Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I must give today's youth credit. They sure have taken the extremes to a new pinnacle. Not satisfied with the latest eardrum shattering bone crushing tangent of sane living they have one upped the old man and old lady with yet an acme of higher endeavors. Why have one loco when four is so much better. But maybe in their quest for nirvana they've crossed the line. One can only go so far before running out of cliffs' edge. In the ongoing quest for faster fasts and higher highs they've hit the wall. And I'm almost certain that there will be reminiscent tales of having drank four cans of the fruity beverage in one night repeated again in the depths of the high school locker rooms. Surely they'd not be foolish enough to leave photo evidence on some facebook page, but then I never underestimate their lack of foresight. What the grownups in charge fail to realize is that those they are trying to protect are far more creative at seeking mind altering methods for a Friday night. And far be it from them not to figure out the fundamental ingredients of the Loco juice. With a copped bottle of the old mans' Kahlúa Especial which has an alcohol content of 36% and other creative bartendary they'll have something just as tasty and lethal. We can only hope that somebody in the group will have the minuscule amount of sense to call 911 prior to cardiac arrest.
There in lies the problem. We have leaned on government too long to solve our parenting responsibilities. Rather than tell junior to put down the game controller and get his butt to the ball field we let city counsel banish cardiac burgers from the menu. And rather than solve the root causes of our social ills we're content with letting someone else treat the symptoms. Just how insane is this thinking when we deny a cheap toy to junior while we give away free syringes to junkies? What message does that send?
Now here's a disheartening thought that maybe the insurance companies hadn't thought of. With 25% of our youth being obese in all likelihood we of the older set will probably out live them. That will present a difficult situation of demographics. Like a country hit with war the bulk of the population would be either very young or very old. A perfect set up for total population control. The situation will not get better anytime soon either. As we keep moving away from physical labors to keep ourselves alive our bodies atrophy that much more. Soon keyboards and mice will be as antiquated as a slide rule. They are very close to computer interactions by thought. I could only imagine in a hundred years of inactivity of human blobs in mobile chairs. Remember it's only taken about 50 years to get to this point of obesity.