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What Say Knysna Regards Bars Open at 7.30am? — 6 Comments

  1. I can always appreciate an intelligent response before 6am:) And i love your last paragraph.

    We start with the kids. We start with them because not only are they not a symptom, they’re not even the cause. They are simply human beings waiting for information from which they will choose what adult they will become. Let’s give them tons of information. Let’s teach them that the world is full of possibilities. That there is more to life than becoming the rut of their parent’s lives.

    That said, we don’t have to add fuel to the fire. Opinion can be a fickle thing. It’s often determined by perspective. Live in the hell that so many in Knysna are living in and you may be, like so many i spoke to, dead set against okaying 7.30am bars.

  2. I’m not sure I understand your logic here Mike. I certainly understand that you have philanthropic intentions with regard to Knysna, but fixing it is going to have to be a hell of a lot more innovative than prohibition, which, as you admit yourself, does not work, has never worked and never will work. History, across the globe, bears stark witness to this in every country and community that has ever been subject to it.

    If, as you point out, society has become cultureless and dumbed down, surely that is the relevant target to focus on? Treating the cause, and not the symptom. Now there is a subject that will be a serious challenge!

    That old chestnut again rears it’s ugly head… “You can’t fix stupid” and if you did try, where would you even begin? Pre-school? High school? Basic adult education?

    Culture, on the other hand, is another thing altogether, it’s a dynamic, shifting and deeply organic process that changes every single day, and by the time one came out with a half decent plan to implement, the goal posts would have shifted to another filed.

    A slippery slope indeed with no ready answers and few willing volunteers. On today’s zeitgeist, I would say this: no man can surpass his own time, for the spirit of his time is also his own spirit. No pun intended.

  3. I guess one would have to look at the US prohibition to understand that restrictions of any kind on whatever drug of choice one might have is totally ineffectual. Some even say that restricting access has the opposite effect.
    Look at the laughable war on drugs the americans are involved in, ludicrous in the extreme, with government now the biggest drug-lords on the planet.
    Legalise dagga. That will do more for alcoholism than anything else.

    • That was my past thinking. Hell, i wanted everything legalized – people could sort themselves, taking responsibility for their victories and disasters. I would use overseas examples such as heroin parks in Holland, prohibition etc. for debate. My thinking is in transition, changing because our current society has become so cultureless and so dumbed down that i can’t imagine good sense prevailing for the majority.

      I’m not against weed. I’m not against alcohol. I’m not against much but i am against abuse that affects others. If we legalized everything in Knysna, there’d be no balance, just more drunks, tik addicts and stoners with no will to keep our town existing.

      It depends on zeitgeist. If it’d been an age of discovery, like the Seventies, we’d have done just fine…but we’re in the age of Apathy and WTF which would only be fed into destruction by liberalism.

  4. I gave it some thought and realise that it does not matter at all. If anyone wants a dop, they’ll get one, legally or not. Shebeens abound and if you want to buy any alcohol whatsoever, it’s available… and probably closer to home than a bar. Prices are much the same too.
    Same as Tik, same as dope. It’s a non-issue.

    • I realize that us flawed humans will pursue our flaws but where i disagree is that if the bars, taverns and shebeens had being closed on Sundays, and the police had pursued such illegal activities so that it was not worthwhile for sellers to risk it, some areas of Knysna would be safer. Knysna lives in 2 worlds. The world of the restaurant/bar selling alcohol on the Waterfront is vastly different to the tavern in a suburb where communities are being destroyed. The municipality has made no real effort to combat tik or alcohol. That is the greater issue. Extending the liquor hours is damn ironic.

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