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Cultural Incongruity
by J. W. Murphy

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*April 14-15, 2003. To those of you who are not from the U.S, bear with me here as this pertains to U.S. culture. In addition, this one is quite long--just a warning. Also, if I am off in my summaries someone please correct me.

(To Start Things Off)

Does anyone else feel
the quarks in our culture?
The idiosyncracies that are--
the discrepancies we nurture?

(On the Environment, Etc.)

Why must city planning hinge on the car
or offer recycling programs
that are mediocre by far?
So, which is more important?
Preserving a treacherous culture
or ensuring future generations
have resources that remain sure?
Or, perhaps our culture could stay intact
by switching to pollutant free fuels.
Thus ensuring everyone the chance
to possess their own car without rules.
But, with the recycling, there is no other way.
How can a society use more than anyone else
and yet not be required to do their part?
The rest of the Western world recycles in environment's defense.
Who do we think we are
thworting the progression of alternative fuels
because it doesn't make enough money?
Let's just shoot ourselves, the environment, and our future!

(On Cigarettes and Marijuana)

Why must our health services
attack marijuana on TV--
a drug less harmful to one's health
than that other cigarette filled with tobacco leaves?
Why the heck would someone prefer
to fill their lungs with 200+ chemicals,
smell like tar, and get a buzz
when they can get high as a pinnacle
only inhaling a dozen or so toxins instead?
Why is it legal to slowly kill yourself
when you could be getting high for less?
Does it have to do with taxes and gov't wealth?
What's the difference between the two anyway?
They're both leaves and have been smoked for centuries--
one is more physical, the other more psychological.
Why the double standard of policies?
Yes, marijuana may inhibit one's responses
so does alcohol and has that stopped alcohol use?
The point is, just make driving high a DUI
but allow the right to smoke away one's blues.

(On Alcohol, Etc.)

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my share
of the finest wines and craftiest beers.
A glass of wine at dinner time
is one of life's pleasurefull cheers.
But why does our society seem to view
drinking in such a polarized way--
either you're a drinker or you're not,
this seems to be the general foray.
Unlike Europe, where beer and wine
seem just the drinks of choice at dinner meals.
They don't have our hang-up's about drinking
and the legal ages, some sixteen, are no big deal.
So why must we be twenty-one to indulge
if, at eighteen, we are legally adults?
Isn't it absurd to be able to vote or volunteer to serve and die
but you can't have a stiff one without insult?
You can choose to toast your eventual death in smoke,
sign away yourself to a mortgage,
and do almost anything else
but you can't legally drink in your own cottage.

(All Together Now)

It's rather very simple, I think.
It all starts with city planning
and ends with a better society--
one that does't have the car as its king.
First thing is to plan our cities with pedestrians in mind,
taking walking distance into consideration.
Next, think about public transportation,
making it easy to and from each destination.
If everyting is close enough to walk,
or bike, or take a bus--
easy to get to without a car--
residents could stagger home without a fuss.
With independence gained from cars
the high legal drinking age could easily be lowered,
knowing that the danger is much less
of drunken drivers suddenly empowered.
Why not legalize marijuana in alcohol's stead?--
earn more tax money from its sales?
Take the health service's money from those ads
and fund a mandatory recycling program--
saving resources from going bad.

(In Conclusion)

There are so many different issues
that plague our complex society--
maybe these are only the tip
of a huge iceburg of incongruity.

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Reviewed by Erica Ivory 4/15/2003
Hey.. We have all thought it.. now you said it.. GOOD FOR YOU!!!
Reviewed by jude forese 4/15/2003
excellent... made very good points... by the way there are 600 chemicals in a cigarette including uric acid...
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 4/15/2003

Yes indeed well thought out and I feel the quake
There are so many different issues
that plague our complex society--
maybe these are only the tip
of a huge iceburg of incongruity. "
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 4/15/2003
This write is well-thought out. Interesting points that get one thinking. Good write indeed!

Sandie Angel :o)

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