A Bridge Over The Abyss – The ABOTA Project – Part One

ABSTRACT – It is said – ‘If you give me a fish – you have fed me for a day. If you teach me to fish, then you have fed me until the river is contaminated or the shoreline seized for development. But if you teach me to organize, then whatever the challenge – I can join together with my peers. . . and we will fashion together our own solution’: – [LINK] profound words coming from a young activist, in an increasingly lost generation.

I work Front line on Vancouver Island, British Columbia in the Crystal Meth Community. A program developed out of the need for a pro-active solution to the issue. Walkabout is a free standing program which is focused mainly on Crystal Meth addiction. This brings me to a developing issue within our community and I suggest many others. The is a rapidly growing prevalence of the drug in the school systems on Vancouver Island, and given the apparently unprecedented success of the ‘Walkabout’, Ihave now been approached to develop an intervention strategy to take to the schools. While the most logical approach might be suggested as locking down the school and putting everyone on detox for 100 days, a method which has proved successful in custody settings, a less aggressive approach is needed to be approved by the authorities.

Albert Speer – The architect of Adolf Hitler’s mass appeal commented on Methanphetamines as to how successful the drug was in ‘Turning the human into a feral animal which could then be manipulated for the purposes of the Reich’, and yet today it has become the cheap ‘drug of choice’ leaving one to wonder how it all happened.

Coming to the end of what has been more than ‘Such A Night’ as said the great Dr John, lo it has been Such a Year.


Remembering my early incursion into the world of Blogs – not used to all the jargon: Not used to all the agendas, at least not in this context. But now, slowly I am warming to the idea of using this medium to get the message out, at least this way if people are ignoring me, I won’t have to look at their faces feigning interest as the try to get out of the line of dialog, going home to their warm comfy lives until one day their son or daughter or an neighbor’ son or daughter or even themselves become afflicted by the scourge

There are those famous lines penned by Arlo Guthrie in ‘66

And friends, somewhere in Washington enshrined in some little folder, is a study in black and white of my fingerprints. And the only reason I’m singing you this song now is cause you may know somebody in a similar situation, or you may be in a similar situation, and if your in a situation like that there’s only one thing you can do and that’s walk into the shrink wherever you are ,just walk in say “Shrink, You can get anything you want, at Alice’s restaurant.”.

And walk out. You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick and they won’t take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they’re both faggots and they won’t take either of them.

And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may thinks it’s a movement.’ [L]

Too, I am reminded of the lessons of White Rose and Sophie Scholl –
The famous leaflets of the movement [1] – [2] – [3] – [4] – [5] – [6] – [7?] 



If there has ever been a need for a classic ‘Call to Arms’, that time is now. To quote a famous man from what seems is a long time ago, but is not – ‘The only thing about me is that I am an average healthy human being. All the things I have been able to do, any human being or anyone of you could do equally well or better. I was able to accomplish what I did by refusing to be hooked on a game of life that had nothing to do with the way the universe was going. I was just a throwaway who was willing to commit myself to what needed to be done.’ – R. Buckminster Fuller – THAT TIME IS NOW.

Too often, today people will tend to drop into what will hopefully be termed ‘911’ syndrome, a prevalent behavior before 2001-09-11 yet having become all too pervasive, even institutionalized, today.

By definition, people act out of context of or connection to what is right, either morally or lawfully, imposing their agenda[s] on other regardless and/or with little regard to consequences – However, when they are called on their acts, held accountable for their words, or are responded to in a manner unexpected or heretofor regarded as impossible, they cry foul, become instant victims, especially when those responding were victims, themselves.

I suggest it is incumbent on we, the people, society as a whole to come together with the common goal of defeating what has too rapidly become a scourge. There is, as has too often become the norm, to dissect the root cause of any issue and ascribe blame, and thus abdicate responsibility.
What has happened here, however, it is with blame ascribe, the guilty are wee the people for allowing it to happen. Therefor I would suggest a more appropriate approach would be to accept , of necessity, our culpability and get on with the job of repairing the error.
The first point of entry should be telling those with the ‘Authority’ to change policy within a given operation structure – to STOP NOW. Stop the free distribution of amphetamines to pilot in the AirForces of the world and immediately impost rational Flying/Hour restriction. There will be long and seemingly rational arguments against this, all of which should, of necessity be responded to with ‘THIS STOPS NOW!!
From this beginning, the move should next be made to the civilian sector. Any laboratories found and the buildings containing them should be demolished and the property left clear, with the bill becoming the responsibility and thus liability of the property owner. It should not matter whether th building is free standing or part of a larger complex, the property should be cleared to the boundaries.

Having now brought the scenario to a grinding, yet abrupt halt, the question begs, what to do next. There can be no action justified without constructive solutions to follow. While there will be the fascists who believe that the ‘Final Solution‘, is best, there remain hope that reality, or at least a version of it will prevail and solutions will be found.

That then is the purpose of A Bridge Over The Abyss – to look at constructive solutions.


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