Saturday, 9 October 2010

Underclass overload

Blue Eyes features a clip from a daytime TV show I must confess I've never seen, and for me it's a real eye-opener. I've seen the US version, of course, but never our own. It's a familiar vision of a thuggish, brutish member of the inarticulate underclass going into overload over a perceived slight. The only thing lacking is the almost rhetorical demand "You think you're better than me, don't you?"


Every new day I wake I thank God for it and for the abilities, talents and opportunities that have made my life comfortable and secure, for all the books, the music, the beauty and the environment around that has sprung from man's love of the Light and urge to create, for the strength of shared beliefs and outlooks, for a proud heritage and a bountiful nation. I don't think, I know, that I'm infinitely luckier than BE's young thug - but better?


We're a strange people. We'll take in an abandoned dog from a life of maltreatment and deal with its snapping, its growling, its mistrust and misbehaviour with endless love and firm patience but won't extend this approach to unlikeable young thugs, perhaps because the rewards from a dog are simple and tangible whilst those from men who suffer 'the painful slavery of gratitude' are rather less rewarding.


Still, I can't help but feel what this young man needs is not the prurient regard of the more fortunate but perhaps not better Jeremy Kyle but the firmer attentions of Barbara Woodhouse.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

The only thing these low-lifes know how to do correctly and in good measure os to create new low-lifes.

No, not Kyle or Woodhouse. Bullet.

Coney Island

Manganese said...

I wouldn't spend too long on the question of whether you're better than thugs of his ilk. The answer is certainly 'yes'.

But luckier? Perhaps you are, for all the reasons you give. However, you, like most of us, have a conscience and morality that impose restrictions on the way you behave.

Thugs - the dregs of society - suffer no such baggage and are free to act callously and selfishly as the whim dictates. Selfish people suffer little angst in life...just brief and violent bouts of anger that frequently go unchecked and lead to suffering for many innocent law-abiding citizens.

Bring on Barbara Woodhouse!

Kinderling said...

Even dogs, at times, have to be put down.

JuliaM said...

Or neutered...

Thud said...

Discipline at all levels and at all times has been missing for a long time with the result being a generation of retarded individuals...it could be put right.

Anonymous said...

"We'll take in an abandoned dog from a life of maltreatment and deal with its snapping, its growling, its mistrust and misbehaviour with endless love and firm patience"

Very true

But the dogs that are irretrievably vicious - we shoot.

Blue Eyes said...

Thanks for the link!