By Ron Murdock
Since the beginning of mankind we’ve always seem to be in some kind of age that goes by a name. Among them are the New Age, which really only applies to the start of history. Since then we’ve been in several other ages such as the Iron Age, Renaissance Age, Dark Ages, which in many ways we never really moved out of.
We’ve gone from the Middle Ages to the Space Age then to the Nuclear Age. Gone is the Ice Age now one can say we are in the Age of Global Warming. Now the Politically Correct – another way of saying Thought Police – have ushered in the Age of the Meddler. These are the kinds who get their fingers into everything along with dictating policies that they think others should strictly adhere to.
I’ve had busybodies come up to me and tell me how to be a street vendor, hitch-hike or how to do other things as I was doing them. I use the famous two word expression that describes what I think of their help or is that meddling. I wonder what they would think or say if the tables were turned and they didn’t like the help offered from me. Everyone has a different style of doing things.
I’m all in favour of good intelligent discussion but boundaries have to be set. Trying to debate, argue or coerce someone into the same viewpoint is the ultimate in stupidity. It’s probably ruined more friendships than anything else. There are enough bad feelings between people already.
I’ve been a lifelong non-smoker; hate the smell of cigarette smoke stale or fresh. I’m glad that smoking, in just about all indoor public areas, is banned. Plus I appreciate that smokers have to move away from doorways. But banning it in outdoor areas is getting absurd and over controlling. All a person needs to do is move a small distance away or go upwind. Actually the only time I don’t like smoking around me is where I live, eat, drink and sleep.
I can live my own life thank you very much. Don’t impose your values on me and I won’t impose mine on you.