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I used to wonder why people have to die and, even more so, why people want to die. I mean, in the absence of serious or debilitating illness, why would anybody want to die?

However, after getting a little older myself and seeing the world that I grew up in constantly make mostly negative changes, I now understand why people want to, or maybe need to, die off!

You see, there is no use for dinosaurs and other relics from a forgotten time. There is no use for people who can’t keep up with an ever shifting society. You know who I’m talking about. These are the ones who can’t follow current language (slang), technology or fashion trends, and who are majorly unimpressed with today’s entertainment industry as a whole.

Only middle-aged (more or less) myself, I cannot tell you how dismayed I was to see how quickly I am approaching relic status. I mean, I am not interested in trending music, books or movies. I can’t stand it when people repeatedly talk of romance and affection only to show sexually explicit scenes ad infinitum. With that, I cannot imagine how older individual—who, by the way, were born when movies had real storylines and were not just thinly veiled pornographic shows masquerading as action and adventure as they are today—must feel.

Then, there is the constant barrage of upgrades that make the decision to die even more appealing. No sooner than you purchase and attempt to learn the inner workings of an “i” this or that, than another one is on the market rendering your new “i” something or other, old. No matter what you do, you can’t keep up! Even at my age, I have to admit that I have no concern for the latest, greatest, and innovative way to perform a task that was simple enough being done by hand decades ago.

Then, if that isn’t enough, for every good and useful invention designed to make life easier, there are two even newer inventions created for the sheer purpose of wreaking havoc on the lives of those who were reluctant to try new technologies in the first place. Someone hacks this, disables that, and breaches security here. It seems that hackers are multiplying at a much faster rate than cyber security can keep up with.

For me, this more than justifies why seniors, in particular, are leery of moving into the 21st century. In fact, most of the seniors I know still do things the old fashioned way. They continue to pay their bills using handwritten checks and continue to rely on the postal service through their purchase and usage of postage stamps. They still use landline phones—and even if they have cell phones, they are only used for emergencies. Most shop in person, no online stuff. Most don’t use or even own a computer. Most treat the internet as an evil force attempting to gain entry into their homes for nefarious reasons. Most believe they can spot a GMO. And, of course, that’s only for those who know what GMO’s are in the first place!

You see, they grew up in a simpler, less complicated time when people made legal, binding deals with a handshake; wore clothing that fit; and actually talked to one another using real words and not acronyms, abbreviations and slang.

Truthfully, after trying both sides, that world appeals to me too. It feels safer. Can anybody hear me LOL?