This topic is most interesting.
Perhaps some things have to do with our "perspective" as well......
I actually have a positive and happy story about smoking! Smoking can even save your life!!!
I have SEVERE allergies. So godawfully bad that I was written up in an medical journal and several docs said I was *the worst* case they'd ever seen.
I smoke, because of this. Smoking does not 'cure' hay fever - but can halt a bad attack. And I get them BAD! - like being hit in the face with tear
gas! I eat so many damn pills for this, I practically have a meth lab going inside my own body LOL.
Anyway, one time - I was out driving when an attack hit. Bad convulsive sneezing that would NOT stop, and water flowing from the eyes so bad that - I
could not see. I'm driving a car, I am literally - BLIND - again, as if hit in the face with tear gas.
So I lit up a cig - and the attack slowed and stopped. This may have saved my life and other lives too - prevented me from getting in an accident. We
can include some deers here even! - the road I was on cuts through forests and they are always near it and on it also.
So, maybe many things have to do with our "perspective" as well. Sure smoking is not good - but sometimes - it can be.
It will cut down a hay fever attack! I will attest to that! And - so do alot of people with allergies smoke - because of this - they smoke *on
purpose* because of the hay fever - ask around and you will see. IMO these are largely the smokers that are left - allergy sufferers. It is known to
kind of help in the short run. Coincidentally - tobacco is a highly allergic substance - maybe smoking is an attempt to "desensitize" the body?
Go poll some smokers. I'll bet most of them have allergies.
Speaking of loss of hope - they stopped making my allergy meds. What the hell will I do now????
Hey - you wanna talk "Catch 22" - I looked into joining the military - I am pacifist, against war, but I thought if I could be shipped to the Iraqi
deserts - surely there can't be allergies there? The "catch" ? - Hay fever is an automatic medical disqualifier for the military.
YARG!!! I cannot seem to "win" on this and seem destined to suffer with it. Lose of hope is one thing - even worse is when you keep trying and there
is NOTHING that you can do - you seemingly hit a brick wall in every direction.
Erg. My thoughts here run more to the 'practical' rather than philosophical - but these issues do crop up in all areas of life and most really do
boil down to philosophical connundrums and you get to the point where you throw up your hands in despair.
So I do not care about smoking either - it cuts down the hay fever attacks and if it kills me - well - that WOULD end the damned allergies, now
Something to ponder - I went to a doc once for an STD test. I had been sloppy with protection, and pannicked. I told the doc this, that I had done a
stupid thing - he was an Eastern man and said to me, regarding my non thinking behavior: "We are human. This is why we are not Gods."
One last Positive Thought: Banging your head against the wall burns 50 calories per hour