Alcohol: Evil of Modern Society

Except few Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Potable alcohol generally known as Wine or Liquor is on sale every where with various names like Scotch, champagne, Brandy, Whisky, Jin, Rum, Tequila, vodka and beer. Whatever be the name, all Alcoholic beverages are addictive and harmful.

Yearly Expenditure on advertisement of Liquor: As reported on multinational monitor website “Alcohol companies spend close to $2 billion every year advertising in the United States alone. From 2001 to 2007, they aired more than 2 million television ads and published more than 20,000 magazine advertisements.”

Health Hazard of Consuming Alcohol: According to WHO report, “alcohol consumption has been identifi ed as carcinogenic for the following cancer categories (Baan et al., 2007): cancers of the colorectum, female breast, larynx, liver, oesophagus, oral cavity and pharynx. The higher the consumption of alcohol, the greater the risk for these cancers: even the consumption of two drinks per day causes an increased risk for some cancers, such as breast cancer (Hamajima et al., 2002).”

According to an estimate, around 2.5 million people die yearly because of over indulgence of Alcholic beverages. In US alone,  each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drownings.

Social Evil of Consuming Alcohol:

  • Drunken drive: Alcohol is not only harmful to the person consuming it but also to other persons who are not consuming it. It is very hard to drink in control way. Especially during parties, people over drink and drive back to home and make accidents. When they come out of their hangover, they found themselves in police lockup with charges of killing someone.
  • Teenage Alcoholism: In US alone, each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drownings. Huge spending on liquor ads is primary cause of teenage alcoholism. Secondary cause is culture and tradition of some countries where alcohol consumption is not considered bad because of religious reasons.
  • Domestic Violence: Domestic violence due to excessive alcohol drinking is common in developing countries like India where drinking is not strictly against religion. In Vadas and other Hindu scriptures, gods shown to consume Somrasa aka wine. Most of poor and middle class man came home in night after drinking and beat wife for trivial issues. In morning, they apologise and life goes on like that.

We should not make ourselves slaves to our own habits. You may try to drink wine in a controlled way, but wine is actually habit forming, and someday, if you want wine and cannot find any, you will feel annoyed. Wine may have benefits, if consumed in a controlled way, but it is most often not possible to drink in a controlled way. When you are drunk, you may lose control and even consciousness, but you are still responsible for your actions, including actions which you will do unknowingly. There are many cases of drunken drivers killing people by accident and then repenting for their whole lives for that one mistake. We should not indulge in anything habit forming, especially anything which makes us lose control or consciousness. Unfortunately, wine does both. So it is better to be avoided completely (or at least to drink in such a small quantity that you do not ever lose control or consciousness). Preferably, it should be consumed at home, at night, and, again, in small quantities. But, truly, it is much better if you avoid it altogether from the beginning, because once you start consuming alcohol, you will become enslaved and never know when you will break your own rule. There are people who say that we each must try everything. This is a ridiculous way to justify drinking alcohol. If we must try everything, will you now try drinking urine? Or sewage water? Or bitter-gourd juice ? It is great to try something new if it is good for us. But something which is habit forming is a terrible thing to try. My German boss, who loved beer more than anything, used to skip antibiotics when he fell sick because he didn’t want to give up drinking beer, and the two can’t be consumed together. Is that not pathetic? I repeat: Do not enslave yourself to any habit-forming and/or unhealthy thing. We can enjoy the world as long as we are healthy. So we must take good care of our bodies

References:

https://www.crosswalk.com/church/pastors-or-leadership/is-it-wrong-for-christian-have-drink-alcohol.html

https://www.multinationalmonitor.org/mm2008/072008/jernigan.html

https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/AA67/AA67.htm

 

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Blind Faith: A Belief Without Reason.

The biggest evil of all time that exists even today is blind faith- “a belief without reason and logic, which is unquestionable and without any evidence”. When you go deep into any religion with an open mind trying to understand it not just to criticize it, then only you realize how firmly, religious complexity bond its believers. The elaborate ways in which people perform prayers, the sacrifices made by their religious leaders, their history, stories of god and goddess, morality, miracles and philosophy of how to live life makes their follower to believe in it without need of any evidence. A believer fails to understand how so many things can be false altogether? The very first thought comes to his mind is How so many people’s following his religion from so long period of time can be wrong? If they look around them, they will find that majority of people on earth do not follow their particular religion, moreover, most of them do not see any logic and morality in it. So don’t fool yourself just by seeing large no. of member of your faith. If such people go deep into history of their religion, then they will surely find many people’s who revolted against their own religion but such revolt was suppress brutally in the name of god. Even today, be sure there are plenty of people’s dissatisfied with their religion. Such peoples keep following their religion to avoid any isolation from their society and family.

Blind faith whether in religion or any philosophy is cause of all genocides, inequality, ignorance towards Science and many wars were fought in the name of religion. Even though no religion teaches fighting each other in general, in fact, most of them teach peace. But, since all new religion face hatred, oppression and opposition in the beginning hence they also have some support for waging wars for oppressed people and in self-defence. A learned follower can differentiate between offence and self-defence, but those who try to use religion for political reasons and fighting, misinterpret it to innocent followers and create hate in their mind and justify killing in the name of god. It is due to the blind faith that such persons succeed in spreading hatred and making human kill other human being, burned their property and rape their women. No humanitarian religion will allow such animal like act. Having said that, it is also true that, Religion provides a fertile ground where crop of hatred can easily be cultivated and animal instinct inside human can be unleashed. It provides all the sources to be misuse for fighting and killing innocent people and most importantly hating other religious persons, and all this is possible due to blind faith.

Blind faith is contrary to religion itself. Because many modern religions make some prophecy that a new messenger or guide will come in due course of time. In the absence of open-mindedness, by no means, you can identify any such person because you are indoctrinated to believe in your religion alone with blind faith. So even if someone gives you proof of his or her truthfulness you will not going to believe. This is the reason, Jews didn’t believe in Christ and Christian didn’t believe in Islam and Muslims didn’t believe in Ahmadi sect when these Massiah or Prophet themselves claim their divine birth and perform miracles. Islamic and others religious scripture proclaim that a new messenger or IMAM will come in short time (Short time because as per religious prophecy, Judgment day will come soon).Even after that more than 1000  years past for different religions and no messenger or IMAM came to liberate the world except those who are believed to be false prophet or Imam. Is it not possible that he might already came and left you? But due to your blind faith you were not been able to recognize him? Even if he still needs to come, how with your eyes blindfolded with faith and your mind incapable of understanding anything else because of your blind faith will recognize him?

So, whether you consider with religious perspective or logical and scientific perspective blind faith is not good at all. If you have faith in unseen, like in god, heaven or alien then you can defend your faith, based on religion but if you negate things which are observable and scientifically proved just to defend your religion and attribute it to your faith, you are fooling yourself. You are going backward to dark ages instead of moving forward to light.

 

Blind faith put a blind fold on your eyes, your ears and your mind and you live a life of deaf, dumb and blind. The height of ignorance is that, there are religious believers who feel proud by saying that if my scripture says 1+1=3, then I will believe in it and not in what I learned in school. This is the extreme of blindness, where all argument, reason and evidence become irrelevant.

The important question is how to eradicate this age-old evil from our society? It can be done through education and spreading awareness about science. Firstly, we have to be educated about our religion and then about other religion. Whether anyone like it or not, but religions are going to stay with us .Hence we have to understand that it is not the religion or religious people but the blind faith which is the biggest evil of modern society and should be exterminated at the earliest.

Religious believers should stop presuming things and should come out of your wonderland and face the reality. Before you say anything about your religion first check you scriptures. Don’t presume about your own religion without knowing it. You might be thinking that you are following world greatest and most humanitarian religion based on the input received from your own priest, family and religious man but your thinking will not change the facts which are clearly written in your scriptures. Many times I hear stories from different people’s about greatness of their religion but the truth is they don’t know what is written in their scriptures because they never read their religious books. They all have second-hand information from those who themselves don’t know about the religion and believe on narratives of such persons. The thing which holds you back is the cost you would have to pay if your religion comes out to be false. But at the same time you must understand that there is no point in following false religion. Look for the true religion with open mind and follow it.