There is a wee question that has been bugging me for some time.
We are hearing a lot these days about the problem of too many old people. Governments are worried that there will be a problem keeping all us old fold happy, and are introducing such measures as raising the retirement age and forcing pensions on younger people. There is going to be a glut of old folk and not enough young folk to pay for ‘em all.
On the other hand, our governments are constantly whinging and wining about our health and are bringing in laws to control our smoking, eating and drinking so that we live longer. Every day we hear of some insane new “study” or “research” that tells us that some everyday thing is drastically shortening our lives and that we have to stop doing it or they will bring in a new law to force us into line.
So therein lies my question.
Why the fuck are governments so desperate to get us to live longer when we are just going to be a problem when we get to old age?
There is a very simple solution to all of this.
LEAVE US ALONE!
If our idea of heaven is to stuff our faces with greasy burgers then fine. We’ll die young and we’ll die happy. If we want to smoke then that’s fine too [though there is some evidence that that will make us live longer and there is fuck all evidence that it harms anyone else]. If we want to drink ourselves into a liver failure then that’s fine.
Darwin had the answer nearly two hundred years ago. If we want to kill ourselves by some idiotic method, then so be it.
Ah, I hear you cry, but what about the families that are left behind?
Simple. If a member of your family is quietly killing him [or her] self with pleasure then it’s up to you to point this out to them, NOT THE FUCKING GOVERNMENT.
The “authorities” seem to want to create a world where we all eat our five a day, interspersed with eating fucking soya beans and tofu and where we all run to work and totally abstain from drinking and smoking. In other words, they are trying to create a miserable existence for us.
Which would you rather?
To die old and fucking miserable?
Or to enjoy life?