Friday, November 28, 2014

Values? Values??

Why do we actively and energetically fight obesity but not promiscuity?

Why do we actively and energetically fight tobacco smoking but not marijuana smoking?

Why one and not the other?

Now, anyone can manipulate statistics to reach any desired number, but surely the costs are comparable?  (And in the smoking case, proportionally comparable.)  And not just economic costs, but costs such as premature deaths and more subjective costs such as lower quality of life.

So why do we fight against one and nod-nod wink-wink (or even actively promote) the other?

Oh.  It all comes down to our values.

More precisely, the values of the segments of the population that truly have power in our American society.

I.e., the “Man.”

[Note: This is not your 50s, 60s, and even 70s “Man” …]

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