Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I don't really understand this society I live in...

Take, for example, the big bugaboo that's made of exposing those under the age of 18 to "adult subject matters" like sex, alcohol, drugs and gambling.  Yet it's no big deal for kids as young as 11-years-old to be working in restaurants or convenience stores alongside co-workers in their 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond---often making the same wages and performing the same tasks.

I remember, when I was in my 20s (late-'70s/early-'80s) I was working in a family-owned restaurant in a small town in eastern Colorado (as a dishwasher) and my co-workers ranged in age from 12 to 65 (The off-spring of the owners, who were in middle-school and high-school at the time, among the younger ones).

But society still proclaims that minors are forbidden to obtain permission to drive a motor vehicle until they reach the age of 16, forbidden any kind of physical sexual and sexually-intended contact until they reach the age of 18, forbidden to consume any sort of alcoholic beverages until they reach the age of 21.

However, they're still entitled to other such "adult" privileges like:
roaming around freely at any hour of the day or night, to go shopping anywhere they choose on their own...
working a regular job and earning an actual paycheck...
having their very own savings or checking account in their own name...
paying out taxes to Uncle Sam...
planning their own exotic vacations, even traveling to places out-of-town or abroad.
And let's not forget about the fact that in the event someone underaged commits a heinous crime, like murder or rape or torture, they still stand to be charged as adults and even sent to adult penitentiaries if convicted.

Apparently "moral standards" are pretty much primarily about social politics:  pandering to popular prejudices and maintaining cultural dogmatisms.

"You're on your own!"
...okay, so whatever you need, whatever you may want as well---you'll have to figure out how to come about it by way of relying on your own else wants to help you out.

Okay, fine!
Not so bad---so long as the world also leaves you alone and doesn't bother you as well

...but not so---
it's not bad enough that the world forsakes you and leaves you to your own devices
---but, when you DO try to make whatever efforts are necessary to get your needs met, or to accomplish something creative or meritable, society seems to go out of it's way to put as many obstacles in your way it can...or it just tries to be spiteful and starts engaging in all kinds of conspiracies to thwart, impede, or sabotage, discourage, and defeat even your best efforts.

The way I look at it is:
They claim they don't have the time or money to help you out, and that there are bigger concerns to attend to and that your dilemmas are not significant enough for them to break away from the important things in their lives for
...yet they still manage to find the time and come up with enough resources to jack with you and play around with your life "for sport".
If they were to take half the efforts they make to constantly "screw with you" and, instead, they would expend them towards lending you a hand from time-to-time, think how much "further ahead" you could've been in life by now.

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