New Years Day, that great Finish Line of the holidays!
This was the first one I really and sincerely got to enjoy, Christmas running a close second. Spent both on my own, but today I got out of the house and took care of business: it's great when you go shopping and come back with more money than you left with! It wasn't til I got to the local smorgasbord and burned through the gift card from work I got to thinking about how much things change in relatively short time:
When I was a kid, the terms "man of the house" and "dinner hour" were still in use; today they would be gobbledygook, even if the hearers spoke English. Television & restaurants pitched their sales to the man, or as someplace to take the family this weekend: TV shows most popular were Gunsmoke, Twilight Zone, Carol Burnett, American Sportsman. We didn't have football clubs that dressed teams up in pink ribbons for "breast cancer awareness", there were horse races, boxing matches and police shows. If you ever saw a tooty-fruit on TV, it was a candy ad or a news story about the cops shutting down a perv-palace.
Then, long about the time the Establishment decreed that schools shouldn't punish troublesome brats, everything changed.
Thinking was out and "feeeeeel"ing was in.
We traded James Arness for Lou Grant. Work and responsibility were still commonplace, not dirty words. Three of the local high schools had rifle ranges in the basements, because we controlled idiots, not guns & nobody even heard of "attention defecit disorder" because there were ass-whuppin's, not cop-outs!
As Stephen King put it in the Dark Tower series, "the world has moved on" but not to better things: A step "F0RWARD!" may be "Progressive" but it's also more often than not a step down, taken in ignorance and cowardice. Reason yields evermore to emotionalism & jingoism. Instead of having your "eyes on the prize" you are sensitivity-trained to worry about how others might "feeeeeel" about your success. Here's an honest solution: Withdraw your consent to all this weakness-mongering: Have the guts to stand up and say, loud & clear: No more! Have done with and no use for the milk toast and the mealy-mouthed! As we told the "look-good" hypocrites in the 1960s, so we must say to their "feeeeeel-good" counterparts today:
You are finished!!!
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