Jane has a problem. She can’t handle temptation. If she sees a sweet treat, she will indulge. She’s unhealthy, gaining weight and now she has diabetes.
Jane’s mother is frustrated. She blames the stores for putting the candy in the checkout aisle. She blames the TV for advertising those tasty morsels. Jane’s mother blames everyone and everything, but Jane.
Jane’s mother is helpless, she doesn’t know what to do. So she goes to the mayor, she speaks and she demands that we ban those tasty treats.
The tasty treats are banned and now they will no longer be in the checkout aisles, nor will they be in the commercials or television programs. Jobs are lost. Other citizens who were responsible are no longer allowed to enjoy those tasty treats. And Jane isn’t cured nor is she saved.
Before long, Jane finds a new addiction, something else that is once again in those commercials, and in the checkout aisles of the grocery. Jane’s mother once again blames everything else, but her daughter. Zero accountability for Jane nor her mother, it’s the world’s fault.
Jane’s mother demands that we not only ban this new thing, but she now demands that we stop placing anything in the checkout aisle without consulting the board. In fact she ask for the government to regulate all the aisles and she ask the government to control and regulate what is being broadcasted on television.
I could keep this going, but I think we get the point. This is how I feel every time I see people crying to the government and asking them to get involved and limit and control, prohibit things.
Yes the public has a right to be informed of the dangers and risk involved, but it should be the individuals decision on what they wish to indulge in. Our body, our choice?
Some people can’t handle their liquor, this doesn’t mean it should be taken from everyone else. Some people can’t handle technology, this doesn’t mean it should be taken from everyone else.
Some people can’t handle violence, swearing, nudity, and the list goes on..Is it really fair to pretend these things don’t exist, to prohibit them, and then just pray they will magically go away?
The issue is accountability. The issue is education. People need to take responsibility for themselves and stop crying to the government. Stop asking the government to get involved and take things away. Period.