11 06 11 - 12:40When modern society becomes hell, people disengage.
Men refuse to consider marriage.
Kids don't leave the home.
People take menial jobs instead of having careers.
It backfires, of course; all that happens is they end up broke, bored and miserable living in their shitty one-room apartments, sending all their money to be someone else's profit. It's a dead-end game.
But in the meantime, we have created a truly self-hating society. Jewish self-hatred? It has nothing on modern society. We hate ourselves for being successful, but mostly we hate ourselves for being big saps who can't say no to anyone.
Not saying no means you have to hire every idiot out there, have to respect every mouth-breather for being human (and they usually have no other accomplishment than being born human), and have to wait in lines and in traffic while stupid people fumble through.
A dying civilization hates itself, and the children suffer the most:
So if my children â like so many of their generation â are lazy and feckless, then I concede that in many respects my solicitude and mad generosity have only encouraged this.
My liberal ways may have backfired, but perhaps the real problem is that being grown up doesnât look very enticing. Out of a combination of kindness and indifference, my parents concealed the full horrors from me. But in my easy-going way, Iâm afraid I could never disguise from my own brood the fact that the responsibilities of adulthood are offensively ordinary; tacitly to be avoided.
I scream most days about insurance premiums, broken washing machines, brown envelopes, insolent tradesmen, cleaning the kitchen floor, brown envelopes, picking up clothes, luncheons with Rotarians, brown envelopes.
Adulthood is when the lights go out. There is not an ounce of pleasure in it â this is the underlying theme of The Wind In The Willows and Peter Pan, of course. - The Daily Fail of Cock Huffer Island
What a miserable web we weave. And then we take it out on each other, instead of simply facing the truths we fear and fixing our society.