Chronicle “C’est la vie”

In the United States, parents resolve conflicting relationships with their children using a powder of hallucinogenic mushrooms…

Americans are not afraid of anything. Very curious, they are ready to explore everything. This is what often gives them a head start when it comes to research. And, as they are great pragmatists, they are ready to test everything to find a solution to their problems. Gift incentive for Covid vaccination, exile of the homeless who spoil the city landscape, recipe-instructions for flirting and making love, etc.

At the moment, their problem is their obstacles to educating their children. As for the rest, nothing natural, instinctive in their attitude. They need “instructions for use”: how to understand them, support them, develop them. Note that they don’t talk about “marking” them, which is still the basis of education. No, what these parents are looking for is a “peaceful” relationship with their offspring. It seems that at 4, 5, 6 years old the kid is already capable of generating mad aggression in his parents. So there is an emergency…

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Well, the boho elite of American parents have found a solution: take a pinch of hallucinogenic mushrooms to empathize with the little monster, and moreover with everyone in the (blended) family. Be careful, it’s not about selfishly getting high and revisiting your trip experience. Although the psilocybin contained in the product can reconnect you with your childhood traumas. This is precisely the objective of “psilocybin-assisted” therapies. Applied to education, this “assistance” would make you feel what your tyrannical toddler is going through and, therefore, help you to defuse your desires to spank him and lock him in his room. What any educator with a working brain would do. But no, this education is the guarantee of passing for a heartless dragon.

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The trend appeared two or three years ago in New York and California. Not in the poor suburbs, one suspects. In circles where one has time to observe one’s discomfort and frustrations. To sum up the context: parenting is great, but it’s physically and nervously exhausting. We don’t understand the whims of his screaming kid, we can’t find any way to calm him down… Worse: impossible to find his own tranquility once he’s asleep. On the contrary, the explosions of the devil create tensions and conflicts in the couple. “Routine”, any child psychiatrist would tell you. A tragedy for these poor Americans.

In Brooklyn or Santa Barbara, they are organized in therapeutic seminars, under the guidance of specialists from the famous Johns Hopkins Hospital. Matthew W. Johnson is their prophet. A researcher in psychoactive substances – that is to say in drugs – he treated depression, deep anxieties and phobias with all kinds of hallucinogens. Why not. And, yes, he confirms that more and more parents are resolving their conflicting relationships with the help of these magic powders. What does it get them? “A wider angle of vision on their own behaviors and reactions towards their children”, but also “a self-compassion towards their parental role” and, suddenly, “a greater capacity to understand the vulnerability and the dilemmas” of their cherub. It’s so huge it looks like a sixty-eight parody.

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We dare not imagine what will become of these offspring brought up in this smashed empathy. Just hope that, faced with the disarming infantilism of these abandoned parents, the kids decide to put the kibosh.

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