Friday, August 15, 2008
Have you been watching the Olympics instead of reading my blog? Naughty you! On the other hand, maybe you're better off. You could be out paddling and risking a 'quick death'!
If you've been watching the scene in Beijing, then the air quality will give you pause. It isn't the only Chinese city to have air quality 'issues', but it is one of the worst. I understand they are doing everything they can to improve the situation, but you can't help but think a lot of people are presently participating in their own slow death just by being there.
Still, it is clear that dying slowly by participating in an Olympic sport - or smoking like our little friend above - is more socially acceptible than dying relatively quickly by drowning while out paddling. It seems regulators don't like sudden unexpected deaths. Everything is done to ban people from indulging in those 'dangerous' activities. Far better to slowly die from poor air quality or from smoking, an activity which is still tolerated, if not actually advertised. But then, when did you see kayaking advertised in the mass media?
Photo from 'www.dellanave.com'