These are good times to read Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy – particularly the Inferno. That is because we are living through it.
Everywhere we turn, society, systems, economies, morality and common sense are disintegrating before our eyes.
There seems to be a direct relationship between the drive to prohibition and total control by the state (and a health establishment gone utterly insane), and our social disintegration. That relationship is quite understandable, actually: the more the people and the “authorities” feel that the situation is out of control, the more adamant becomes the instinct to tighten the grip. But a fist that tightens water is still an empty fist.
We have seen, in the last few days, smokers being harassed in the streets by antitobacco in England and fat people being harassed in the streets by antifat in Scotland (stored copy). Now Michael Siegel reports the latest American insanity: tax cigarettes (thus smokers) to cover malpractice lawsuits against doctors!
“According to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, physicians in Pennsylvania are lobbying the legislature to renew a program in which the revenues from a 25 cent increase in the state’s cigarette tax is allocated to help subsidize doctors’ required malpractice premium payments. The program is apparently out of money and will die if the legislature does not renew the cigarette tax increase for this purpose.”
The disposable people can be raped once again by those who kill them and who lie to them about smoking. This will go on, of course, until smokers begin to physically rebel. However being a victim is, in the inferno we are living through, a very comfortable position: one can whine without responsibilities, what a deal. We leave the rest of the comments to Siegel.
Yes, read Alighieri’s Inferno. Take the trip with Dante through the politically correct, Therapeutic State. But this time, unfortunately, there is no Virgil to escort you through the Circles; Virgilio was a closet smoker and he is now serving time in Heaven.
As if it were a no smoking sign at the entrance of a building, when you enter read the warning to set your spirit: “Lasciate ogni speranza voi ch’entrate” (Abandon all hope, ye who enter).