’Nothing is so much to be feared as fear’.
Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862
The anti-smoking brigade have long endorsed ’fear’ as the tool of choice to persuade us to join their cult.
We have had the fear of our own imminent death from lung cancer. We had the fear of damaging our unborn children. We had the fear of damaging the lungs of the buxom bar maid in our local pub.
Then we moved onto the second tier, we had the fear of instilling the fear of our death in our children.
This morning we get word of a new tack. We must now fear damaging the lungs of our pet parrot.
This climate of fear is being used to control us. We are told what to think, what to say, what to do. We are encouraged to see the rest of the world as victims of our wrong doing, and infused with guilt as part of the process.
Whatever happened to personal responsibility, to deciding for yourself not to smoke if that was best for your health, for deciding for yourself not to work in a smoke filled bar if that was best for your health?
The list of examples in which personal responsibility for behaviour is denied goes on and on. But if we are not responsible for our actions, then who is?
It must be the State — at which point, we give society the absolute right to control our personal lives.