"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
Which, in turn, came out of France and the ideas that drove the French Revolution.
A lot of people died for freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
This idea, that all people are equal and have rights is the prevailing theme of current modern thought. And yet, strangely, people live in a world with less and less freedom! And some people (like smokers) have NO rights. Those who put themselves above ordinary people are scientists, the medical profession, Public Health bodies and the Government who are guided by evidence-based science.
But science has been corrupted and hugely funded lobby groups have such power now, that it is true to say "money talks". Money is what pays for pushing ideology on Governments, which shows that those with money are much more equal than those without it. And this is the main reason why smokers were simply trampled underfoot by anti-smoking ideology. Vapers are in danger of the same kind of stampede.
The less freedom people have is bound up with the obsession with lifestyle and mind-set. Citizens may not harm themselves in the pursuit of happiness, unless it is sport, and they may not behave or say things against minority groups, especially not in sport! Furthermore, society's thoughts and attitudes are carefully molded by the media who promote the ideas of those that are more equal than the people are.
People are warned by the experts about all the terrible things they do to their bodies in their pursuit of happiness, and restrained from doing so by law, tax, and social engineering. And it will manifest in the new putsch on fat, sugar, salt and booze, using all the successful tobacco tactics that smokers (and now vapers) are alerted to.
The grip that those animals who are "more equal" have on us, is truly frightening.
Protest seems futile. Clive Bates's latest post (June 22nd 2015) shows how rigid the system is. It is really worth reading. And shows that even status, excellent thought and writing can get no-where.
Those who are more equal than ordinary people, can be thwarted by disobedience on the part of vapers. Vapers have the moral high-ground. Vapers have a right to pursue their happiness in vaping because the act of smoking has been usurped for them, by a much safer way to enjoy the pleasure of nicotine. And vapers are NOT smoking.
One would think that those more equal than vapers, would be pleased and encouraging, but what THEY fear is that vaping will supplant smoking. The world would be full of people vaping and being happy in their freedom just like smokers once were. But those more equal than the ordinary people, need to keep control of them, just like the Pigs that ruled the Animal Farm.