Dalrymple dislikes the implication that
in the relationship between a person and heroin, heroin is the active participant. It is the person who grips the heroin, not the other way round.
The status of heroin addict
is one that is sought after. Once achieved, it is not slavery or enchainment, it is a lack of anything considered important enough to give up for.
is another of the myriad ways of fulfilling the human urge to self-destruction.