...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



Ω{The damage caused by drunk driving. That sentence seems to mean something, but what? It's the accidents. But the brainwashing capability of modern social propaganda has so permanently linked drunk driving with car crashes, in a lot of people's minds they're the same thing.
Driving under the influence doesn't cause any damage by itself, it increases the likelihood of damage due to 'accidents' or car crashes.
The driving is never questioned. Never. Because there's something sacred about cars, something personal and holy. Maybe it's the glamorous armor of the metal and paint and chrome. The little womb of the passenger compartment. People feel safe in there. And powerful.
Humans have been drinking alcohol since before historical records were kept, and driving for about the last 75 years, as a whole. Three generations behind the wheel, three thousand under the influence.
The gut feeling of most, especially the young, is the carnage of the automobile is the result of drunk drivers driving. But the statistics show more than half of road fatalities as not caused by drunk drivers.
It's a diversion, to keep people from facing the toll in random lives merely using the car as transportation has taken and continues to take. Cars exact a tax in maimed and broken bodies that everyone is quite willingly blind to, as they've been trained to be.
The drama and exciting catharsis of the Washington Sniper trials puts that in an interesting contrast. In Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware alone, over 1,750 people died in 'crashes' in 2002. Around 35 people killed weekly, and something like 3,000 injured. Statistically more than 20 of those fatalities likely had no alcohol involvement.
The difference is, that's every week, year in, year out. The Sniper and his companion paralyzed a much wider area for three grim weeks by killing 10 people. The most frightening thing, beside the randomness of their attacks, was they seemed to be intending to continue until they were caught.
10 people died, randomly.
100 people died, randomly. 60 of them with no alcohol involvement.
The only difference was intention on the part of the Sniper. The car crashes are 'accidents'.
Since those October attacks over 2,000 people have died on the roads of that one area, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Washington DC. Around 160,000 people have been injured in traffic in the same area during that time.

There's a confusion here that's only being resolved by the steadily advancing phalanx of Puritan moralists who control so much current public discourse and moral legislation.
Don't drink. Drive all you want.}

riff engendered by an article in Toronto Star Dec.20.03

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