The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #54672 Message #848242
Posted By: Jeri
16-Dec-02 - 12:46 PM
Thread Name: BS: Smokers in Europe?
Subject: RE: BS: Smokers in Europe?
Naemanson, I don't believe it's possible to actually expect people to not fall into debate mode around here any more. Get near any controversial subject and people will get on their soap boxes because they don't really care what you've asked. It wouldn't be so bad if they just started their own thread to rant, but the rants just happen anywhere. It's an emotional trigger and they aren't capable of letting it go.
Speaking of making an environment intolerable, Frank (although this isn't directed at you or anyone specifically), the constant inability of some to stick to the subject and not start fighting is a form of pollution this forum suffers from these days. "Smokers' Rights" vs "Podium-Thumpers' Rights." Lack of willingness to consider other people and control one's behavior when it comes to smoking or when it comes to discussion, it's the same root cause.
While the results of the pollution here probably won't make anyone physically ill, the only difference between the people who think they ought to be able to smoke where they want and the hell with everybody else and those who think they ought to be able to say what they want and the hell with everybody else is is what their own personal unbreakable habits are.
Sorry. Back of my own soap box now.