November 14, 2010 10 Comments
November 12, 2010
Britain is a surreal place to be living right now.
The infamous Ministry of Defense trend report for 2007-35 projects the British middle classes ‘becoming revolutionary, taking on the role of Marx’s proletariat.’
I should be seeing the start of the ferment.
Our living standards are being attacked: people are losing their jobs, there is fast inflation, taxes are increasing and every year hordes of young people leave university to few job opportunities.
And yet there is virtually no anger at all. The conversation between people is as trivial and inane as ever.
Most social life in my town of 25,000 people is found in cafes and pubs. Primarily young mothers and housewives inhabit the cafes, while the pubs, charging £3 a pint, are now too expensive for most people to visit regularly.
Everyone else is locked indoors.
The streets are surprisingly subdued. I often take long walks lasting many hours and encounter few other souls. It is eerily quiet.
Even on a Friday night in Coventry, a City of 300,000 people nearby, the high street is surprisingly lifeless. The young are not out mixing and causing trouble as they should be.
When experiencing this shocking lack of activity and desire for life, you may wonder: Where is everyone?
Floating in cyber space.
They are at home gorging on limitless free TV shows, movies, songs and social networking. Their leisure time is spent engrossed in a fantastical ‘second life’.
Television is a tremendous tool of distraction. Internet is even more dangerous. It is a black hole of amusement that swallows people’s lives and destroys whole cultures.
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