Expired

When I become a grizzled old guy, if I’m so lucky as to get there, I’ll remember this sage piece of advice for any younger people I have the pleasure of boring:

“The future is tired old ideas. Don’t waste your time trying to invent the next big thing. Figure out what’s expired, and put a fresh coat of paint on it, and the idiots will flock to your side.”

This thought zings into my head every time I see someone from Generation X, Generation Y or the millennial Generation Zero endorsing some kind of hippie logic, or even just leaning to the left. The potential but never to be realized conversation blooms in my head.

Why do you praise and then repeat the failed past? You’re emulating the people who inherited a first world country full of potential, and left you a burnt-out ruin full of debt. America now more resembles the countries that fell to third-world status, like Russia or Brazil, and are now ruled by corrupt oligarchs in the shadows. Your public services are garbage at this point. Your education, overvalued. Your government, incompetent. And the people? We’ve bred a bumper crop of stupid, imported stupid, and in fact done everything but clone stupid in labs. Who did this to you? The Baby Boomers — the generation that became the hippies — way back in 1968.

Do you remember 1968? Of course not: that was a lifetime ago. But these people and their hideous ideas are still kicking it around, and they think they’re smarter than you. Like a bad parent, they think they can manipulate you — and sadly, most commonly you prove them right. They do it with the oldest trick in the book, which is to distract you from what you should have had with bauble or other shiny treat.

“Here, you can’t have a stable country, so have this cookie instead!”

They do it to you a million ways. You can imagine their dialogue:

  • Can’t have a stable country? Well, you’ve got freedom and maybe legal pot! That’ll be a big comfort to you as you get raped in an alley or fleeced by corrupt cops.
  • Most people around you are morons? Well, no problem — you can have sex with them, and you can manipulate them too, so they’ll be like possessions. Your kids, too; you’ll own them like we own you.
  • No longer a superpower? Don’t worry, you’ll be a from a peaceful country! Everyone loves peace, right? Yay, we’re the peace country! And the rest of the world gets run over by dictators? And the USA falls to adversaries? Not our problem — we’ll be dead (we were around in 1968).
  • Too much competition? Yeah, I guess we did open up the floodgates and let everyone in, so now you have to work twice as many hours to get anywhere. And I guess that means this system values slaves not thinkers or heroes. But you’re equal now, at least.
  • Trash culture? We wanted to make sure that your dissonant rock band was considered as vital as the work of some over-rated dead white male like Beethoven. I guess we did kind of lower the standard to a mediocre level, but look at the bright side: you can have fifteen minutes of fame instead of Beethoven having fifteen centuries of it.
  • Failed cities? I guess by forcing rights on everyone, we did sort of convert this country from a culture to an open-air shopping mall. But we’re hippies, and we’re against that stuff! I’m not sure how it turned out so badly. But smile! At least the shopping is great.

The hippies were charlatans the first time around. They took the formula of the 1920s generation, who rebelled against World War I, and turned it up to 11. Free love! Free drugs! Equality! Civil rights! Peace! And ten million other things that share one attribute in common: they’re distractions from the real issue.

All these moral questions are about how you want to look to others. Do they think you’re a nice guy because you defend the rights of the gay mentally retarded Eskimo? Are you giving away your genitals to others to have fun, which by definition makes you a nice girl? Be nice. Give it all to everyone else. Then you’re cool.

But none of this has any bearing on anything other than your popularity with a mob made of selfish people who have no direction in life. What about wanting to raise a family? Have a career that isn’t overwork for low money in the company of idiots? Have a society that is aiming for new heights and doing great things, instead of beating up on every tin-pot dictator who doesn’t endorse our jihad for democracy, equality and “freedom”?

Those 1968 people inherited a country with the best economy in the world, the best legal system, some of the bravest and smartest people, the safest streets and probably the best places to work. What did they have you, Generations X, Y and Zero?

They handed you a wasteland, and they laugh each time you parrot their tired old ideas as if you just discovered something profound. They won: they manipulated you, and you don’t even know it. Enjoy your servitude, because it was done by your own hands.

4 Comments

  1. Dan says:

    All these moral questions are about how you want to look to others.

    I’m guessing that this is what you might mean by the non-binary view of political correctness being about “appearances”. Would I be correct?

  2. crow says:

    How you appear, to others, is the religion that supplanted Christianity.
    Maybe St. Peter will actually evaluate what you appear to have been, rather than what you were, while deciding on whether or not to grant you permanent residency in heaven.

  3. fugitive says:

    This is why there are no good histories of the 60s. The 68ers actually try to promote the crazy idea that they were defeated by Nixon, Reagan and the like.

    1. The 68ers actually try to promote the crazy idea that they were defeated by Nixon, Reagan and the like.

      Good point. Reagan was more likely a lone bastion against the wave.

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