El Grande wrote:
I come from an area which has a very rigid drink/drugs social lifestyle where it is almost impossible to spend recreational time with others without getting high or getting hammered at the bar, its all everybody seems to do here, it seems like there is no getting away from it. What is the MBT perspective on drink and drugs? Surely interaction with others has its benefits as opposed to being completely alone. Anyone had similar experiences?
I've been noticing lately that the environmnt that I happen to be in has a subtle effect on the nature of thinkable thoughts that are available to be: literally, one piece of ground seems to admit certain kinds of thoughts while making others unthinkable, which in another place become available while the first group fades into obscurity. These are places of nature in Montana (the state), and human-social effects are not a part of the dynamics. It is almost as each region has its own vibrational 'key signature' ( as in musical scores) and meter, and some melodies that are best aired on a cello ore lost or nonsensible on a kazoo.
Your question seems to relate to a subset of that general issue.
My general plan, if I were in a situation that I would describe as you have yours, would be to get out of town.
Failing that, I would let it be known that I have a contagious viscious disease, and was none too careful about sanitation.
The whole 'evolve by interacting with others' dynamic is real, but part of that is learning to know when to say "No. I am not of this kind of energy, and I don't wish to be."
You likely won't get to develop the moral sensibilities of Mother Teresa, nor the intellectual discrimination of a scientist, nor the sensitivities of the artist and mystic, if you are spending your off hours drinking with and drugging with and fighting with and having sex with motorcycle gangs.
We do tend to become somewhat like those beings with whom we interact. There are exceptions, but they are beyond the sensible bounds of this post.