By Sharon K. Gilbert
May is a month filled with joy: Flowers, Mother’s Day, Graduations, and a long Memorial Day weekend, but not everyone loves to see May arrive because along with these wonderful opportunities for family and fellowship comes the lonely grind of studying for finals. When I was in college, Spring Finals week was particularly difficult because of the beautiful weather. Spring Fever spread like wildfire all across campus as instructors opened classroom windows (in the older buildings at least) and we longed to be outdoors rather than sitting in our chairs.
Back then, coffee served as the stimulant of choice–for me at least. Today’s students look to something a bit more 21st century and much more costly. Nootropics are a class of drugs that alter or ‘stimulate’ brain function. Noous is the Greek term for the ‘mind’ and ‘trepein’ also a Greek term that means ‘to turn’ or ‘bend’. In other words, Nootropics are mind-bending drugs. Their specific mechanism of action varies, but most improve oxygenation through blood flow and/or alter neurotransmitters. Some even claim to stimulate nerve growth. In fact, there is even a company called ‘Nootropics’ that will happily supply you or your student with the pick-me-up he/she needs to make it through finals week. Here’s a snip from their recent press release:
Oxford, UK — (SBWIRE) — 05/05/2014 — Nootropics is pleased to announce that they are fully stocked and now offer worldwide shipping (and next day delivery in the United Kingdom) on their full line of memory and focus performance supplements. With the end of college semesters approaching the company is ready for the surge in orders across the globe from students looking to enhance their studying and preparation for finals.
read the entire release via Nootropics Fully Stocked and Ready to Ship in Time for Finals – Press Release – Digital Journal.
See also: The Nootropics Guide
It’s interesting that Christ wants to renew our minds, but the enemy wants to hack it. Don’t be fooled into believing you can achieve a higher plane of thought through chemistry. For one thing, the side effects of stimulants–especially when a young person mistakenly assumes ‘more is better’–can be devastating if not lethal. And opening one’s mind to alteration is a gamble at best.
Instead, trust in the One who made us to help us grow in Him.:
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)
God sees us as already perfect in His Son. That’s good enough for me.