I was born in 1985 in Oldham, England, moved to Chesterfield in North East Derbyshire at the age of 3, still living with my parents at age 25. There’s nothing I want more than to move out but I can barely afford to buy petrol to run my car, my overdraft in my bank is £1500, of which I am currently overdrawn by £1100.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not so stupid to think that there wasn’t debt decades ago, but I doubt it’s as easily achievable as it is today.
2011 is a year in the age of technology, but I can’t help but wonder what life would have been like in a different decade. Time seemed so much simpler back then, say the 1950s or 1960s, after both the World Wars were over with, work wasn’t so hard to find, once you found a job back then you stuck to it. The people were better, in the 50s you didn’t have chavs, you didn’t get idiots sat at the back of buses playing music on their phone as loudly as they could.
I read in the paper once that some teenager stabbed a grown up because the grown up asked him politely to turn the music down. Back in those days children were disciplined.
I’m proud to be from England, I’m proud that there was once a British Empire, but I am not proud to be English, not in this century.
At some schools, especially the one I went to, they’re riddled with drugs, young offenders in the making, if you tell the teacher to shut the fuck up what does the teacher do? Give you detention? Back then you’d be getting a cane across the fingers.
My mother once told me how she used to misbehave at school and for her trouble the teacher broke her hand with a cane. My class gave our form tutor a nervous break down, super-gluing him to his chair, putting iron filings in his coffee. I don’t believe in beating children but I do believe in discipline.
Maybe if I was disciplined I would have made something of myself, I wouldn’t be the complete failure I am now. Don’t get me wrong I’m not self deprecating, just stating fact.
Back then there was no mobile phones, there was no internet, no Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter or even MySpace, if you wanted answers, you had to think for yourself, if you wanted to talk to someone, you had to go outside and meet people, now you can stay in doors becoming extremely unhealthy and overweight while talking to people all you want. Either one click of the computer button or one click on your iPhone and you can call anywhere. We are spoiled by technology, it’s making us a weaker race, yes there was television back then but not to the extent we have at the moment, no one cared about or even imagined 3D technology, there’s so much shit on television now it’s unreal, members of the general public can get on television and make money for doing nothing rather than going out and getting a real job. Jade Goody was a perfect example of this, she went on Big Brother in the UK for a few months and afterward carried on getting magazine deals, television deals, business deals all through being an uneducated retard.
Even when she got cancer, she exploited herself and flaunted it and her family all over television, it made me sick, it made me sicker that other uneducated idiots pandered to her. There are people out there, good honest hard working people that deserve way more than she ever did, yet they suffer in obscurity while even now she’s still mentioned on television, my grandfather died of cancer last year, he fought for this country, was he get mentioned? No, he wasn’t. But you know what? He didn’t care because he was from another time. So was my great uncle Kenneth Howorth who protected his English brethren against the IRA, until he was blown up by an improvised explosive device, does he get mentioned? No.
If anything they’re lucky because they no longer have to suffer any of today’s stupidities.
I look back and times just seemed better, children were disciplined, anyone that skipped school were dragged to school by truant officers, there wasn’t so much need to recycle everything, you could smoke in doors, no strict driving laws, whatever else you can think of that is banned or non-existant today, more than likely existed before and while it is true the reason we have to recycle everything now is because of what our elders have or haven’t done in past generations and it is also true that they are not flawless themselves, it just seems a whole lot better place to live than it is now.
Music was a whole lot different back then, there was no Tinie Tempah, Dizzy Rascal, Chase and Status. There was Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett etc, jazz was popular, real music. Not the shit we’re forced to listen to in this generation.
Imagine a world without obesity and the television shows that exploit these lazy excuses for homo-sapiens, imagine a world without recycling, inflated prices, no need for political correctness, not getting fired from jobs because of something you may have posted on the internet, a world where there’s no “super injunctions” and “phone hacking”, a world of discipline and respect.
Seems hard to imagine in 2011. Not so much 60 years ago.
Progression isn’t always the correct direction.