Truth or Consequences

Americaís disturbing insistence in believing that science has rendered us invincible.

Everyone who doesnít live under a rock now knows that Viagra, the anti-impotence pill, has done wonders for men whose sex lives were previously... somewhat lacking. "Miraculous ," they say. "Wonderful. What a boon for guys who canít get it up. Now they can be fucking maniacs, which every normal, healthy man wants to be, of course."

What most people fail to acknowledge is that their new wonderdrug has a dark side.

Sure, there are the news flashes: "Warning! Viagra may be hazardous to your health! Three men have died already." Anyone who knows how Viagra works - it increases the blood flow to the abdomen - could have easily deduced that people with heart problems and high blood pressure shouldnít take it. Those peopleís whole cardiovascular systems are precarious enough already that one would think theyíd be worried about the strain that not only Viagra, but also vigorous sex after a long stint of not having any would incur on their poor beleaguered bodies. But people - men in particular, I think, especially where sex is involved - like to think theyíre invincible. Nothing can hurt them, and shit, if a drugís been put on the market, it must be safe. Give it to your children, take double the recommended dosage, but of course nothing bad will happen! The scientists wouldn't let that happen. And if something bad did happen, why, the doctors would be able to fix you in no time. Scientists all over the world are concocting these miracle compounds that will improve your sex life without compromising other aspects of your health in any way!! Those little "warning" labels? You donít need to read Ďem! Bad side effects? As the little Sicilian guy from The Princess Bride liked to say, "Inconceivable!" (of course, Wesley poisoned him soon after.) "What could possibly go wrong with our miracle drugs?" people think.

Then those people die.

Why do people assume that if a medication is put on the market, itís perfectly safe? Youíd think weíd learn, after all the problems that have cropped up with flipper babies, cancer-causing agents, and chemicals that eat away at your nervous system that no one realized were dangerous until, well, people started having flipper babies and getting cancer. But no, itís "If itís FDA approved, it MUST be safe! Why, itís probably even GOOD for me!"

What!?

The same reasoning applies when thinking about other aspects of life, too, as if actions taken today have no repercussions, either immediately or down the road. "I can smack my child, because he needs to be taught a lesson. After he learns that lesson, he wonít think about the being hit part, just about what heís learned." Yeah. Or the frightening idea that immediate gratification today - be it sexual pleasure, or revenge, or what have you - will not affect the future. Why do you think there are so many unwanted pregnancies, or drug addicts willing to beg, steal, cheat, or murder for drug money? People want immediate physical pleasure, and donít want to be bothered with thinking about its consequences in the future. Itís the whole "I want what I want, and I want it NOW" mentality, and itís pretty much kicked our society in the nuts.

People donít care much about each other anymore. Itís every man for himself, be it in the workplace or in the sack. What happened to "growing old together"? What happened to love and companionship, porch swings and Yahtzee? If I was seventy years old and my husband scored himself some Viagra in order to feel like a young stud again, Iíd probably clock the old goat in the head with my boot and flush the pills down the toilet. Iíd rather have a live, impotent husband than a stiff dead one.

Everyone needs to stop for a moment, think about whatís going on around him, and be a little more cautious. Read the warning labels, folks. And donít believe everything you hear.

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this page by sparky ( kumquat37@hotmail.com )
written 08/04/98