Thursday, 14 October 2010
Kill the old
Interesting new mood developing and have heard two hints at it already on BBC of all places. The earlier hint might have been late night on Radio 5Live, I can't quite remember.
The thesis is that our generation has stolen the wealth and prospects of our children's generation and that the children will want revenge. The interviewer of Radio 5Live was encouraging the young to be angry and he did get one young man to suggest that the best thing would be to kill the old. It was quickly hushed by passing on to another question.
This morning on Radio 4, another presenter goes at the same subject, and with a certain glee he encourages the same hatred.
Interesting. We - I mean those now about sixty - are also the generation who saved and find our savings worth little, almost as little as our pensions. We never lived on credit cards in our youth and had no debts. We never bought into competitive consumer culture either: never bought a designer label item or indeed a new car. I think we have been on three actual holidays in about forty years.
It's fun for sadly deprived radio presenters to encourage drama, but this one I have already sorted out.
It's like this. I have seen the deterioration of two sets of parents. Deterioration and degredation. C's poor mother is in that vortex now. What I think is: Don't go there. They themselves did, after all, warn us often enough. Maybe ten more years, maybe fifteen, tops. If earlier then earlier, depending on circumstances.
My previously stated desire is to die on stage, to blow up and vanish in an insignificant puff of cosmic smoke, and I am perfectly consciously going the right way about it. If that does not happen, and if I am to be murdered by a younger person, stabbed with a sharpened credit card or bludgeoned to death with a designer-label hammer, or indeed in any other appropriately cool fashion , frankly I don't mind. I am only expressing a preference when I say I'd sooner do it myself, if that's OK with you. In the meantime, put your name down on the list of candidates. There seems to be a queue forming.