“It is interesting how Brits seem oblivious to how weird our country is, especially the ‘nanny state’ (here a bag of peanuts will contain a warning: ‘this product contains peanuts’)” – this is a keen observation that a friend from Scotland was making in an e-mail to me a few weeks ago.
“A good joke,” some could say… Well, for those who can’t imagine how weird these Brits can be, I must confirm that it’s sheer fact.
Except for the UK, I haven’t ever been to another country where milk chocolate – and not any chocolate, but an ‘iconic brand’ named Dairy Milk!!! – contains a warning that says: ‘This product contains milk.’ Nor do I know don’t know any other more absurd and hypocritical Nanny State than the British one.
There’s an exaggerate care from Big Brother’s part that people in this country wouldn’t get any allergies, that’s why you could find this kind of silly messages on food packages. Every now and then, you could see a similar warning label on an alcohol bottle, but not on an ‘iconic’ whisky bottle or beer can.
Such warnings like the one placed on chocolate bars would be regarded as offensive on other products, as if food allergies were the worst thing that could happen to someone in the UK!
I haven't noticed any cohesive campaign against serious hazards to one’s health in the UK taking into consideration anything else than an evolutionist/atheist perspective upon human life!
How can you possibly promise a better life for people if you only try to make them safe from external dangers, but not from spiritual dangers (sins), which are the roots of all human suffering? What if someone posted little stickers saying ‘Abortion kills living human beings’ on the billboards (seen in the London Underground) advertising access to abortion?!
If this excessive warning labelling were contained to food products, that would be more or less acceptable. However, I saw that even groups of children were ‘marked’ with fluorescent safety vests, as if everyone else, to careless drivers to pedophiles, should be warned ‘Beware, these are children’ (actually, ‘Be seen, be safe’ was written on one of the vests that I saw).
I wonder how many accidents, kidnappings or other unfortunate events involving children these fluorescent vests did prevent...
Big Brother appears to be trying his best to defend children from the outer world, form their own parents, who are sometimes killing their offspring with the unhealthy food they are offering them, but he can’t (or actually doesn’t want to!) protect them from the demons eating their souls from within: invidualism, promiscuity (the most obvious result of sexual education in primary school!), egoism, atheism, hedonism.
Like the links that I posted here show, the UK is some of the worst places to grow as a child, in spite of all the warnings which are meant to make you feel your life is safer than it would be without those very warnings issued by a careful Big Brother – a well-wishing ‘entity’ loving you more than you can love yourself, always knowing more that you could ever learn... a sort of mockery of God’s love and omniscience.
Ultimately, the most important aspect that this Nanny State appears to have done for you is the way it solved all moral dilemmas on your behalf. “There’s no absolute truth, no God,” Big Brother says, so just enjoy your life, worring only about respecting all these warnings meant to give you a comfortable life!
Just wear the safety vest, follow Big Brother’s directions, and everything will be alright! Don’t worry about any afterlife, it’s just this life that matters!
Sticking to regulations and respecting warnings should make all people in a country like the UK feel their lives are safer, but they can rarely fill up the needs of a human soul, as all souls – even those of children brought up in an atheist society – are meant to have a more meaningful existence than one made up of a succession of pleasant experiences.
There’s nothing more meaningful in our existence than meeting the One Who brought You to life, and allowing Him to love you! The abundace of surrogates for true happiness (delights, challenges, experiences, pleasures, ambitions, career paths, knowlege or wealth gathered etc) can’t make up for not having Him in your life!
Unfortunately, many people in the UK live empty lives, never able to fill them with with anything meaningful after having banished the very concept of God from their hearts.
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