Wednesday, May 10, 2006
I'm concerned. No, I don't plan to visit New Zealand anytime soon, and I don't smoke anyway. But I certainly hope this trend doesn't spread here to Israel. I'm sure it would be hard to contain this health-and-goodness-promoting trend to just cigarettes. Can you imagine:
- ice cream lids showing pictures of quivering piles of liposuction leftovers?
- wine bottles with disheveled, unwashed men lying in pools of their own excretions?
- packages of disposable diapers showing steaming mounds of landfill turning the countryside into a giant toilet?
- boxes of Shabbat candles with pictures of smoking, burned out houses?
- television set packaging with images of zombie-eyed children and super-sized parents zoned out on a couch?
- roller blades and skateboards with stickers showing graphic images of compound fractures and broken skulls?
- bottles of cleaning products depicting choking, gagging people who should have known better than to swallow poison?
- boxes of sandwich bags showing images of helpless squirrels and chipmunks trapped and suffocating in carelessly discarded litter?
- fast food hamburger wrappers depicting open-heart surgery in progress?
I only function in life with a carefully calibrated mixture of denial and common sense -- too much information inundation like this could throw me way off balance.