The Solution to Everything
I see in the news this week that the FDA has decided to really get serious about ending smoking in the United States. They released a report trumpeting the vision for a comprehensive tobacco control policy to end the tobacco epidemic. This, of course, is a huge relief for me as I was looking for one more individual or entity to tell me exactly how to live my life. Without all these good folks in the Government, Churches and other well-meaning folks who are absolutely convinced about the meaning of right or wrong I might accidently ride a bike without a helmet, drink a big gulp or engage in some other activity that threatens the very fabric of society as we know it.
These well-meaning folks pave the road to that well known destination with the best of intentions but the truth is that no one knows what is best for everybody and nobody on the planet has the right to tell me how to live my life as long as I am not harming anyone else. Thomas Jefferson once said “Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.” It is reasonable for you to tell me that I can’t smoke in your house or office. It is a moral aberration for you to tell me I cannot do so in my own home or on my own property.
We are born with the opportunity to live life on a planet filled with majestic and magic possibilities. Life can be full of all the great stuff that fills our soul and brings us great delight and happiness. From the moment we are able to enter society as functioning humans the powers that be begin to take it all away. Don’t smoke this. Don’t drink that. You can’t cook with that oil. You can’t love that person. You will go to jail if you smoke that stuff. You will go to hell if you have sex with that girl. You will shoot your eye out. It goes on and on.
I have decided to join the chorus and issue my own mandate from high as to how to fix all the world’s problems and make everybody happy. It is a mandate that covers religion, government and all aspects of society. It ends all wars. It brings religious and political conflicts to end for eternity. It is the answer we have sought in our political posturing and religious mandates and proclamations.
Here it is.
Live your life as you see fit as long as it brings no harm to anyone but yourself. Keep your opinion to yourself and LEAVE EACH OTHER THE FUCK ALONE