In The Abscense Of Light
Written by Thomas, May 2005
who smoke are constantly fighting a battle against those who is trying
to convince us that it is better if we where to quit, it would be better
for everyone they say. I like to decide that for myself even if the number
of smokers constantly decreases, whether they quit themselves or faces
the consequences of death, yup, smoking actually can kill ya. And now
there are even laws that forbid us to smoke at restaurants, pubs and other
public facilities. But even if I smoke myself I consider the forbids and
also the fact the number of smokers is getting less a positive thing,
although there is one real and major downside, and the Heavy Metal communion
is the one that suffers.
result of fewer smokers is that not as many people bring cigarette lighters
with them to concerts anymore, and what will be swayed back and forth
during the slower parts of a live performances then? Well, I tell you
what direction we are taking with our technical society: mobile phones.
Instead of lighters we can now see mobile phones with its cold fluorescent
light swaying among the crowd. I first started to pay attention to this
phenomenon when I saw Judas Priest in February and when I saw Freedom
Call in March it was getting even more obvious. But just this past weekend
when I attended Hammerfall the winds had definitely changed, now there
was about fifty-fifty with lighters and phones, and seriously, it isn't
the same. The warm familiar feeling the lighters create is now being replaced
by a cold and hard light and it just looks stupid if you ask me.
what is the cure to stop this mobile phone disease? I don't encourage
you to start smoking, there are enough of us fools already, but perhaps
you could at least bring along a lighter with you the next time you go
to a concert. Or even better, the bands could start handing out free lighters
with their logo on to audience that is paying prices for tickets that
are too high anyway. Mankind discovered the fire for more than a thousand
years ago and I don't think the time to abandon it has come just yet;
I say we stick with it for many thousand years to come.
Thomas - May 2005