An article appeared in the Irish independent yesterday.
It's not just recommended reading; it should be compulsory reading as it sums up a lot of what's rotten about the way society is heading.
The article expresses basically what I have been saying for a long time [only better written] about the creeping prohibition that is the hallmark of the last couple of decades, and longer. Like the blowing sands of a desert, it creeps inexorably forward onto good arable land and rendering it bland and unproductive. They don't approve, so it must be banned or regulated. It makes people happy so it must go. It's unhealthy so it must be illegal.
There was a competition somewhere that Herself mentioned – something about writing an article on what we think would make our lives better. My response was to be treated like an adult, and that I couldn't spin six words into six hundred and we forgot about it [until now].
That's only half the story though. Of course I want to be treated with the respect and trust that my age would imply. I am not an infant who has to be told what's good for me and what's bad for me – I know or don't care, and everyone else can mind their own fucking business. But there is another aspect to this creeping prohibition and that is the willingness of the sheeple to all bleat Nanny's mantra.
The Morally Righteous are to be found in the comments under the article. They aren't the Nanny State but they cheer it on, oblivious to the fact that it's none of their fucking business and that sooner or later they will find themselves under Nanny's jackboot.
HelenofTroy: A total ban on cigarettes cannot come soon enough. Its a worthless occupation.
firstname.lastname@example.org: Do you smoke Ian ?? I don't and hope the "Ban" happens soon !!
So why does HelenofTroy want a total ban? Is she forced to share a small room with twenty smokers? Do smokers constantly stub their butts out in her eyes? No. She disapproves and therefore it should be totally banned. How many other worthless occupations are there? Does HelenofTroy have a Farcebook account? Does she use Twitter? I bet she likes to lie out in the sun on a Summer's day, yet they are all "worthless occupations" so does she want them banned as well? No, of course not, for she is Morally Superior and therefore has the right to decide what's worthless and what isn't.
Similarly email@example.com doesn't smoke, and just because he/she doesn't, all smoking must be banned.
These people are idiots. They lap up the verbal diarrhea from the Nanny State and think this gives them the moral high ground. They are no different from the Perpetually Offended. They don't like something so it must be banned. They have some idea that they are morally superior and therefore should have the right to boss and sneer at others. We must live by their rules, and if we don't, they scream hysterically and complain that Something Must Be Done.
I have no time for The Nanny State, and treat both the Morally Righteous and The Perpetually Offended with the utmost contempt. Roll on the revolution – I have my piano wire at the ready.
I must ask Herself about that competition.
Maybe I'll enter after all.