Welcome back ladies and gents. I’d apologize for what might sound like a rant, but quite frankly, apologies are not what you may find in this post. I haven’t used my holy wrath in quite some time, so please allow me this one-off opportunity to unload. I’m not doing this for me, you see. I’m doing this on behalf of people who, as it will become apparent, can’t do it themselves.
Let me ask you a few questions if I may.
Who are your role models? People you look up to, are inspired by?
How many of you answered “Mom” or “Dad“? How many said “Granny” or “Gramps”? A president perhaps? another public figure?
I’d venture a guess that there were way more answers as the above than say, Justin Bieber. Now I respect young Bieber just like the next one, but he’s not even close to qualify. Simply due to the extremely short span of his life so far.
So, in other words, I think it’s safe to say that most of our role models are people who have “done something in their lives”. If I want to be clearer (and I do), OLDer people.
Even if you’re not religious (I’m not), I’m sure that some adult have told you sometime before today that it’s very important to respect the elder.
Now not all elders are created equal… Surely I’d have a lot of respect to the Dalai Lama, while I will have nothing but contempt for Adolf Hitler… I’m simply generalizing, as for me, Old people mean mothers and fathers, grandparents and so on. They don’t have to be mine too. I see an old man in the street and I see someone’s role model. Someone’s grandpa.
Here are just a couple of more questions.
How many of you would physically assault Nelson Mandela, if he happened to point out to you that you parked your car against the law? How many of you would beat up Grandma or Grandpa if they told you that the music you blast out in a public playground is too loud?
“Well that’s a bit extreme, isn’t it?” You might say.
YES. It fucking IS!
But these things happened. And for some reason, I can’t look at a newspaper these days and not see another case of teenagers or young adults (if you can call them that…) physically or verbally assaulting elderly men and women.
You know, psychologists will tell you that a kid drawing a picture of a parent with exaggerated limbs is said to fear the parent. My god, I do not wish to see how the elderly would draw us…
We could take this post now and try to find the reasons which lead to these sub humans attacking old people. We could try to look for the root cause. Maybe they’re upbringing could have been better… maybe their social-economic environment was this way or the other. But you know what?
I don’t care. I don’t care about the attackers.
I know that SOME old men can be grumpy or downright mean. I was a teenager. When I was told I’m playing my electric guitar (If you can call that playing…) too loud, I’d think “Jeez, you’re just too old.” and maybe they were too old.
But I would NEVER. EVER. even entertain the thought of hitting or swearing at an old woman (Not that young ones are game, but still…)
Where I come from, old people are the ones who built the nation. They’re the ones who made it possible for me to have what I have, and I don’t get it. I just don’t fucking get it.
There aught to be a law! Hold on… there IS one! I would like to see these PUNKS get what they really deserve.
Here’s a suggestion for you (I stole it from someone) – subtract the age of the attacker from the age of the victim then add 5 for good measures, and that’s the jail time these good for nothing, selfish, disrespectful menaces should serve. With hard labor. Preferably building homes for those elders who may not have one.
My role models are definitely my parents who, literally, gave me everything they could. I’m forever in their debt.
Who are your roles models? Why? What would be a fitting punishment for those who assault our parents? Can we do something?