Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Smoky France

a Biblical thought...
'Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn't help?'
"He will answer them, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.'
(Matthew 25:44-45)

a Book thought...
Christians are now the foreigners in a post-christian culture, and we have got to wake up to this reality if we haven't. (p30 Kimball)

a Dave thought... from The Age
One of France's most iconic institutions - the smoky cafe - is set to become a hazy memory.
The extension of France's smoking ban to bars, discotheques, restaurants, hotels, casinos and cafes on January 1 marks a momentous cultural shift in a country where thinkers like Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir once held court while clutching cigarettes in Left Bank cafes.

If you haven't caught up with the news France has banned smoking in all public indoor venues from yesterday. As a quarter of the french are smokers this is a massive move towards making public spaces a lot healthier. It seems if a habit brings any negative physical consequences it is best to outlaw it in society. Our quest as humans for all to live as long as possible has again been enhanced and it is amazing how a decision so massive can be implemented when lives are at stake. So whats next - ban driving on roads?

Just a thought.

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