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The Traveler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 12:22 AM
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124. I love these threads
Edited on Mon Mar-23-09 12:24 AM by The Traveler
The self-righteous identify themselves quite easily.

The Buddha observed that to live is to suffer. The correct way to deal with that, according to that tradition, is to seek enlightenment. That probably is the best way to proceed.

For most, life is a struggle waged against ever increasing levels of pain. So, why give people so much crap about taking some pleasure in life? If you live long enough, some agonizing, degenerative disease will take you out of this world not long after the doctors and drug companies have sucked your bank accounts dry. It might as well be lung cancer, in my viewpoint. In fact, I would prefer it to Alzheimer's.Just me. Ironically,

I know lots of self-righteous anti-smokers who are, frankly, obese. They seek comfort in food. I prefer a smoke with a cup of coffee ... or maybe a shot of Irish whiskey. Both approaches are inferior to the quest for enlightenment and are certain to lead to an earlier grave. The difference is the self righteous prefer to tax my vice, though according to recent studies McDonald's is at least a lethal as Marlboro.

It is easy to quit smoking. I have done it hundreds of times (sorry, Mr. Clemens). Staying quit does seem to be the greater challenge. Actually, staying out of jail without nicotine might be the greater challenge. I will never claim to be a poster child for mental health. I've long ago figured out that I smoke for your comfort and safety. And I know I am not the only brave soul around these parts who risks cancer for your well being and the greater good of our communities.

But do the self righteous gonks around here express any appreciation for our sacrifice? Of course not. They are, after all, the morally superior. This has been made abundantly clear, many, many times. It reminds me, frankly, of the puritanical monologues I encountered as a boy in various churches of the South. I didn't care for it much them. I find it kinda funny now, when some 150 lbs overweight goober lectures me about my health choices.

I really don't give a crap about the opinions of the new Puritans. But it is kinda nice to know who they are ...

In truth, I am once again trying to live tobacco free. So far, only small appliances and a recalcitrant Windows box have suffered the consequences. I might make it this time. Then again, I might again suffer ignominious failure. I can do all manner of difficult things, but quiting the filthy weed thus far has not been one of them. Alas. At least I will go to my grave knowing that I will have missed the last 5-10 WORST years or so of my best case life span, and I will have a hell of a lot more fun and friendship than most of ya. Have fun with the degenerative brain diseases that await the clean living! :evilgrin:


** edited because while Trav may sometime quit smoking, he apparently will NEVER spell check BEFORE posting! **

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