Why did Einstein smoke a pipe?

The hard lot of the non-smoker (I): Who smokes loves better


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This does not happen by chance and not only because smoking is an attribute of our time, but because it has long since become a scenic medium and a non-smoker is hardly imaginable as a hero. Unless the "hero" is supposed to be a failure like in Sartre's drama "The Dirty Hands". The main character is a young intellectual from rich Home; and this young man, who is not only taken fully by his party comrades but also by his wife, is an avowed non-smoker. Even more: he doesn't drink either; He cannot tolerate alcoholic beverages. "I know that I can't stand any alcohol, no tobacco, neither hot nor cold, no moisture, no smell of hay, in short, nothing at all," the chain smoker Sartre lets him say.

But his opponent, whom he is supposed to kill, drinks cognac in the morning. And by constantly smoking a pipe and playing his assassin on the wall with accurate arguments and seeing through him completely, he makes one think of Albert Einstein, who was a member of the Montreal Pipe Smokers Club and once said: "Pipe smoking leads to a particularly calm and objective one Judgment in all human affairs. "

Heroes have to smoke. This often used cliché still has a strong impact, especially on young people. And there it is of little use that the German cigarette industry only uses photo models over the age of 25 for its advertising, because it does not want to expose itself to the accusation of seducing young people to smoke. They are also seduced in this way, in fact, because the advertising constantly relates smoking to certain values ​​of life that are considered by everyone to be worth striving for. It shows the successful man who participates in all the beautiful things in life and the "big wide world", in wealth, travel, adventure. And of course it is also successful with women.

Smoking is now part of status sex. At least that's what the English biologist Desmond Morris claims: "The hard dominant or the would-be hard dominator who chews on his big cigar and talks it in the face of his partner has basically the same status-sex demeanor as the little squirrel monkey who spreads his legs and thrusts his erect penis into the face of the low-ranking man. "

According to Morris, the cigar, including the cigarette, is nothing more than a phallic symbol. In a symbolic way, "the erection of the penis as a threatening gesture of male superiority" takes place when smoking - according to Morris -. (And if women smoke, then they do it out of the much sought-after penis envy.) If we assume that the thesis put forward by Morris is correct, then non-smokers forego one of the most important symbols of their masculinity. And of course there is the suspicion that non-smokers are not only uninterested in the symbol, but also in what is meant to be expressed by the symbol. But the non-smoker can only refute such a suspicion through the act. Again it turns out that he has a harder time than the smoker: where he only needs to symbolize, he must act.

Admittedly, even the smoker cannot (and does not want to) only symbolize. But with love - and this is really an advantage - he can fill in the before and after in the simplest possible way. Yes, he can even (and that in our orgasm demanding times!) Allow himself a cigarette break in the middle, which is unconditionally accepted by every woman, especially if she smokes herself. Such a break is absolutely denied to the non-smoker; he would have to be extremely resourceful to find a reason - and in the case of repetition, always new reasons - that really justify a break.

All in all, it can be said that smokers have an easier life in love. For example, already while waiting for the beloved. If it is ten minutes late, it is easy for the smoker to pass the time as a cigarette break. So while he's waiting, he's enjoying himself again. The wait is much longer for the non-smoker. For him it's lost time and he is in danger of losing his good mood, so he needs a higher degree of self-control. If he does not have this, it can even lead to short-circuit actions. There is a famous example of this from world literature. Namely Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". This piece was wrongly understood only as the tragedy of love - in truth it is the tragedy of the non-smoker.