I was sent an article yesterday [thanks, Ian].
It was a piece by David Hockney in the Financial Times –
It’s an excellently written article, well worth a read and I agree with everything he says, but the headline intrigued me.
The Anti-Smoker Brigade are constantly telling us about the incredible damage we are doing to ourselves. Half of all smokers will die [presumably then the other half are immortal?]. Smoking causes fourteen million conditions. We are all going to die a horribly painful death from cancer and heart disease not to mention everything else from Athlete’s Foot up to and including Ebola.
But what about the Anti-Smokers, the Health Nazis and the Fitness Freaks?
Every single one of them is going to die also, and ironically a significant number will die from cancer and heart disease. In fact they will grossly outnumber the smokers in the cancer and heart clinics. How will they feel when they get that diagnosis? Will they go into complete denial saying they cannot possibly have those fatal conditions because they don’t smoke? Will they at last see that they could have lived a life of non-denial because in the end all that abstinence and all those punishing hours on the treadmill meant nothing? Will some idiot claim he caught cancer from watching someone smoke in a film? Will some of the more rabid fanatics even claim on their deathbed to be smokers in a last ditch attempt to distort the figures?
Even in life they are subject to the same illnesses that plague the world. They too will have coughs, colds and the ‘flu. They too will suffer the myriad of little irritations that infect us all. Unfortunately for them there is no single ailment that is unique to smokers, so whatever we get, they get. It’s as simple as that.
The sad fact is that we are all going to die, and surprisingly enough that includes the Health Nazis. Yes, they too are going to die, and they are subject to the same roll of the dice as the rest of us. Just because they have preached the Gospel of Healthy Lifestyle and Abstinence doesn’t exempt them from any of the little nasties that fate has in store. Can you imagine the frustration in the mind of an Anti-Smoker as he dies of cancer?
I wonder if, as they head towards that great white light how many are going to regret the fact that it was all in vain and they really should have concentrated more on carefree happiness rather than obsessive abstemious lifestyles?
Contrary to what they would have you believe – a healthy lifestyle does not guarantee eternal life.