Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Please Screw Up Your Life...Um...Responsibly
It all ties in, kindasorta, so hang on.
I've yammered before about the high cost of things which actually impair or destroy a person's life, but
recent examples have brought it back to mind, and what is a blog if not the disclosure mechanism for what is on our minds?
I'm standing in line at the grocery store a couple weeks back and the guy in front of me buys two cartons
of cigarettes. One hundred and seven dollars. They were different brands, so he was probably buying one
for his wife, but still: one hundred and seven dollars.
Taxes, of course, will vary the price in different places, but even if they were free, the cost to a person's
health longterm can be huge.
"Please Drink Responsibly" is found on alcohol products. I drink responsibly. I drink coffee and tea and soda (alcoholics love to point out how bad for you soda can be) and sometimes milk. No alcohol.
But it isn't only what we ingest that can destroy our lives-any addiction can be debilitating. Gambling, for example, can empty a wallet quicker than Jack Robinson.
My house is old, like 1893 or so old. It had carpet... in the kitchen. Which is never a good idea. I tried shampooing it, to no effect, and I finally had enough and have now gotten rid of the carpet and am in the process of taking up the old linoleum that you see above.
I could only afford my house because it was a foreclosure; given the topic of this post you can infer the
"Feel like a winner when I'm losing again." Ol' Gord had it about right.
"So what, Doug?" you might say. "A person lives his or her own life-if they destroy it, that's nobody's business."
Sure, that would be true...if we all lived independently of one another, untouched by each other's lives,
but we are all connected. Even if I never touch alcohol, it impacts my life as it destroys the lives of those around me.
Just a guess, but I'm pretty sure that there will be no addictive destructive life destroyers in Heaven.Maybe the baseball games will by sponsored by (sugarfree) bubblegum companies. If there are still companies.