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Maybe that's a good thing. The US ranks poorly in education but quite high in drug use, despite years of a "war on drugs". Perhaps a "War on Education" is just what we need to turn those stats around.
But drugs are very much like religion: the promises given to induce someone to partake of either one, are nebulous, pie-in-the-sky (literally) and grand.
And the effort to partake of either is exactly the opposite of the promises: dirt simple, very easy and requiring nearly zero effort to achieve.
In short? Getting addicted to illegal drugs and getting deeply tangled in religion, are perfect for someone who want's instant gratification with minimal effort.
Education, on the flip side? Education requires ... work. Sometimes rather a lot of work-- take the scientific theory of evolution in it's current form: it takes quite a bit of basic foundational material, just to begin to understand the simplest of understanding.
And that represents quite a bit of a mental workout.
If a person is lazy? If they have been trained to always take the instant-gratification route?
They just won't get why scientific evolution is reasonable-- they lack the fundamental science to grasp the essential meanings of >>why<< evolution is both fact and theory.
It is just not really possible to justify scientific evolution in 30 second sound-bites and single-syllable words....
... but. You >>can<< sell the dubious "rewards" of both religion and of illegal drugs in 30 seconds or less-- if the listener isn't too critical of the message ...
Is there a correlation? I think so..