Antismoking zealots are idealists trying to create an ideal world. It’s what all idealists everywhere are always trying to do. It’s what all progressives everywhere are always trying to do.
And that’s why they’ll never go away. They’ll just carry or trying and trying and trying to create a perfect world. And their perfect world is always a non-smoking, “smoke-free” world.
And that’s because smoking is itself evidence of the imperfection of the world. Smoking is something that people do when they’re stressed out in this far-from-perfect world. It’s a symptom of dis-ease, or at least unease. In times of trouble, people reach for cigarettes.
An idealistic friend of mine once said of our world: “This could be heaven.” And I disagreed. Because I don’t think this world can ever be heaven. The most we can hope for is a slight improvement here and there. And we have to recognise that some of our attempts to create a perfect world make it into a far worse world.
And this is exactly what smoking bans do. Smoking bans make the world a worse place, not a better place. They make it a worse place by forcing everyone to pretend that it’s a better place, a place where nobody needs a crutch. Smoking bans create a fraudulent world.
The battleship Bismarck was shot to pieces before it sank. The wreck on the sea floor was being filmed (48:40) using a remotely-operated vehicle:
“This is where Heinz Steig met a friend of his who had his legs blown off, where the spotlight is right now according to Heinz. The guy asked for a last cigarette, and Heinz gave it to him.”
The guy wanted a cigarette because his legs had been blown off. And his friend stopped and gave him one. It was a simple act of mercy.
But there’s no mercy among antismokers. An antismoking zealot would never have given that dying man a cigarette. He wouldn’t have had a cigarette on him anyway. Instead he would probably have given him a lecture about the perils of smoking.
We’re all aboard the Bismarck, one way or other. We’re all having our legs blown off. And so we all want cigarettes. But the bastard antismokers want us to pretend that we don’t. And they never stop their bullying and browbeating. They want us all to put on a happy face and pretend that we’re in a perfect world, not in some kind of hell.
And they’ll never stop, because they’ll never stop wanting this to be the perfect world it never can be. The real crime of smokers is to not go along with the pretence that it is.