I have said before [many times] that I am so glad that I was born when I was.
I have lived through relatively peaceful times, though I could have done without the Cold War, and have seen the amazing advances in technology, from man landing on the Moon to disposable computers.
I do however fear for the future. Supershadow would have me live indefinitely and to me that would be far worse than a long lingering death. The world is becoming a place where I frankly wouldn't want to exist. I really do worry for the Grandkids.
On the one hand there is The Elite [for want of a better collective]. Increasingly the elite, consisting of Big Business, Big Finance and the political mob have been manipulating the system to their own ends. More and more laws are being passed that favour the elite while screwing the ordinary Joe Soap. The EU is a perfect example of this where they will sacrifice whole countries to further their quest for greater riches and more power. Countries that were once independent sovereign powers are now mere states in the monstrosity that is the EU.
Take Ireland for example. We had the financial crash that was mainly down to being in a currency that was imposed on us, and wasn't at all suitable for the size of our economy. After the crash we were forced by the EU into a bail-out where the Plain People of Ireland were forced to pay for any monies that the elite might have lost due to bank failures. We literally had to pay their gambling debts when their gamble failed. Then there are such trivial matters as the Water Charges – again imposed on us by the EU and forcing us into a double charging system. Then the EU demands we change the way our refuse is collected which in some cases is tripling the cost of the service. I have also heard tell that because of EU regulations we can't even build affordable housing for the homeless, of whom there are many since the crash. In all cases the ordinary man gets no benefit but has to pay more and more.
On the other hand there is the rising generation coming up behind me. Here, I really despair. Whether it is deliberate policy or just changing times, but the level of education and lack of personal responsibility is reaching frightening levels. They are becoming the mindless generation expecting to find any knowledge they need from Google and expecting everything else to be handed to them on a plate. We have university graduates who are illiterate and innumerate and who then whinge and cry because they can't get jobs. They allow the elite to dictate how they live their lives without question or any hint of personal responsibility.
The latest term I have heard for them is "Snowflakes" [I used to call ’em the Twitter Generation] where they must be protected from life and anything that upsets them in the slightest has them going off on a rant on Twitter or Farcebook, demanding new laws to protect their precious feelings.
I came across a video yesterday, posted by Dioclese. It really is the perfect illustration of the Snowflakes that are becoming abundant these days. It illustrates perfectly their complete ignorance over such trivial matters as how a vote works or what the EU does. They "love" the EU which in itself is a frightening concept. How can one "love" a business, let alone a dictatorship? They demand a new referendum so they can have a voice, overlooking the little fact that they had their chance and didn't take it. You really couldn't make it up!
At least the chap doing the video shows a good grasp of the situation.
Maybe there is hope yet?