At the gas station I noticed a sign that read:
Buying tobacco and alcohol for minors isn’t just wrong, it’s illegal.
Being me, I looked at it logically. Is there anything inherently morally wrong with someone under 18 smoking or drinking. If so, most of humanity for the greater part of our history have been constantly and consistently immoral. And in many countries still are. Especially in regard to the drinking bit.
Yes, yes. I know it really is nit-picky. It’s just a dumb sign in a mini mart, but the thinking behind it, rampant these days, is important. The sign, in a roundabout way, says the state is the arbiter of morality. Furthermore, that which is illegal is worse than the simply immoral. This is a problem these days. Something being illegal has no bearing on whether or not it is wrong. Certainly we hope the two meet regularly, but moral laws and the laws of man are not one and the same.
Cars are pretty damn dangerous, but we let kids go at 16 in that case. I’ve heard the argument for putting the drinking age under the driving age on a simple basis. Let people get used to, and understand the effects of alcohol, before we put them behind the wheel of a two ton vehicle capable of slamming through the walls of a house.
See, this is the sort of thinking that happens when you read the classics. And we can’t have that sort of anti-authoritarian extremism, now can we?