I like smoking. I currently smoke a lot when out on the town and then not at all at home or work. So I am biased.
But what I don’t understand is the negativity with which anti-smoking people attack the issues. Sure smoking is dodgy for your health, but why ban and tax it? Why not fund R&D into safer cigarettes? And what happens to all their efforts when in 20 years there is a significant probability we can grow a new set of replacement lungs in a vat and in 30 years regenerative drugs that mop up any smoking damage caused at all? What happens then? Their campaign collapses and, much like in the mess of battlestar galactica and most decent realistic speculative fiction that realizes this, everybody smokes again and no one gives a shit. It’d be hard to keep up a ban or tax on something just cause it is stinky! And perhaps the future holds stink-free cigarettes!
But yeah … The real point would be that if someone was truly worried about the ‘evils’ of smoking, I’d be placing my efforts into medical research and product design. The current banning and high taxing of tobacco is effectively a selective tax on the poor and those, like Stephen Fry, who self-medicate with nicotine to offset the symptoms of serious mental disease.
No collective human activities or actions, such as globalisation or, for that matter, trends in popular culture such as fashions in films, books or haute couture, can be understood without recognising that it is how a group or population sees the future that shapes events. Feelings, not rational calculations, are what matter. To see what our world might be like tomorrow, next year or next decade, we need to spend time and money investigating “social mood”.
Seriously. Where does the money come from? Where do people who are so obese that they can’t leave the house, let alone go to work or the shops….. GET THEIR MONEY FROM??? I don’t get it!!! Same with hoarders… how can an unemployed person spend $200 a week on junk???
Theres something going on here and I’m just not clued onto it.
- History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell, 1945.