Should I Use Recreational Drugs?


It’s nobody’s business if I use recreational drugs.

Q1 Analysis

This is not a Q1 violation unless you would rely on others to make your drug use their business in certain circumstances (e.g., if you became addicted).

Q2 Analysis

This is not a Q2 violation insofar as you do not use drugs in a way that you might object to someone else using them (while driving a tanker truck, for example).


This is a very broad statement, and as such may be difficult to justify. To agree with this statement and avoid both Q1 and Q2 violations, you would likely have to agree with all of the following statements:

A more narrow statement might be more philosophically valid. For example, you might be able to argue that recreational drug use that does not impact others is nobody’s business but yours.

How does your opinion on this subject compare with your opinion of other issues involving personal moral choices about risky or somewhat-socially-unacceptable behavior? Is there any difference? Should there be? Consider the following:

Consider also whether or not you think it is anyone else’s business if the following people use recreational drugs. Does it matter what kind they use or when they use them?

You are encouraged to leave your answers to the questions posed in this post in the comments section. This post is based on an excerpt from Ask Yourself to be Moral, by D. Cancilla, available at and See the 2Q system page for details of the philosophical system mentioned in this post.

Posted on December 3, 2010 at 9:47 pm by ideclare · Permalink
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