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Thursday, February 02, 2012


February 2, 2012

Are We Getting Ban Happy?
"Anything not good for you is bad, hence, illegal. Alcohol, caffeine, contact sports, meat. Bad language, child play, gasoline, uneducational toys, and anything spicy. Abortion is also illegal. But, then again so is pregnancy, if you don't have a license." Lenina Huxley (Sandra Bullock) in Demolition Man

The year is  2032, the world as we know it has been transformed into one of peace and harmony. All diseases are cured, there is little to no crime, no 'MDK's (Murder, death, kills). Sound perfect, except for the fact that the description is an excerpt from the movie 'Demolition Man' in 1993. Or is it?

Today's society is becoming more and more like the above mentioned. We have become 'ban' happy.  Banning activities, foods, and behaviors that those with large voices deem improper, unhealthy or unwise. The problem comes from the 'forced' imposition and implementation on those who choose to live their lives against the norm. 

Whether it be smoking in public, parking your dog in public, sugar content, diets etc.  The pressure to change the conduct of others comes from social media, multi-media's negative portrayal and the Internets influence. 

Not everyone is okay with being a 'Vegan' or not consuming chocolate, alcohol or tobacco. It's a personal choice as to what you do to your own body. While some legislation is a good idea, over legislation is NOT. 

We don't want to become the society that is described in 'Demolition Man' or if you prefer the world created by George Orwell in the classic novel '1984'. The concept of being 'your brother's keeper' is archaic and has no place in a modern society. Yes, I agree some moderation of activities is required; i.e., murder, theft, terrorism. But telling someone they can't eat 'sugar' because it could make them sick or kill them eventually is way over the top. 

As human beings, we have developed our minds enough to know the difference between right and wrong and we choose on a daily basis what we are going to do and consume. We have the ability to look at all the facts and make a decision that best suits us. Having a governing body tell you that 'eating chocolate is bad for you so now we are going to make it illegal' is beyond their intended purview. 

I've never met anyone who thought the idea of 'dying healthy' was intelligent. If you are dying, you should be sick. If you are healthy you shouldn't be dying. Makes sense when you look at it in that manner.

You see, according to Cocteau's plan... I'm the enemy, 'cause I like to think; I like to read. I'm into freedom of speech and freedom of choice. I'm the kind of guy likes to sit with a greasy spoon and wonder - "Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecued ribs with the side order of gravy fries?" Iwant high cholesterol. I wanna eat bacon and butter and BUCKETS of cheese, okay? I want to smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in the non-smoking section. I want to run through the streets naked with green Jell-O all over my body reading Playboy magazine. Why? Because I suddenly might feel the need to, okay, pal? I've SEEN the future. Do you know what it is? It's a 47-year-old virgin sitting around in his beige pajamas, drinking a banana-broccoli shake, singing "I'm an Oscar Meyer Wiener"  Edgar Friendly (Denis Leary) 'Demolition Man'

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