ORIGINALLY, I ATTRIBUTED THIS PIECE TO MR. BIILL COSBY. I WAS WRONG. HE DID NOT WRITE IT AND I APOLOGISE PROFUSELY. I SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE CAREFUL HERE IS WHAT SNOPES SAYS ABOUT IT ALONG WITH MR. COSBY'S DENIAL.
HERE IS THE CORRECT ATTRIBUTION, AGAIN FROM SNOPES: this article...
I retract the attribution to Mr. Cosby; I do, however, keep this post because what I have to say, I now have to say to Mr. Hall and those who agree with him.
"I'm 83 and Tired"
This is my response:
This should be required reading for every man, woman and child who read Mr Hall's presentation.
"I'm 59 and handicapped and I'm tired."
I'm 59. Except for a brief time in the 1980s, I worked all my life until my physical disabilities made that impossible. I paid my taxes without too much grumbling and didn't expect anyone to take care of me.
I'm tired of hearing people, young and old, complaining about giving something back to the society that enabled them to accomplish what they are doing or have done.
I'm tired of reading those who are lumping groups of people together and labeling the individuals in those groups as bad because they have severe problems coping with life. There but for fortune go you and I, Bud.
I'm tired of Islam being demonised because of the cultural - not Qur'anic - teachings of some adherents.
I'm tired of those who regard non-incoming producing adults as parasites without regard to why they are not producing income or what other useful services they may be performing. I'm tired of feeling like a parasite personally, although I know my feelings about myself are mine to handle and don't really belong in this public forum.
I'm really tired of listening to uncalled-for condemnation of people who take responsibility for their lives by attempting to change injustices in society. I'm tired of them being disrespected, beaten by police, pepper-sprayed in the face, and called ugly names. I'm tired of those who ignore the facts about discrimination and act as if they rest of us should simply accept these inequities and pretend they don't exist.
I'm tired of social Darwinism which condemns the less fit, by society's definition, to lives of unproductive despair with the only possible escapes being drugs or death. I'm really tired of hearing those who have given up written off as subhuman. There but for fortune...
I'm tired of hearing older people mouthing platitudes about "What has become of the younger generation?" Every generation has said that about the generation following since the beginning of human history. It's both old and pointless.
Most of all, I'm tired of Robert A. Hall ranting and raving and holding himself above everybody else. I will, however, defend to the death his right to do so.
Yes, I'm damned tired and really sorry I won't be around to see how our current societal problems will be coped with by the coming generations who will have the benefit of a wider vision and a better education provided by the Internet. I see a glorious and difficult future ahead, as there has always been a glorious and difficult future ahead for our species.
Mr. Hall I disagree with your pessimistic assessment; if you're ever in my neighborhood, please drop by and I'll teach you about something called chardi kala.
BTW, I am not part of the problem. I AM THE PROBLEM! I disagree with you and I won't shut up. Sure, I will cheerfully send your gloomy, hateful diatribe to others - along with my much more optimistic predictions.
Send this on if you wish. It's totally up to you.
I won't promise it'll save the world or bring you good luck or make God to smile upon you.
I ask only that you include both presentations. They balance each other.