“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.” ~Edward P. Morgan
There was a time, and has been in just about every country, when books were not mass distributed as they are today. Not only was reading limited to the wealthy few who could afford books, but the ability to read was limited to the few scholars who were able to study it.
Reading was not available to the poor masses, and thus the masses remained poor. Even the reading which was distributed throughout various nations was propaganda intended to influence the people to agree with current political thought, and to update them on current regime changes.
Reading as a pastime and reading as a form of self development were both concepts which were not available to the public, and which almost perpetually kept individuals from crossing over class ranks. What does any of this have to do with drug and alcohol screening?
Drug testing in the workplace is meant to evaluate which of your employees are abiding by company policy, but the abuse itself is caused by lack of this self development. In other words, drug abuse and alcoholism create powerlessness in each individual, steadily increasing that sense of powerlessness over time until their body is destroyed and their reasoning is too affected to save it, or even know that it needs saving.
Books build perspective in an individual, and this leads to less dependence upon external sources of validation, such as drugs and alcohol. Many great minds have prescribed to the theory that reading one book every day will feed your mind, much like great cooking feeds your body, and they engage in this daily activity in order to stay healthy on all counts.
In the meantime, drug and alcohol testing is used as a highly effective tool to make sure that your employees are aware that rules in your company are to be followed and that their personal issues are to be dealt with in places other than their workplace. For more information about drug and alcohol screening in Australia, call CMM Technology today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.