We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.
Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk
Saturday, August 4, 2012
A Tiny Step in the Right Direction
So, why proceed if the benefit to public health will be marginal at best? The reason is that tiny steps like these are just a beginning, and we have to start somewhere. In some ways, the debate over measures like this may be as important as the number of calories involved. It really is a case of cigarettes again, and just as in that case so here there will be denial, anger, and huge push back from a major industry that benefits immensely from the sale of a product dangerous to the public good. The fight has to be fought. Amen.