Today I'd like to spend some time talking about the older generation. There are several contexts I could delve into, but I'd like to start with the corona crisis.
I'll start this discussion with an incident that occurred quite recently. I woke up with a slightly stuffy nose and a very slight tingle in my throat. Realising that being overly cautious is a benefit to others in this corona-age, I cancelled my appointments for the day (including a rehearsal, thereby losing 150 euros), and decided to stay at home. However, I did still have to bring my children to and from school, and decided to stay as far away from others as possible. As I was waiting on the curb at my children's school for them to get out, an elderly heavy set Surinaams man shuffled by me, passing about 12 inches from my head. I could not retreat to give him space, because I was leaning against a railing. I asked him politely and in a calm voice to keep distance before he passed me. As soon as I had uttered the words, the man began a tirade against me, telling me to fuck off and numerous other rude accusations and words. There was a classroom playing about 6 meters away that could hear the whole verbal explosion.
Now you may think that this may be just a strange incident, but it is not the exception to what I have been observing in the last couple of weeks. Another example: yesterday (I had no cold symptoms) while I was bringing my kitten to the vet for his second vaccination, I waited outside until the exact minute of my appointment so that I would not be unnecessarily crowding the waiting room. And elderly man walked jovially past and asked me if I was waiting. I told him that I had an appointment and was waiting for my time. "Oh but I just need to buy something from the counter." He and his wife walked in and waited in a crowded space with three others, while his mask was under his chin. He spoke to everyone, petted other people's pets, and seemed not to have a care in the world. The assistance likewise did not ask anybody to wait outside or keep distance. After ten more minutes of waiting, I left without the vaccination.
The problem that I have with these two incidents is that the younger generations are suffering and will eventually pay for all of the terrible decisions of the older generations. The youth is confined, not allowed to develop, restricted in every which way. Culture has been granted a death wish. Everything that is worth living for, that brings any sense of joy, (even just seeing family members) has been severely restricted or even completely cut off. And WHY? To protect the weak, to not overload the health system. We say "stank voor dank" in Dutch. Stink for thanks. That's how I feel about the man that told me to go fuck myself. Love your neighbour, love even your enemy. I'm having a hard time with that.
Now who is to blame that we have such a huge percentage of weak and immune compromised population?