Re: Alienation and Smoking
All societies and traditions are the result of previous societies and traditions taking on new form as is necessary. There is nothing truly original or "pure". To deny the evolution of new practices and customs is to deny the roots of the practices many hold sacred. I have nothing against the study of tradition and culture. In fact i love it. I see no reason why I should be discouraged from studying, experiencing and practicing the customs of cultures I was not born into.
My views on this subject are fleshed out more in my previous post in this thread.