Well, thank you for the er...solicitude. Actually I've tried giving up before - once for about eleven months. If there's anything more addictive than nicotine, I'd like to know what it is. (I've heard of experiments where poor mice (or rats) pushed a lever hundreds of times just to get a single dose of nicotine. Mere cocaine elicited far fewer repetitions. I sympathize with the mice.) Actually it's the drug delivery system that is flawed. The accumulation of years of smoke in my lungs has resulted in what my doctor has described as "incipient emphasema". It is a condition that I would like to avoid. Nor have I completely given up. I find old butts everywhere. When it comes to addiction - I have no shame. There are stories I could tell.....
It is interesting about our penchant for controling animals. We own our pets. (Though I personally find myself owned by any stray cat that happens to find my abode, as many have) And I recently heard an interview of Monty Roberts who wrote the book: "The man who listens to horses". There was apparantly no love lost between himself and his father who used to beat him and his horses with equal savagery - to "break" their spirit. His own solution was precisely the opposite, to learn to think and feel like a horse, so much so that he could walk up to a "wild" horse and place a bridle on it with no particular anxiety displayed by the horse.
It does seem as though there are "types" of people. Those who would control through some form of coercion - (Man Shall Have Dominion, etc.), and those who engage the world through some form of exchange. But then does this not lead into the thorny thickets of nature/nurture?
bill (always ending with questions)