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I'M 81 and I'M TIRED
July 4, 2011 - Al Stephenson
On the day that we celebrate the birth of this great nation, people give thanks to the blessings that living here bestow upon us. Not everyone is totally happy however. I received an email with the above title and I thought I would pass it along. I have no idea who the author is, but most of the folks who got this message before me suggested that they agree with it 100%.
I'll let you decide if you count yourself among those people.
I'M 81. Except for a brief period in the 50's when I was doing my National Service, I've worked hard since I was 17. Except for some serious health challenges, I put in 40 to 50-hour weeks, and didn't call in sick in nearly 40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I'm tired. Very tired.
I'M TIRED of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.
I'M TIRED of being told that Islam is a "Religion of Peace" when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family "honour"; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christians and Jews because they aren't "believers"; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for "adultery"; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, becuse the Qur'an and Shari'a law tells them to.
I'M TIRED of being told that out of "tolerance for other cultures" we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques and mandrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia, New Zealand, UK, America and Canada, while no one from these countries are allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country to teach love and tolerance.
I'M TIRED of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. I'M TIRED of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?
I'M TIRED of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I'm tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.
I'M REALLY TIRED of people who don't take responsibility for their lives and actions. I'm tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.
YES, I'M DAMN TIRED. But I'm also glad to be 81. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are making. I'm just sorry for my granddaughters and their children.
The view from my seat suggests that this elderly gentleman has some valid points. It does seem to be a fact that old people are set in their ways and resist change. It is also a fact that times change.
In some cases change is not always for the better.
I leave it to you, my readers, to determine the validity of the man's comments. Let me know what you think!
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