Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Folken Family, and a Smoker's Cough

Folken Family is one of the greatest communities I have ever been a part of.
This weekend was absolutely amazing. We have been dealing with an issue with our ears, affecting our balance severely, and at times, our hearing as well. Like any real family, people were there to help when we struggled. If we stumbled, somebody caught us. If we hit the ground, people were instantly there to pick us up. When we couldn't walk across the camp in the dark because our balance was so poor, people took us by the arm and lead us where we needed to go. This really feels like a family, even the members of the community we don't know as well. I wish this would carry through out society. People caring about one another, people helping where help is needed.
The hayride was a little interesting this year. Most of the trip was on a flat tire, which fell right off at the turn around.
Most of the weekend was warm and dry, except for a rainy Sunday. I truly hate the final morning, as it's always the end of something special.

However, during the event, the concern of some people's asthma and allergies was brought up. Around the campfire, with everyone crowded around, cigarette smoke can aggravate people's illnesses. This lead to a bit of a war.

As the announcement was made, some people acted disrespectfully. This spilled over in to online conversations. It's so depressing to watch this community fight. Some people simply don't care if somebody suffers, others are willing to compromise, and some would just rather ban smoking all together. A few even swore and decided they were leaving. I have to say, it hurts to see people leave over a little tobacco. This has been one of the most heart breaking things to see come from this community. There is no reason to be fighting and arguing. Instead, we should all be discussing how to balance people indulging in their vices with considering people's health concerns, so that everyone can have a good time. I don't want to see the smokers leave, but at the same time I didn't enjoy seeing an asthmatic gasping for air. Smoking is a choice, and health issues are generally not.
This family of friends needs to come together and discuss this situation without fighting, threats to leave, and without shutting down and refusing to listen to the other side.
I am all about personal freedoms, but one person's freedom of choice ends where it starts causing someone else harm.

We have mixed feelings about this past weekend. We had a wonderful time, and were shown a lot of live, but the fight afterwards is very very saddening.

No comments:

Post a Comment