Pleassure in vices, many lives wasted PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 June 2015 11:57

SQUARE POINT

BY Jack Edward Enriquez

 

A cup of coffee with a stick of cigarette, what a moment of comfort in a beautiful morning! A stick of cigarette after a hearty meal or doing a nice job with a pack of cigarettes really makes it fulfilling for every smoker.

Most writers and journalists can write so well while smoking stick after stick. Writing and smoking are good partners, they say.

According to medical authorities, a stick of cigarette carries a lot of toxic substances enough to cause several diseases that affect vital organs, such as lungs, heart, throat, brains, blood, etc. today many people are suffering from cancer in hospitals and clinics around the world. While some of them have to go everyday, there are also those additional ones newly diagnosed as having the Big C.

The government cannot stop us from smoking except to discourage by way of ordinances like what we have here in Zamboanga City that disallows smoking in public places, prohibits the sale of cigarettes near schools and an act in Congress that increases the so-called sin taxes well as requires the printing of horrible images of diseases on cigarette packs.

Despite the publicized awareness on the danger of smoking, smokers still cling to it ignoring the consequences as if they don’t care whatever happens to their lungs.

Meanwhile after a hard day’s work, a glass or two of rum, brandy or whisky may be the best way to unwind and restore the body with energy. In the barrio, half gallon of tuba (bahal or malabuyo) will do. After taking the first shot, most drinkers cannot refuse anymore another shot and another until several bottles are emptied or feebly dazed in drunkenness. Some people can’t do anything without drinking for they are in high spirit when they drink. While others do nothing but drink habitually.

Like smoking, too much intake of alcoholic beverages can also cause some serious diseases like hepatitis or cirrhosis of the liver, peptic ulcer, heart or brain malfunction, etc. Speaking of intoxication, what we should bear in mind is the danger when one who is drunk or under the influence of liquor takes the wheel to drive a vehicle. Not only those who are riding with him are facing danger, but also other motorists on the road. According to statistics, most vehicular accidents were attributed to drunk driving.

Meantime do you know that realities in life tend to be shattered beyond anticipation? That happens when you fall under the spell of hallucination or delusion. Today many people are wasting their lives in this kind of mental disorder or suffering which is the outcome of drug addiction. Many countries in the continents of America, Africa and Asia are facing this dreadful menace to humanity - prohibited and dangerous drugs.

Here in the Philippines including our very own Latin City, government authorities and anti-drug operatives are clutched in a neck-and-neck fight against drug lords and dealers, pushers and peddlers, users and dependents which for the past years proven to be too tough and impregnable. Moneyed fiends and villains cannot be vanquished easily, they say.

The most common among drug users is called shabu, a crystalline substance similar to “tawas”. Other drugs include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, etc., from the records of drug agencies. When one is high on drugs definitely he’s dangerous. According to news reports, an old woman was raped repeatedly by her own drug crazed grandson. In another news, a woman and her old father were brutally clubbed to death in a heated argument. Investigation revealed that the suspect who is her husband was high on drug when the incident happened.

Based on our observations, several mentally deranged persons roaming the streets have been drug dependents or hooked on drugs in the past. Now they are walking dead as good-for-nothing humans.

Unless people will learn to value their lives totally by staying away from pernicious vices, many lives are wasted for nothing and medical authorities spend too much time on them rather than on other health problems of the common masses.