Originally Posted by rockDAWG
Never understand why our society is so obsessed alcohol in every corner, every sport and every activity. Alcohol is so over rated. It seems that we view of consuming lot of alcohol is a cool and good thing to do. Never understand the logic. It is so pathetic to see the drunks acting weird and out of the control.
There's been a few vaguely prohibitionist sentiments expressed here. I'd like to urge you to consider the following, for your own sake.
Look sailing friends... in some time from now, you'll be in the situation where something that makes your life good is going to be threatened by people outside your community who don't know any better. They'll only see the bad, and they'll stereotype the entire community by a small part of it. They will want to take it away from you, even though what you were doing wasn't hurting anyone.
Maybe it will be closing your marina because a few bad apples keep dumping oil. Maybe it will be banning your favorite sport, because some non-participants think it's not safe enough. Or maybe elimination of raw materials for your hobby, because meth labs also use it. I don't know what it will be, but it's going to happen.
When that happens, remember this moment.
Then the next time, when you're about to condemn whatever sort of thing that someone else is into, even though you're not a member of that community, remember that that's the same thing as condemning sailing, and everything else that you love.
Let's all do this together; let's find ways to be happy through other people's happiness, even if it's not for us. And if you can't, please just consider your own self-interest, and tolerate other people on the off-chance that that might be enough that they'd tolerate you back.
ETA: The reason this is sailing-related is that our sport is increasingly being attacked by other non-sailors, in a variety of ways--people who don't really understand sailing, and who will use their misconceived notions of what happens on the water to try to regulate us unfairly. We need to do more than just defend sailing; we need to defend tolerance, if our sport is going to survive.