Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I was thinking about the car's effects on other people--breathing the fumes of passing cars being like passive smoking.  I just cycled fifteen miles down roads with cars zooming and lorries roaring; one car or one lorry would have been a small dose compared to my time in the fresh air;  the thousand or so were a much higher dose, but it's true I also ran a risk of being hit--

You know, I am genuinely intrigued by your sensitivity to smoke but not car emissions.  I can stand outside a pub, the cars just keep coming and coming and it's like a blanket in my nose--a smog blanket shoved up there, I think it's a bogie reaction--incoming smog, create bogies!  As it is constant in the centre of a town, there's always a car coming or going, I think of it as just a constant smog layer in the air.  Whereas I think of tobacco smoke as there and then gone, it hits you or it doesn't.  But I'm thinking about smoke outside or in ventilated rooms, not closed rooms.

Sensitivity--another poster here wrote that she was allergic to cigarette smoke.  In cases of extreme sensitivity I think there is always an extra element which is the lack of this sensitivity in others...reminds me of In Wales's discussions about being deaf.  Those who aren't don't see the problems of those who are...

Generally, sensitivity is not prized in society, but also sensitivity can mean lack of resistance--those with thick heads don't break them when they fall out of trees.  Those with thick skins don't feel the stings of the wasps...

yack yack!

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Fri Nov 21st, 2008 at 11:10:15 AM EST
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