Rant imminent. About the Yoof of Today and how bloody stupid they are.
I am, as some of you are probably aware, Quite Old, Actually. Put it this way: there’s a ‘3’ in my age and it’s definitely not at the end. With each passing year, I find that I’m getting more and more cynical about the way kids are treated. They’re wrapped in cotton wool, shielded from things that might cause them an upset – and as a consequence, they’re turning into arrogant little bastards.
Let’s talk about Things You Really Should Know Better About.
1. Crossing the Road
I was watching some kids about Small Son’s age, possibly older, the other day. I was watching them cross the road. Now, Small Son knows the drill. He can be trusted to cross the road by himself. So he stops, he looks both ways, he makes sure it’s clear, then he crosses. I hammered this simple bit of Stay Alive Sense into him from an early age. It’s not rocket science, is it?
You’d think 12-13 year olds would know how to cross a busy road, wouldn’t you? Wrong. They ran out into the path of an oncoming car, which fortunately didn’t hit them. (Think of the trauma to the driver! Screw the kids!) Then, hurling abuse at the driver they went on their merry way.
When we were kids, we were constantly told never to cross the road without looking. When did this stop?
2. Railway Crossings
There’s a big campaign on the radio about this at the moment. “YOU WOULDN’T THROW YOURSELF OUT INTO THE PATH OF ALL THESE LORRIES, WOULD YOU?” It screams. “SO WHY THROW YOURSELF IN THE PATH OF AN ONCOMING TRAIN?”
Why, indeed? I mean, seriously. People vs a high speed Virgin train to London. We all know how that’s going to end and it’s probably just as well that Virgin trains are red. You’d end up as little more than a speck of gore on the windscreen. If that.
How stupid must people be to even CONTEMPLATE risking their lives for the sake of gaining – oh, what – five minutes? These adverts are aimed at ADULTS, for heaven’s sake.
Hang on, let me try an experiment. *turns to Small Son and asks ‘What would happen if you tried to run in front of a train at a level crossing?’
Small Son: “You’d die.” *eyeroll*
I rest my case.
3. Alerting Kids to Dangers in Dangerous Places
When I was at primary school, I have VERY strong memories of watching an information film about the dangers on building sites. A bit of poking around the Interwebs has, in fact, brought me to this page – which is the very film I’m talking about. I remember it vividly. Particularly the Stupid Kid touching a loose, sparking wire and ending up as nothing but a pair of smoking shoes. That Wiki article states it was graphic.
It was insanely graphic. I was only about 10 or 11 years old or something and nearly all of us in the room couldn’t watch.
None of us ever died at building sites.
HERE COMES THE RANT.
Now, though, they wouldn’t DARE show that to the little darlings for fear of ‘damaging their delicate constitutions’ or some such bollocks. For God’s sake, they won’t even run sports days in some schools now because ‘competition upsets the weaker kids’. What the HELL? No wonder this country’s going to the dogs… etc., etc., carry on in said vein until choler settles.
Show them the film with Smoking Shoes. Show them Joe Stupid getting creamed on a level crossing. GIVE them the graphic proof that Stupidity Isn’t Worth It.