As you may or may not know, gruesome images have started appearing on the packaging around tobacco and its various products.
I like this idea--scaring people out of their unsavoury habits, and would like it to be pushed far, far wider. After all, smokers are an easy target, they're like shooting the proverbial rats in a barrel. Surely this is just the beginning....thinking of rats, cheese, ah, the thin end of the wedge....yes....this must be only the first step, surely, of a great, a worldwide!, puritan movement--the puritan edge cutting ever deeper into the depraved belly of our ignorant and blinkered life choices until finally we are hewn into bits and the pure essence of us....rises....free! And pure! No more pain! Well, there may be pain, but no longer self-inflicted.
But...we self-inflict so much pain...it's as if life is one great process of doing ourselves harm in some way or another....
So, I'd like to work my own personal way up the list of things we do that are bad for us, finding ever larger groups to turn into purer versions of their otherwise impure selves by shocking and scaring them with images of the inevitable results of the egregious excesses of their behaviours!
Pictures of bursting-veined noses, liver cirrohsis victims, a person suffering a heart attack, etc....displayed prominently on every bottle of alcohol including champagne--just to make us think about the potential consequences of our actions (which is the point, of course! Hopefully we will realise the danger and stop in time! Mainly, though, the ugly images will break the terrible association of alcohol with bonhomie...)
All meat should be packaged with a picture of the moment of death of some miserable animal in an unhygienic slaughter house. Further, there should also be a picture of a nasty cancerous growth in a colon and a picture of a diseased heart or a person suffering a heart attack. A warning should state that the animals contribute methane which is a global warming gas. Meat sales will go down, hopefully!
All cars should have a mandatory large sticker on the dashboard showing a charred earth, a road traffic gruesome road traffic accident, and an innocent civilian shot in some war over oil resources...or somesuch...maybe a small asthmatic child struggling for breath! I mean, who could bear the daily commute if we can only make the pictures gruesome enough!
All money should have on it a picture of an old person dead of hypothermia; a picture of a ghetto with rats and diseased children; after all, the love of money is the root of all evil--so let's make it unloveable! If it came embossed with images representing all the horrible things done in its name...imagine! Who'd want to be caught waving wads of it around? Maybe we could make bank notes that ooze drops of blood so the more you handle, the more blood on your hands! At every use of a credit card a small advert could appear showing a poor person (a child!) from a poor country dying for the lack of the money being spent right then--by you! Maybe there could be an option to send the money to the poor person instead of buying the product you were planning on? We could introduce this at every transaction: if you bought a car you would have to watch maybe a thousand videos first; a diamond necklace, you'd have to go along for a week. Imagine what you'd have to watch if you made a £50,000,000 investment which netted you £10,000,000 profit? Every last one of those £'s would come with its own video! You'd have to watch them all to claim your money! There'd be no more purchases without AWARENESS OF THE CONSEQUENCES!
Yes, Awareness of the Consequences....
After all that gruesomeness, maybe something enjoyable....because of course people are going to find ways to ameliorate the essence of the human condition.
YOU ARE GOING TO DIE! I GUARANTEE IT!! SOONER OR LATER....IT'S THE END FOR YOU AND EVERYONE YOU LOVE. DEATH--GUARANTEED! MISERY AND SUFFERING! THE DYING OF THE LIGHT. AND PAIN IN DECAY. YES, YES, PAIN AND DECAY AND MISERY AND
Ah! Glad you could make it, and talking of pain and its amelioration, I wanted to talk to you about this silly law the world has right now, the one about opium being illegal. I was wondering if we could tweak that, you know, make it legal over the age of fifty, maybe? For when the twinges in the back start and the knees are stiffening, you know, get the puritan edge going at first, radical rage and a purifying flame and all that, but then maybe when the body starts...showing signs of wear and tear...we could kick back and
FOOL! LET ME SHOW YOU SOME IMAGES. WHERE DID I LEAVE THAT PILE OF SCABROUS AND OTHERWISE WOUNDED HEROIN ADDICTS?
Hold on, heroin is industrial strength opium, and really, I was thinking more of the opium pipe, or hey! Is it possible to make opium cakes?
I HAVE PICTURES OF SCABROUS AND OTHERWISE MISERABLE OPIUM ADDICTS, TOO! INDEED, AMONG MY ENDLESS IMAGES OF SCABROUS AND MISERABLE PE0PLE I CAN COVER ANY SITUATION. I MEAN, THE FLESH IS WEAK. HAVE YOU SEEN WHAT SOME OF THOSE BUGS CAN DO TO YOUR INSIDES? NOT TO MENTION THE RED AND PUSTULATING REALITY OF THE INEVITABILITY OF DECLINE AND DECAY THAT IS THE LOT OF THE HUMAN BODY. IMAGINE COMPOUNDING INEVITABLE SUFFERING BY ADVANCING IT! THE IDIOTS! JUST THINK OF ALL THE TERRIBLE THINGS HUMANS DO TO THEIR BODIES OUT OF IGNORANCE AND STUPIDITY! WE MUST STOP THEM BEFORE THEY DIE FROM THEIR IGNORANCE--AND THEN, I DON'T KNOW! THEY'RE STILL GOING TO DIE--THE FLESH IS WEAK! ILLNESSES ABOUND! PEOPLE MUST SEE THE MISERY AND SUFFERING, MISERY AND SUFFERING, MISERY AND SUFFERING--THE WORLD ITSELF IS IMPURE! RENOUNCE! RENOUNCE THE FLESH AND ALL ITS FAILINGS! YES! AND THEN WHEN THEY....UNDERSTAND...WE MUST OFFER THEM....HMMMM....seeing as how they're going to die anyway, and odds are there'll be some decay and gruesome images to go with that, hmmm....AH! I KNOW! WE NEED TO INVENT ANOTHER, BETTER, WORLD--SOME KIND OF LIFE-AFTER-DEATH SCENARIO. MAYBE A HEAVEN HELL COMBO OR SOMETHING REINCARNATIONAL...IN FACT, I'M SORRY BUT I'M HAVING A BUDDHA FLASH....LEAPING OFF THE WHEEL OF SUFFERING....DESIRE AND ATTACHMENT TO THE FANTASIES WE SPIN....WHILE THE TRUTH IS BIRTH SUFFERING AND DEATH...WELL, MAYBE ONE IN A THOUSAND OR SO GETS LUCKY...A LITTLE BIT OF SUFFERING FOR A LOT OF PLEASURE...Hmmmmm......this whole dying thing....didn't someone say we might make it to one hundred and twenty? And then what?