Not long ago was the 90th birthday of someone who died just about two weeks ago. A very long-time member of my church.
He was a ‘legalizer.’
He wanted to see all drugs (re)legalized and regulated, to end the plethora of needless harms and to treat both drug users and drug addicts with compassion.
He was also a teetotaler. For those who don’t know what that means, it means he didn’t drink alcohol. I have to admit that I didn’t learn that until after he passed away.
I only recently learned he was a teetotaler because I’d not seen him for most of my adult life and when I saw him recently he asked what I was doing. I told him about the Drug War, LEAP, and the need to legalize. I had barely begun talking when he agreed with me, and more! I was both taken by surprise and pleasantly surprised.
Some may say he was a joker and just kidding. But he was an engineer, familiar with logic, isolating variables, and so forth, I hope to honor him and God by learning from what his daughter said at his funeral.
Ironically, even though statistically, people who consume alcohol live longer, he defied that trend, going against the flow and living to nearly 90-years-old.