In 1998, South Africa threatened to pass a law that would forbid smokers – listen up: to smoke in their own homes.
Now. I have house rules that forbid people to smoke inside my house – I’m a non-smoker and have an asthmatic kid. But I deeply resent any government or other self-proclaimed ruling body reaching with their long arm (and long fingers) into my home and making rules for me and mine.
Here’s the laugh: They want to outlaw smoking but not the sale of cigarettes? They want their butter toasted on both sides? What on Earth would anyone want to buy cigarettes for, if not to smoke them? The whole tobacco trade and industry exists because there are end users rolling those leaves up and setting flame to them. In other words, similar to the KFC chicken farms, tobacco is grown so that eventually it will go up in flames.
How much Amazonian rain forest gets cut down so that tobacco plantations can be established? How many companies and traders enrich themselves so that some poor sod at the other end can be addicted to the rubbish? The smokers themselves are the victims of this whole lot.
To target them first and the drivers of the whole scheme last – or not at all – it’s just not right.
But the smoking industry was dumb.
They should put Monsanto in charge of their PR.
Within two quick research studies Monsanto would establish that 1) smoking is good for your health and 2) should in fact be made mandatory. And the governments would hop to it to write smoking into law.
(This looks like a random ad by WordPress but it is not. It’s a link posted by me. Follow the link, you’ll get the rest of my drift.)
Guess it’s a fine balance between personal freedom (which comes with responsibilities) and government control of the populace (“sheeple”).
Let’s presume 90% of humankind is really stupid and immature and cannot be trusted to make responsible decisions. (See link above. Or growing weed in your back garden – or organic tomatoes.)
So the 10% that is intelligent and mature and responsible will just have to suck it up and be government-patronized along with the 90%. And the government knows best and makes wise decisions.
This is a government you can pick yourself – the definition of democracy. (Of course they all agree on the major matters, such as legalizing abortion and unanimously not making the sale of fuel-driven transport illegal for the good of Earth. Honestly – those emissions are as toxic as cigarette smoke.)
The government is not some ruling elite – that would be a return to the Pharaoh system of yonx. They are just people, just like you.
Wouldn’t that mean that by 90% probability they would be “sheeple” themselves, too stupid to make their own decisions and in need of governance?
Oh – they are not? They are intelligent? So what is the 10% elite doing ruling the 90% majority??
Oh – the first premise is wrong and 90% of people are in fact not too dumb to make good decisions? Well then, why do we need such patronizing governments and such invasive laws??
What are you smoking?