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Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » My demographic, let me show it to you.

My demographic, let me show it to you.

This became a pretty heated debate in the political philosophy course I took last semester: young, single folks don’t matter.

If you are able-bodied and not doing your part in bringing forth a new generation of Americans to do… something, then you aren’t doing anything useful, and should pay more taxes to make up for that. The Rawlsian Difference Principle is like a hamster wheel for the masses.

And, if you want to see ridiculousness in action abroad:

A Jobcentre Plus worker claimed that the word ‘reliable’ meant they could be sued for discriminating against unreliable workers.

The mother-of-two from Hertfordshire today slammed the situation as ‘ridiculous’.

She said: ‘I placed the advert on the website and when I phoned up to check I was told it hadn’t been displayed in the job centre itself.’

Here in the states, those people just stay on unemployment. But we’re not free from ridiculousness either: apparently, giving your employees incentives to be healthier is really discrimination against those who choose not to be healthier. Of course, it has to be Whole Foods, right? And they’re picking on fatties.

I’m reminded of one of my favorite poems (The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats):

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert.

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Has humanity always aimed toward such egalitarianism? As a collective expectation, it should seem intuitive to expect the strong to help to provide for the weak. But to force it, that just seems like a petty maneuver by those who would benefit the most from the least work on their parts. A vote is five minutes of work that could pay off big-time.

The future is bright for the lazy, fat, baby-making masses.

Also, I am being discriminated against for working hard, not polluting the world with children, being single (and not wanting to get hitched), and being skinny.  Maybe they should give me a stimulus to make me fall in line.

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3 comments
Kim
Kim

LOL puppies? Oh god, if only you were a comedian.... Nihilism is your sport.

Kim
Kim

LOLOL @ discriminating against unreliable workers. It seems like you're talking about a misunderstanding of egalitarianism. With private corporations, it seems to me like they can use their mission statement to define their values and expectations. If Whole Foods wants to give greater employee discounts in the produce dept and not the bakery, well employees should have known/figured that when they applied. Being intentionally uninformed is no excuse, and that's just common sense. Being a reliable worker is also common sense. While many other levels of quality are declining, decorum should be one of the last. Even the government as an employer wouldn't allow people to have bad hygiene just because they're afraid of seeming "prejudiced" against smelly, dirty people. That's foolishness. The line has to drawn somewhere. On the other hand, I don't really understand the connection between being a whiny, lazy worker and having babies, unless you really consider both circumstances to be pathetic and un-pitiable. (Have mercy, Dan!) Maybe the system just hasn't caught up to the widely varied, de facto practices of our generation. The religious population in the US continues to decline, and I think that with it more and more people will choose to be single longer, adopt, not have kids, not marry, whathaveyou. ("Why buy the cow...?") Maybe post-census there will be some interesting analyses of the data and will effect tax law for single adults! I'm an optimist! P.S. How does the poem fit in???

Daniel
Daniel

I was drawing a connection to how absurd everything is becoming: being discriminated because you have a phobia against washing your hands, etc. The poem clicked for me on this topic of social decline. Also, in a lot of social theory the single, white male is seen as the bad guy (not all, of course). I was being snarky and I don't think people with children should be given breaks simply for pumping out puppies and while decorum is important, going so far as to not offend the dregs of society is too much.