The only place which I can sit on to relax and enjoy a novel within walking distance from my house is J.Co. The seating is decent, and the coffee are reasonably priced. Unfortunately, truth be told, if there were a Starbucks nearby, I would definitely go there. Not because Starbucks have better coffee, but because of their strict non-smoking policy.
It is hard to avoid smokers and their poisonous fume. We, who are repulsed by cigarette smoke, are constantly being harassed by the smoking hegemony. They regularly violate our right of fresh air with severe indifference. They are everywhere, except maybe within the four walls of our homes.
Two (or was it three?) years ago we, non-smokers of Jakarta, had a breath of fresh air when the local government passes a law which restricts smoking in enclosed public places. Unfortunately, it the talk was louder than the action. The law is limp and impotent. It is rarely upheld and respected. The smoke goes on.
“Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain”. The quote from Friedrich Schiller, a German philosopher, was aptly used by Isaac Asimov in his book The Gods Themselves. I couldn’t agree more with Asimov when he pointed that people keeps on smoking, no matter how destructive it is. Maybe Einstein was right, human stupidity is really infinite.
Sixty three years had passed since our Independence, yet we are still far from liberty. Our freedom repressed and order ignored. Everything blurs in the haze of smoke. Is there still hope for all of us?