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Never before in the life of our nation have more drugs – legal and illegal – been consumed than now, and in such an acute time as this, it is difficult to evaluate which mood-altering drugs carry moral legitimacy. In these pages, author John-Mark Miravalle explores, through a Catholic lens, the phenomenon of chemical mood alteration and reflects on our feelings of pleasure and suffering and how they relate to the rest of our humanity.
Masterfully combining philosophy, theology, and science, Miravalle equips you with the tools you need to make decisions based on your own particular circumstances. With the help of these edifying pages, you’ll learn what effect the uses of particular substances typically have on your ability to regulate your feelings and cultivate an emotional life that leads to happiness and fulfillment over time.
You’ll also learn:
Why it matters whether a drug is used for recreational or therapeutic purposes
The moral distinction between casual marijuana use and the enjoyment of alcohol
The difference between bodily passion and psychic passion – and why it matters
Why good and evil and right and wrong do not correspond to pleasure and pain
Why some people claim to have mystical experiences when using psychedelic drugs – and why they’re wrong
Why not all delight is true delight
How sorrow can enhance your faculty for joy
What to do when suffering becomes disordered
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