Is this utilitarian business?

… listening to the news with one ear, one report spoke of the record revenues from excise duties in a particular region paid largely by three companies. Two were in the alcohol business (brewery/distillery) and the third was BAT (with the last ‘T’ for tobacco). This report was, on the surface, okay until the next one which spoke of the need to enlighten the people, smokers in particular, about the downsides of smoking, and the need to stop (or never start).

First you keep them in production, mass production, with near unlimited distribution (convenience stores everywhere), and then you try to restrict their market(ing) and limit product take up by teens especially. What other examples are there?

It’s the manufacturing value chain that needed digital terrestrial TV first.
The government is always happy to do spectrum allocation and licensing.
Broadcasters and customers spend on new equipment.
We want more options.
We want more convenience.

Has it been more hype than substance?
What other examples are there?

In addition to the widely reseached health effects of smoking which acknowledges it as very contrary to the physical man, smoker and inhaler alike, it has severally been said to increase the governments’ healthcare burdens significantly. We choose to let them live. They/we/you keep them, and bear with them, at least for the tax that they pay, first. Second, for the fear of a fight against the ‘powerful’—and very rich— companies involved. (Don’t play with a man’s livelihood where he’s got clout that includes an addicted crowd and a happy supply chain.)

Economics sways emotion.
Emotion sways economics.
Who arbitrates?

Maintain the programs to deal with withdrawal symptoms and end addictions.
Control via legalization. Get some money on top of it.
You don’t want to have to find people new jobs for the ones that would be lost if the industry is shut down.

How powerful is the money motive?
But, they who are determined to be rich, fall into temptation, and a snare, and many foolish and hurtful covetings, the which, sink men into ruin and destruction,— For, a root of all the vices, is the love of money, which, some, being eager for, have been seduced from the faith, and have pierced, themselves, about with many pangs (Rotherhams Bible, 1 Tim. 6). Thinking motivations and contexts.

Who doesn’t like to look good.

You want to belong to a group and still maintain your independence and freedom to break the rules of the group.
One of the dilemmas of governments. And to think of it, some married folks too.
Is there necessarily a dilemma?

Finally, in the extreme (limit, in mathematics), if everyone were smokers then the problems we see with smoking would be amplified. If no one smoked, then what could be the loss or gain to individuals, communities and nations in the long run.

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2 things to being religious. (Episode 2)

1 is doing good, 2 is living good.

True religion is to be there for, and take care of orphans and widows and prisoners and friends and … in their suffering or need, and to guard/recover oneself from the twisting in/of the world. Everyone acts religious (or half-religious) when they choose to do good and live true.

Everyday, in mind, between Michael (the Angel) and Mephistopheles (the Demon) …. Remember those cartoons with the actor torn betwixt. Ideas going to and fro looking for a home. Any thought can fly around, but this bird, I will let land. Her name is Grace. You see the mind where it appears, so does the entity formally known as Lucifer.

Mouth agape! Really not that bad, it was novel and nice. Sure? Sure. Come on, you know you would rather not, but then, you want. Haha, you want. No I don’t! Something else for me please. Period! Try. All gain, what’s the pain. The drain. What the heck! Join this chariot—or not. Shame; high-low. Low-high; grace. Fame and infamy. Stop it, I like it. What am I thinking? Choose quickly. Haste makes waste. Yeah? Maybe, maybe not. Whatever, talk to the hand. Schizophrenia. Duh! I can.

No one is hooked for life, unless by a blood covenant. (Not that ancient thing again!) It leaves the one way out, death, and rebirth—in Christ. Hooked or not, perfect love calls; the one way in, it hooks for life. All’s logical with the right premises. And the premises are true. The Passion of the Christ was about love—something to celebrate. It made for a beautiful story that shall be shared forever.

What stories have I created by doing good and living good? The story of my life is this: I make it what it is. Surely I can continue, moment by moment, everyday; doing, learning, improving, ‘poco a poco?’, steadily. I don’t always feel it, but it’s there, done.

Commitment, commitment; commitment in the pursuit of happiness. “No happiness without commitment.” Commitment to whom, to what, and why? “If the purpose is right, and the heart is whole, and the object is just, then there can be be true love, and full joy.”

Happy Easter holidays; ‘can’t wait.
Happy Pesach. Happy stories.

See episode 1 here.