I read something yesterday that quite frankly shocked me.
Twenty nine per cent of parents won’t let their kids play in the snow in case they get hurt. Snow is “too dangerous” Little precious might slip on the ice or, God forbid, someone might actually throw a snowball at them.
What the fuck has happened to society?
What has turned ordinary people into nannying fussbuckets who are scared of their own shadows?
When I was a kid a good snowfall led to hours of fun throwing snowballs and making snowmen. The only word of caution I might have got would be a hasty “wrap up well” as I shot out the door. When I eventually got home, I would get a cautionary warning about running hot water over my blue and numb fingers – “you’ll get chilblains”.
Was ice less slippery sixty years ago? Were snowballs softer? Did a fall cause less bruising? Was freezing temperature less freezing?
Is it the all pervading preoccupation with health that is producing such a “risk averse” society? Is it the constant nagging about how we must look after ourselves and reject anything that may remotely harm us? Is it the constant bombardment in advertising about “healthy foods”, “healthy vitamins” and anything that is supposed to promote a “healthy lifestyle”?
Or is it the meeja with its sensationalist headlines – the Met Office issuing Red Alerts and tabloids with stories of every little mishap that may be due to the weather? What the fuck is a Red Alert anyway? What in the name of blue fuck is it supposed to mean other that to hype up a bit of weather into some kind of sensationalist national emergency?
That twenty nine per cent are not doing their kids any favours. Just the opposite. They are denying their kids some good healthy [there’s that word again] exercise. They are denying their kids a chance to build up their immune systems. They are denying their kids hours of social interaction and, well, fun. They are not protecting their kids; they are damaging them. I would go so far as to say they are not fit to be parents.
I really despair for society.