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In his opening statement to An Introduction to Critical Thinking WH Werkmeister states Mens control over the forces of nature ha become possible only because his intelligence and understanding have enabled him to run to his own advantage what otherwise might have destroyed him 15 On the contrary mans control over the forces of nature may be the problem leading to his own destruction New ideas thoughts and technologies are discovered daily with the hopes of enhancing social order and status On occasion some of these same discoveries are not making the progressive steps forward that they were created to make In the ever-increasing power of athletics people are begging for a new technology that will somehow give an advantage needed to exceed in competition Approximately one million Americans currently using steroids demonstrates how people are looking for a quick fix or the fastest catalyst for building muscles Kowalski 1 Countless variations of ove r-the-counter drugs can be bought each of which claim the product will be the one miracle drug that helps to change the body into a stacked sculpture of art Enhancing Roe 2 drugs such as steroids and athletics collide for better or worse when athletes shatter previous records because of physical developments due to these drugs Many vitamins and drugs do help to build stronger muscles and change ones physical appearance but no other drug available today compares to the physical and psychological power of steroids Despite the incredible improvements in physical developments steroids are not worth the damaging short-term and long-term side effects Society puts a variety of pressures on athletes to excel in sports which to some may be insurmountable Defending the confusion and frustration of athletes John C Weistart of Duke University makes and excellent observation when he said They athletes are surrounded by people boosting their egos and telling them theyre invulnerable to the ordinary pressures that we all face An athlete has to deal
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