You Are Soft Like Marshmallow
Updated: Nov 21, 2021
Are you in your teens or twenties, have a career mapped out, and are well on the way to achieving it? Do you believe in personal responsibility and that you get back out of life what you put into it? Do you think that rights come with responsibilities? If you answered yes to all three, then this post is not for you. So pat yourself on the back and get on with it. You only get one life.
The rest of you young people could benefit from a short break from your social media to read and perhaps contemplate what I have to say.
Right now, it's seen to be really cool to be 'woke'. What is woke? It's two things. It's bad English for awake, and it's middle class, mainly white people, being offended on behalf of minorities. But generally, when woke people have to make some sacrifice to help minorities, they aren't that keen. That's called human nature.
What is racism? According to the Oxford dictionary its [ Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism by an individual, community or institution against a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalised.] Nowhere in there does it say you are a racist if you disagree with someone, yet your generation commonly calls people racist for disagreeing with them.
What is freedom of speech? It's a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or a community to articulate their opinions and ideas without fear of retaliation, censorship or legal sanction. Your generation seems to agree with this until someone else has an opposing view, then it's not ok, and you've invented 'cancel culture' to shut down the things you don't like. There are many countries in the world where free speech is not allowed. None of them are nice places to live in. So be careful what you wish for.
'Hate speech' is a big deal, and I think you and I agree that it's not a good thing, but, again, it's not hate speech if someone just disagrees with you.
I've been called an 'old stale pale white male' many times lately, and you know what, the reality is that I am. But us OSPWMs have feelings, too, and if you are going to scream and pull your hair out because you're offended about something someone infers about you, then you need to be super careful not to do it yourself lest you be called a hypocrite. Us OSPWMs have primarily been working and paying taxes all our lives, and we've lived and seen some things. So please don't write us off too soon. We might be useful. I had a Twitter bully tell me to fuck off and leave the country a while back. I replied and said, "But who will pay all the taxes if I go?" He said, "I don't care. Just fuck off." I replied, "No, you really need to think about this. If we all fuck off, who will pay all the bills? You'd have to bludge off each other." He went silent.
While I'm discussing taxes, your generation seems to think that the Government is some magical entity whose job it is to make everything right for you. Well, it's not, and they can't. You need to help yourself. Government should supply:
1. Law and order
2. Public services, Libraries, Schools, Parks
4. Guide the community, manage the economy, conduct foreign relations.
After that, you should provide the rest and pay your share of taxes to help out with the four above. A government that encourages dependency by making it too easy to bludge is not helping anyone except themselves stay in power. Long term, they will destroy the economy.
MMT or modern monetary theory suggests that the Government can just print endless amounts of money to pay for whatever they want and not worry about paying it back. If this is the case, why pay taxes at all and why not all just spend every day at the beach drinking champagne delivered by the Government? Umm. That's because MMT is flawed, or we would have been using it for thousands of years. The Pied Piper will eventually come for your children.
The world is awash with debt. The world's financial system is a house of cards, with more and more debt being piled on all the time. The popularity of schemes like Afterpay show this in action. All you are doing by using Afterpay is living eight weeks into the future. After that, you are back to the status quo, except that Afterpay is profiting from you. May I be so bold as to suggest saving up for something and then buying it when you have the money? It's quite satisfying. Most old white men are not the enemy. Corrupt politicians, the financial elite and the big corporations pushing us into debt are.
There's a meme doing the rounds where an angry Greta Thunberg says, "Our generation will start a revolution." Then two gnarly old guys in WW2 soldiers uniforms say," Your generation doesn't want to work 40 hour weeks, is the most consumer-oriented yet, want's everything yesterday and you cry when you have to eat meat."
My personal opinion is that it's my generations fault for the way you are. We made it too easy for you. We pandered to you, didn't discipline you and made you think you were more important than us. Guilty as charged, I guess, and I apologise for that because it's made you soft. We mistakingly did it because we loved you.
Take some time to read the news about Syrian refugees, the Palestinian problem, the kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria, or even read a good WW2 history book or a book on the great depression to see how things were in those times. Have a think about how well off you actually are.