In the name of shit, I am so pissed off about reading about the plight of "the very young, the elderly and the infirm" in our society as that organ—which I find increasingly irritating—Private Eye puts it in relation to Prescott's letter to the Daily Express.
You know what? Fuck them.
They are all looked after by somebody else. The "very young" are looked after by their parents, who receive a very healthy subsidy for doing so. The elderly, especially in Scotland, are looked after by taxpayers (and fucking slack nurses and aux'es, but that could be improved if the people in those jobs realised that they were looking after people rather than simply doing a normal clock-on, clock-off job). The infirm are similarly supported by the rest of us.
I'm fed to the back fucking teeth by this lot, really I am. Are the highest suicide rates amongst "the very young, the elderly and infirm"? No. They are amongst young men who, despite the incessant mosquito whining of women, are expected to bring in the lion's share of the money into a household; young men who worry about the constant bills and paperwork that they are subject to; amongst the young men who, despite this so-called women's lib., still feel the pressure to do something other than sit at home performing fuck-all.
I'm fucking sick of it. We have young people—mostly men—killing themselves left, right and centre and we are worrying—and expected to pay for—the least productive in our society: "the very young, the elderly and the infirm". What the fuck is going on?
Here is what is going on. We are allowing those with genetic diseases to reach the age at which they can breed; and suddenly we are surprised that the incidence of, for instance, cystic fibrosis is rising. D'uh. What the fuck do you expect? Why are there no geneticists joining any kind of debate?
We are worried about the elderly living so long: so why do we keep them alive after the time when many wished they were dead? We put down dogs when they are in incessant pain: why do we treat humans in a lesser way?
And, most of all, why do we feel that the only people worth support and help are those that already have it? Why do we feel that those young men killing themselves simply are not worth supporting? Now, you can call me stupid if you like, but I think that if we are going to support anyone, it should be those that are most patently not coping. Since committing suicide can be adequately described as "not coping" then if is young men that we should be supporting over anyone else.
So, frankly, fuck "the very young, the elderly and the infirm": they already have support. Let's help those with a future (unless they kill themselves first).
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