Thursday, June 20, 2013
I'm so sick of addictions ruling my life. I hate alcohol. I hate cigarettes. And I don't mean like some people do, where they just don't do it, I mean that the sight of drinking, alcohol ads, people smoking where I can see them (or god forbid, smell it) triggers a visceral, deep-seated hatred.
I'm tired of justifications and rationalizations. I'm tired of people who live with alcoholics saying "it's okay for me, he's not that bad." I'm tired of people who make excuses (and I include myself in that.) I'm tired of the wine-soaked television shows that would be just as hilarious and funny if everyone is sober. I'm sick of the sexy ads, the constant bombardment of my friends and family of alcohol and what they're drinking.
I'm even tired of all the research claiming the health benefits of alcohol, because as far as I'm concerned, so few people are able to apply that research in a healthy way that they need to stop publishing it.
I'm tired of an entire industry of murderers who gets wealthy killing people slowly (and sometimes quickly) and it's all perfectly legal.
I'm tired of morons who think that it's okay to get behind the wheel, EVER, with any amount of alcohol in their system.
I'm tired of selfish smokers spreading their stink around others. Of trying to kill their loved ones with second-hand smoke. I'm just sick of chemical addictions.
We all have our crosses to bear. We all have our flaws. Hell, I've got a pretty nasty internet addiction myself. But I'm tired of the fallout from the destruction that is happening all around us, while people get their knickers in a twist over who loves who and taking care of our sick.
There's a war going on around us, and it's not going to be stopped by government programs or school rallies. There is a fundamental change that has to happen in each and every one of us that has to make this sort of thing socially unacceptable. We didn't abolish slavery by making laws, we abolished slavery by changing society to the point where it was simply unacceptable. We tried legislating alcohol once, and that didn't turn out so well.
I don't think we'll ever reach the point where our society will think it's unacceptable. But that doesn't mean I have to ever tolerate it again. I can't change society. But I can change me.