Let ’em get High

I have really been digging Mondo Cozmo’s song, Shine.  I have projected my libertarian bias onto the song lyrics.  I searched to see if I could find any insight into what Josh Ostrander really means by the following:

Let ’em get high
Let ’em get stoned
Everything will be alright if you let it go

I had no luck.  I found one interview where he declined to say whether or not he was religious because of the way the song seemed to be resonating with people.  From there, I took it that he was cool with people assigning their own meaning to it.

Normally, I like to try and ascertain what a writer means by his words.  I thought in the lyrics I quoted that Ostrander is talking to someone.  Is he talking to himself?  Is he talking to God? I don’t know.

Since it didn’t look like I was going to find out who was being addressed, I decided that I might as well assign my own meaning to it.

I want it to mean that we, collectively, ought to mind our own business regarding marijuana use.  It is okay if people get stoned.  We don’t have to agree with it, but we have no more business making it illegal than we did prohibiting alcohol use.

I want it to mean, that it is okay to just let people get high because God has got this.  Jesus saves, not us.  We aren’t going to save people by sending the cops after them for smoking a joint, we are going to make their lives even worse.

We all have to go through our own trials and temptations.  It is so often that making mistakes is how we can truly understand why something is a mistake.  If we support pot being illegal, we are supporting magnifying the consequences of its usage.  Pot use already comes with consequences, which in the grand scheme of things, are actually pretty mild.

We do not do any favors for full grown adults by trying to use laws to keep them from exercising their free will, so long as they are not hurting others.  Adults should be treated as adults so they can make their own mistakes and learn from those mistakes.  So… let ’em get high.

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