Considered thoughts from a man who remembers a time
when the world still possessed Gentle Men …
and Ladies …
One of the more singular perversions of the last century
that mystified me as a teenager,
was the English language terms that were used
to describe the normalisation of what was once
The butchery of a child in the womb, for instance,
is called “Family Planning”.
Or, the masculinization of women
– the eradication of femininity from women –
was called … “feminism”.
As someone who has always esteemed
the properly-written language of writers
who actually deserved the name,
I cannot recall meeting anyone in the 1970’s,
who ever thought that the bizarre, contradictory labels
were any kind of curiosity: all was accepted
whatever they are fed, without questioning a thing.
Last weekend, whilst walking past a car in which
a mother was plainly struggling to free her child’s foot
from a strap on the car-seat – I stopped
and spoke across to her … “Can I help?”
The woman froze.
The husband – sitting in the driver’s seat with that typical,
21st-century, cow-chewing-its-cud, glazed expression –
made absolutely no effort to help untangle the strap
from the child’s limb.
“Are you alright?” I asked.
Craning to look over her shoulder at me,
the twenty-something displayed what can
only be described as a mask of disgust,
and replied, “Yeeee-ah-uh!”
in that obnoxious, modern-day drawl
which is seemingly reserved for those
who ask the most ludicrous questions possible.
“Very sad that you find an offer of help
– made out of kindness – to be so offensive”
I remarked before walking off.
In what an arrogant and barbaric state
must the human mind and soul be, when even
someone in need of help, will not possess the humility
and gratitude … to accept it.
There is an evident and alarming readiness
in the modern multitudes to instantly ridicule
or regard with suspicion … anyone –
when given the slightest opportunity to do so.
Whilst I cannot help but suspect that belittling others
makes ignorant or cruel people believe
that they are more intelligent, or capable,
what is evident, is that this modern readiness to degrade
– rather than think, or consider – certainly appeals
to the vanity of the Vicious.
There have always been vulgar, degraded, and vicious
people: but what is most certain, is that – whereas
when I was in school, our immediate response to adults
was along the lines of “Please, Sir” … “Yes, Miss” … or
“No, Thank You, Ma’am” –
Parents” have set the example for twelve year-olds
who are without restraint in ‘effing and blinding’,
and ‘giving lip’ to shocked elders, teachers at school,
and security guards in the shopping centre.
Neither I, nor my friends, in the 1960’s,
would have done anything that would bring
disgrace upon our parents.
Whilst impertinence is far, far more prevalent now,
malignant humanity has certainly been around
since the world began. It is just that now,
selfishness, promiscuity, arrogance, malice,
vengeance, violence – Aggression – is now regarded
as ‘normal’ behaviour.
The LIBERATED WOMAN
I have quietly observed that, in the 21st century,
there is no such thing as “hate speech”
when it is directed
towards anything that is remotely moral.
The whole of the Internet is a platform
for the vicious to degrade other people,
gratify vanity, or satisfy greed.
The comments on YouTube alone
are more than sufficient to reveal that moral conscience
is no longer a general trait
of 21st century humanity.
Consider the popular fascination with Tolkien,
and his tale of Middle Earth.
” The ring is the ultimate machine because it was made
for coercion. Made by Sauron to coerce. And that is why,
the only solution to the problem of the ring –
as the wise of Rivendale saw – was its destruction.”
[ Christopher Toliken, BBC: JRR Tolkien –
A Study of the Maker of Middle Earth ]
A race now exists (generally and with rare exception)
of people who cannot think for themselves,
but must imitate what they see played out on
television, cinema, and computer screens;
unable to think from a reserve of facts gleaned
from the reading of quality books, but needing instead,
to “look up” everything on the Internet.
Many – judging by their own raucous speech
whilst standing in the queue at the supermarket,
or the coffee-house – have no higher enjoyment in life
than the amplified noise and debauchery
of the next liquor-fuelled “party” or “night out”.
Unable to express themselves without filthy profanity,
the qualities that once raised a human being
above the level of an animal
– self discipline, patience, the ability to pause
and reason, selfless compassion –
have been discarded and replaced by a machine-like
ruthlessness devoid of any mature, once-human quality
of humble self-sacrifice.
Many – possessing neither maturity nor refinement,
use ‘boom cars’ or audio speakers in the house,
to dominate the civilised, and pound their noise
through the homes of quiet-living, peaceable people.
Human beings HAVE BECOME – Ringwraithes –
lifeless beings that are utterly
dependent upon technology:
unable to think, reason, discern,
or judge Good from Evil –
but following, like machines, whatever
a video screen or a ‘news’-paper, or “orders”
Merely look, or listen, in any public place,
and the fact will be readily confirmed: multitudes
whose “conversation” – punctuated by
filthy obscenities – can be heard thirty feet away;
people who will not even look (much less smile)
at a stranger they pass on the street – instead,
shout inanities into mobile telephones for all to hear;
or stare vacantly – their ears plugged
with miniature loudspeakers.
Human beings connected to machines:
incapable of mature conversation
with sober-minded people; vacuously existing
… like machines.
Nothing will arouse them from their stupor
until the next iProduct “upgrade” renews
the grip of technology once again,
and they are plunged deeper
into their technological addiction
– oblivious that there ever was a time
when people did not need machines
in order to ‘have a life’.
It is this Technological Darkness
that replaces brain function,
and seems to Bind
21st century inhabitants together.
This is the One Ring at work:
“One ring to rule them all,
one ring to find them;
one ring to bring them all,
and in the darkness, bind them
… in the land of Mordor.”
The name is Old English:
the land of … Murder.
And Nowhere is there ANY place
more populated by vicious, vindictive,
mental and emotional Murderers,
than the Internet.
The Internet is a land of Ringwraithes:
having no discernible lives in and of themselves;
raised in adolescence to know nothing of responsibility,
accountability, discipline, curfews, or correction;
guided by nothing but their own “Self Esteem” –
their mentality formed by the mental sewage
and moral filth of television, cinema;
computer games, and the Internet;
and motivated by whatever amusement
is portrayed on the screen in front of them.
Simply typing the words: “Tolkien” “Middle Earth”
into YouTube is enough to immediately – immediately –
reveal an example of the effects of this ‘One Ring’:
Having select one of the first-offered results,
I was, within 5 seconds – seconds ! –
confronted with comments in which
some young woman expresses her offense
at “Tolkien’s prudish Victorian morality” …
and then adds what seems to be considered
some form of ‘qualification’ for her ignorance:
“Keep in mind I belong to a living history group
and know a bit about the middle-ages.”
The unbridled Ignorance absolutely boggles the mind.
I can hammer a nail into a piece of wood:
that does not make me a carpenter.
Nor does some upstart’s passing involvement
in some club
denote her an expert in matters, and people,
and a time
in which she neither lived nor experienced.
Having felt perfectly free to express
her detestation of a time
when it was generally recognised
that the sanctity, safety,
and smooth running of the home; and,
the moral well-being and proper raising
of beloved children,
was thanks to the diligence, care, and selflessness
of a loving wife and mother …
She then makes it clear that she regards
such diligent honourable, moral responsibility;
as well as a society in which selfless diligence
was Commonplace … as ‘prudish’,
– all whilst making it abundantly clear that she
will tolerate no criticism of her
[ I have edited the obscenities ]:
“People that make hateful comments towards me
will be booted and blocked. I personally hate people
that act like a**holes in general.
If you want to say something towards me
be respectful, or get f*cked.
My thread, My rules.”
[ End Quote ]
And there it is:
A real woman of the 21st century –
Be “respectful” to me … or “get f*cked”.
What a testament to her parents.
What a representative of her family.
What a perfect example of modern society.
She can denounce the morality of a man;
but obscenities are heaped upon anyone
who might dish out similar treatment to her.
She derides others, yet demands that everyone
be respectful to her;
and does so by hurling vicious, filthy profanity
at anyone who will not bow
to … her … rules.
So bereft of a conscience,
the irony is utterly lost to her.
This is PRECISELY the One Ring at work.
There was a time when women were known as
“The Gentle Sex”.
A century later sees them, not merely imitating men, but –
having become every bit as crude and vicious.
Women’s … ‘LIBERATION’ ?
Indeed, given my memories of the dignified, feminine,
and respectable women that I remember from the 1960’s,
it is a gigantic … DEGRADATION.
There is something, for me, about seeing aggression,
vulgar filth, and profane obscenities
disgorged from the mouth or mind of a woman
that simply fills me with an overwhelming sense
that ‘all is lost’.