03 May 2010

On smoking and the Soul

"The soul, of course, is a complex thing. Long ago Plato suggested that we consider it as divided into three parts -- the appetitive, spirited, and rational -- that correspond to the three basic kinds of human desires: the desire to satisfy physical appetites, the desire for recognition, and the desire for truth. Once his tripartite division is recalled, tobacco's relation to the soul becomes clear: The three prevalent types of smoking tobacco -- cigarettes, cigars, and pipes -- correspond to the three parts of the soul."

-- Michael P. Foley