PART VI: The Teens
Haiti, obviously it's one of the most poor countries in the Western hemisphere. It's very close to the United States, really. It's had a long relationship with lots of countries that I've been involved with, you know, the United States, France. And it's like a desperately poor place. And when these terrible disasters happen in a very poor place, the result is magnified over and over and over and over what it would be in a country that is more accessible, with more infrastructure left and so on. So this is like a huge, massive disaster for one of the poorest, poorest countries - and it's so poor, it's very hard to describe how poor it is compared to all the other countries in our hemisphere... (The Haitians) have a wonderful spirit, they have an amazing attitude to life, a very vibrant culture, a very vibrant cultural life in music, in dance, poetry... carving, painting is amazing, so they have a very varied cultural life, but they've had terrible poverty that they've endured for hundreds of years since the independence of Haiti two hundred years ago. So they've had to endure a terrible lifestyle, mismanagement and so on, so this perhaps for Haiti could be the most terrible moment but it could also be a turning point where Haiti would get all the help it needs to restructure its society, so they can take advantage of the wonderful human resources that they have.
In 1971, I certainly wasn't thinking, Oh, it's a new page or The '60s are over. Because the '60s were very different at the beginning than they were at the end... (M)aybe some decades have that acceleration on, and others, not so much. I mean, we've had a lot of acceleration now. Technology is just incredible. God knows if we'll survive it.
The whole question of legalizing drugs is fraught... You usually try these things out in very small places... You know, like you try a new product out in a small kind of society or an island somewhere. And in England they always try out new mobile phones in Isle of Man. They've got a captive society. So I said, you should try - you should try the legalization of all drugs on the Isle of Man and see what happens. Human beings seem to have a propensity to want to take drugs in some form... It seems to be the propensity of human beings to want to use them... I think you have to take that as read, you know. But then what do you do when it affects so many people's lives, and not in a good way. And then also you get a lot of violence at both ends of the scope. So you get violence in some countries... which, like, we have in Mexico now, and you get violence at the other end of people trying to obtain drugs. That's the part that speaks to some sort of legalization. Because that, you would hope, would help the violence from both ends of the supply line.