The legal drug in the capitalist marketplace…

“Caffeine is the ideal drug for our hyper-capitalist culture, which venerates productivity, especially of wealth, over all other values. Paul Erdos liked to call mathematicians machines for turning coffee into theorems, a joke with a hard truth embedded in it. Caffeine is antithetical to mindfulness, that is, rose-smelling, cloud-watching, paying attention to things and people for their own sake. Caffeine fosters an impatience that erodes enjoyment of the best things in life, such as love, friendship, eating, exercise and work itself.”

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/kicking-my-caffeine-addiction/

I would get a huge 32 ounce iced coffee at 7-11 when I was a delivery driver. In fact, that was often the high point of my day. When I worked in boiler-rooms, there was an endless supply of off brand coffee. In fact, I would always mix my coffee with water to stay hydrated (and the stuff was so bitter tasting.) I’ve often seen liberals spout the health benefits of coffee and red wine the way manurespherians tout the health benefits of nootropics and other shady Alex Jones style “boner pills.” In fact, I still find myself “rewarding” myself after I complete a task I didn’t want to do with a large 7-11 iced coffee or sometimes a hot chocolate. I wonder how much time people would spend on tasks they dislike if they decreased their caffeine intake…