The debate whether smoking in public buildings or
public areas should be totally prohibited, is the last and final battle
for the freedom of the individual.
Since man’s humble beginnings as hunters and
gatherers, there has been the tension between the group and the
individual. These tribal groups served a purpose, namely to protect the
group members against the dangers that lurked all around. Life outside
the tribes, in this hostile world of savage beasts and even more savage
fellow humans, was very hard.
But there were individuals who refused the protection
of a tribe. This was possible. No one could force them to join a tribe,
and if some ambitious tribal potentate wanted to extend his powers to
them, they could just walk away. Thus, the globe was populated by humans
who were born in freedom. With development to an agricultural society
came larger groups with control over a greater section of the human
population. It was not possible to walk away anymore. These groups
eventually developed into what we now know as states. The world was now
populated by states and humans were no longer born in freedom.
Coping with this sad conclusion has taken its toll on
humanity. Every man, woman or child has dealt with this endlessly,
either consciously or unconsciously. From this transcendental
frustration emerge all problems of the world. Armed conflicts, social
inequality, poverty and intolerance have all their genesis in the fact
that mankind has lost its freedom to the group. One could say that all
individual psychological problems, including tobacco dependency, are the
direct result of this deeply felt frustration. The same phenomenon that
has thrown humanity into the bottomless despair of life after freedom,
wants to ban the only relief to its very existence, and cut its victims
off from their last experience of personal freedom: smoking.
The debate about whether smoking in public places
should be totally prohibited cannot be answered with anything other than
a clear and simple “No!”.
The main argument that is used to defend banning
smoking in public buildings and even sidewalks in some cities, is that
smoking can be hazardous to one’s health. This is as hypocritical as
Pilate himself. The restrictions on liberty are far more hazardous to
one’s health than cigarettes ever can be. It is the anguish of the post
freedom life that kills.
Banning smokers from public buildings or public areas
means that the last breath of the human soul will make its final journey
into oblivion. We cannot let that happen. Some things are up to the
individual to decide and are not to be curtailed by others, whichever
positive objective these restriction may serve. The prohibition of
smoking in public places is a first step on a road, that humanity will
not have the chance to regret.
And by the way, I don’t smoke.
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