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Old-Growth Disease

You’re out there and you don’t think that anyone can see those things that you do when no one’s looking because you do them when no one’s looking but I can see you and I can see them.

When I pass you in the street and our eyes meet and we don’t exchange any words and you draw your shoulders in from the cold I can see those things that you do. It’s in the eyes.

They’re tired and sad and weak and they betray you.

They betray the roots setting in your soil and you should know that once they set they’ll grow inward and ensnare your heart faster than you thought was ever possible. They’ll tighten their grip like a dog’s jaws during a kill frenzy locked on the cat’s throat while the owner pleads and pleads with it to let go and the cat’s not dead yet but he looks it because he’s still.

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The New Law of Diminishing Returns

Law of diminishing returns: if one input in the production of a commodity is increased while all other inputs are held fixed, a point will eventually be reached at which additions of the input yield progressively smaller, or diminishing, increases in output. —Encyclopedia Britannica (Online)

The law of diminishing returns is a concept usually limited to the economic world. I was recently reminded, though, of its cruel application in the world of cocaine abuse. I’ve been around this form of abuse my entire life—in one form or another—and each experience left me searching for an answer to one fundamental question:

What makes this drug so destructive?

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