What if Duke never accepted the methamphetamine the circus pushed?

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Re: What if Duke never accepted the methamphetamine the circus pushed?

Post by MollyEnter » 18 Jun 2018, 02:55

Without it, I don't think he would have survived. I think he would have turned more to alcohol and fallen down the rabbit hole of a severe, non functioning alcoholic.
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Post by Jgideon » 21 Jun 2018, 01:03

PeaceLoveNature44 wrote:
06 Jun 2018, 07:53
I feel that he wanted to be accepted in the circus life, and it's what was just normal. He accepted it to fit in, but also to really live the life. If a bag of drugs was handed to me back in the day, for free, I would of took it. Now I have three kids, and I wouldn't dream of it, but the temptation will always be there. If he didn't take the stuff, then he might of fell asleep while driving, and that never ends good. He also probably would of been kind of rejected from the circus life because I feel it may be like part of the job in a way. His life would of been different, but for the better or worse, no one knows. That's part of our life, is making choices, and riding the waves! :)
I also agree that it was his way of fitting in the circus life. It would have been rather difficult to live the circus life without picking up some of the behaviors of the rest of the guys.

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Post by Jgideon » 21 Jun 2018, 01:04

MollyEnter wrote:
18 Jun 2018, 02:55
Without it, I don't think he would have survived. I think he would have turned more to alcohol and fallen down the rabbit hole of a severe, non functioning alcoholic.
I agree with you. Life would have been harder and messy without it.

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Post by mcfeealexis » 29 Jun 2018, 11:11

Yes I think that if he did not accept it he may have not even stayed in the circus because everyone around him would have still being doing it. He could have gone on to do something else with his life.

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Post by drunyan » 29 Jun 2018, 23:25

I think that if Duke had refused the bags of drugs, then he would have been seen as an outsider. Like he was not really a full participant in the lifestyle of the performers.

Each person had their own issues and problems, but the use of methamphetamine was not considered a problem, it was a tool that helped them do their jobs.

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Post by LV2R » 01 Jul 2018, 02:47

I remember seeing the circus as a kid. I never thought that their lives were so hard and difficult. I think that Duke was in a "catch-22" about the drugs. He needed to keep alert and awake for his job, but was it really a safe thing to do? Taking illegal drugs is not the best choice and I am sure Duke's life would have been different if he had not taken them.

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Post by Sarah_Khan » 05 Jul 2018, 17:21

Like most people have mentioned, if he didn't take the drugs it probably would have changed everything that came after. Made it harder to keep up with his lifestyle, fit in, etc.

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Post by LaurenHaupt » 13 Jul 2018, 09:05

Probably wouldn't want to be in the circus anymore. Would have a different choice of lifestyle.

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Post by Stanley Ann » 14 Jul 2018, 01:46

I think that he would have found a solution to his troubles

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