Just got this: a piece by Sable. X. Veins
"... On the Role of the Humble Cigarette in the Maintenance of Diversity of Thought"
Hitler was one of the finest leaders Great Britain ever had.
The advancement of technology, class redefinition, and sociological ethos-shift from mindless, unquestionable Imperialism to more liberal, rationalising Pacifism engendered by two implausibly devastating wars shattered the unspoken Nationalist reasoning of a philosophically apathetic populace: "Heroes don't ask why."
My point is, the only surefire way of ensuring that systems of thought retain a creative level of mutability is by throwing a spanner in the works (excuse the cliché). If dissidents and nonconformists do not occupy themselves by opposing and occasionally smashing up majority-endorsed value sets, politics, art, and so on, how is it possible to continue the evolution and creation of new, different, hitherto minority-endorsed value sets, politics, art, et cetera? Even if these turn out to be negative, unworkable concepts -- Communism, as an example -- the very fact that they were allowed to hold sway, even for a little while, can force massive social and philosophical trend-shifts into motion. Without Communism, would we now have a Democratic Russia? How about a Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament?
Without Communism, would we now have the originally severely left-wing opposition to the long-established government predictabilities of the Tory and Whig parties? Spinning this web of What Ifs to its plausible limits, without Communism, would Iraq still exist under the free thought-oppressive régime of a certain abuser of the power of Religion?
Addictive, suicidal, antisocial -- smoking is just one of the many apparently unnecessary and somewhat petulant rebellions against the accepted norm. Once, it was held to be highly desirable, but has now been pushed into remission, as is right and proper in order to maintain... *fanfare* ...Diversity.
Maybe enough on the subjects of Cures for Cancer and, ironically, autodestructive social conformity, has been gained from it? Maybe. Although, by representing an unfashionable minority, it can yet help to maintain variety of thought.
Accept it, deny it, overcome it, but do not dismiss it. To dismiss the unfashionable minority is to dismiss any hope of change.
"Difference for the sake of Difference!" I hear critics cry -- but surely, so long as the Spanner of Change disrupts the Cogs of Establishment regularly enough to ensure variety and creativity, it does not matter what the motive of the Rogue Mechanic was? The type of unthinking acceptance of institutionalisation exhibited by PSHE class converts across the land, epitomised in the indoctrinated opinion "Nobody would want to date a smoker anyway", is but an historically well-known paradigm and a few plausibly supported propaganda arguments removed from the type of unthinking acceptance of institutionalisation exhibited by the morally irrational moronic crusaders who have fallen prey to "Democratic" government brainwashing...
Perhaps our purported Heroes of the Cause of Truth, Democracy and Western Monopoly should stop for a moment, stop by the next dissident, unfashionable minority for a cigarette, stop and ask, "Why?"
/Sable X. Veins