The first few stories tonight on the news were:
- Police will soon have a radar gun that detects if you are texting and driving,
- They are going to start using DNA from your dog that they take when Snoopy gets registered, to determine which dog owns the dog poo left in the park,
- They want to put smokes up to $40 a packet.
Now I totally support safe driving practices, I support picking up dog poo and I don’t think you should smoke…….but Australia is fast becoming a police state where every part of our life is regulated by laws and fines.
I get why Authorities do it and I get that we are all “safer” but one of the reasons why I like going to Thailand is that there is an element of unregulatedness about it that I find surprisingly refreshing.
I remember a Movie from a decade ago called Demotion Man. It is set in the year 2032 and everything is completely regulated, even to the point where if you swear you are immediately issued with a language violation. Well we have 16 years to get there and in Australia the way we are going with stuff like this and the Orwellian Thought Police that troll social media ensuring that everyone’s thoughts and conversation fit in to the accepted social norm, we should be there in about 4 years.
Reminds me of a thing I read a few years ago about people who grew up in the 60’s 70’s and 80’s…which is following, but not before I highlight an article I read recently in one of the Sunday papers that said that kids these days are weaker in terms of mental and physical health than their parent’s generation……wait up….has all this regulation not made us better humans? Anyway I couldn’t find the article but here is one from the UK saying the same thing. Click here
Here is the article about growing up in the 80’s
To all the kids who grew up in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.
Maybe the Orwellian society we thought would be awesome if we created it, has more significant downsides than a dog crap left in a park….Peter Pilt language violation.
Anyway that’s what I think.
Ps Peter Pilt
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