My father can be excused: As a young man, he wanted to be part of the group:
As I explain in EPISODE XIX - YOUR IDENTITY, YOUR CLAIM, YOUR FLIGHT, when everyone around him was smoking, especially men, he had to join in the ritual and thus, paid the ultimate price. For those young men and women of today, who do smoke, especially around young children, SHAME, SHAME ON YOU!
In most cases, when I am out with friends celebrating, I am always chosen as the designated driver. I am not sure if I am selected because of my ability to remain sober, or more importantly, to have me, describe their hilarious behavior, while intoxicated.
The final question I put to our teens, "Why would you have a need to abuse drugs in the first place?".
Here is a possible answer in which adults need to get involved. Being there for our youth in their time of need and guidance is a "first" step.
Our "Biological Soup of chemicals."
To make the case further, that we are a "soup of very balanced chemicals." The latest finding should help in this understanding if you were to read the following article:
The Newest Antibiotic Is Right Under Your Nose. Well, Inside It, Actually.
This is one of a myriad of articles. Findings where nature is much ahead of our "smarts" when it comes to bringing a balance in its "life ecosystem." Nature provides us with all the tools and advantages for our survival as a species. However, nature has the capability to remove any life form, which it deems unacceptable, which interferes with this balance of its "life chemistry."
Finally, to return to the original question posed by my student skeptics: If I am hallucinating in some way (Being on drugs)? The question arises because I make the following claims. (a) I am 3018 years old, (b) that I can raise my body temperature to 45+ C. (c) Just as important to me, whether my stories are, in fact, true? If you watch the following video and let your creative imagination work, you might draw your own conclusions as to my being truthful, or I am hallucinating: