It seems, depending on who you happen to trust and which papers you read, that coffee is now one of those must drink beverages if you want to stay alive longer. At the same time, soda is one of those must not drink beverages if you want the same, and if you want to remain mobile. Both contain caffeine – you know the soda drinks that I mean! – but one allows you to add your own sugar and the other forces more sugar into your diet than you’d care to think about.
With moves afoot to get people to cut down on the amount of sugar they eat – or drink – to manage their fat intake, to generally exercise rather than sit on the couch and stare at a flickering box in the corner, it’s only a matter of time before people start flooding out onto the streets and trying to defend their right to be fat, to be lazy, to be unhealthy. The idea of a Big Brother politician, a health minister or even the local general practitioner at home telling us what we can and cannot do goes against what many people believe that they believe in. It is an attack against our rights and freedoms for someone to tell us what we should be eating or drinking, or to tell stores what they may or may not sell us.
We are, after all, adults – for the most part. We can go into a store and, if they refuse to sell us a soda bigger than sixteen ounces, we can buy two, or three smaller ones to make up the difference. We can go into any supermarket and purchase a complete case of soda bottles, or have a truckload delivered to the door, if travelling is too much of a strain. And then, when we really can’t move any more, when our blood sugar is so messed up that we’re in danger of falling over under the slightest breeze, we can sue the government for not telling us that we shouldn’t have done what we, with our own free will, did, for not curbing our freedom to ruin our own health so that our health wouldnÃƒâ€ž’t be ruined through our own bloodymindedness, and the lives of countless others ruined through the expense of keeping us alive even longer.
Personally, I think I’ll stick to the occasional cup of coffee rather than a bucket full of soda, even if it means that the money I save as a result gets used to keep someone who made the wrong decision alive, at ten or one hundred times the cost of living, a few days longer. After all, a cup of coffee can be more useful than many believe, I mean, would you be able to rob a convenience store carrying a soda can?
That is what freedom is all about.
- Viktoria Michaelis.