Drugs, Addiction and Initiation: The Modern Search for Ritual

Drugs, Addiction and Initiation: The Modern Search for Ritual
Author: Luigi Zoja
Language English
Pages: 133
ISBN10: 3856305955
Genre: Nonfiction
Goodreads Rating: 4.00
ISBN13: 9783856305956
Published: January 1st 2000 by Daimon Verlag

Luigi Zoja argues that the pervasive abuse of drugs in our society can in large part be ascribed to a resurgence of the collective need for initiation and initiatory structures: a longing for something sacred underlies our culture’s manic drive toward excessive consumption. In a society without ritual, the drug addict seeks not so much the thrill of a high as the satisfaction of an inner need for a participation mystique in the dominant religion of our times: consumerism.