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There was something that just passed by on Faceplant that I *so* want to troll...

one of those inspirational poems, with bonus story.

Now updated for Facebook.

I first had to sit through the same inspirational poem when I was studying social work in the early 90's, it was read to us as part of a lecture on aged care. It had a slightly different backstory then: it was a poem found in the draw of a deceased old lady in a Scottish nursing home. Now been updated to an old man in a nursing home in Australia, with bonus bullshit about the poem being distributed nationally as if it were some great discovery that's changing the face of aged care in Australia. Oh, and it's being used to lure people to the OPs website and free download for something-or-other.


If you've got a feeling or belief you want to express, a story you want to tell, use your words, people. YOUR words. Or *your* fucking photos. Don't just click share because something someone else shared looked vaguely nice and has some appealing sentiment. It's stupid, pointless emotional manipulation. I have ceased to care about old people alone, puppies with their paws cut off, and whatever shmaltzy, pointless attempt at tear jerking I will see next time I log in. I really fucking have.

If it really fucking matters to you that old people are mistreated, write about it. Go do some research, go get involved. Go find out and report back. Otherwise, fuck off.


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Jul. 20th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
Sounds right. Now a crabby old man.

A repeated line is 'you don't see me' and a whole lot of life memories.
Jul. 20th, 2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
Yup, that's the one I thought of reading your post. You are familiar with the term `glurge', yes? Describes this sort of thing perfectly.

(Just flicked over to SBS about half an hour ago, caught their last lot of TdF adverts with the ERECTION! one. I cackled. And then an SBS one about people's stories that started off with images of sperm. :-D)
Jul. 20th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
And one of the problems with the future is that this stuff goes around and around and around... Apparently there are REELY URGENT IMPORTANT warnings about missing children that have been going around so long that the children came back from their friend's house the next day, grew up, went to Uni, and are now sitting at a desk somewhere.

Now I want to go and abuse an old person. (Maybe I'll call myself a rude name!)
Jul. 21st, 2012 07:03 am (UTC)
I love this post. And omg I am not going to be fucking inspired by any of the fucking 'inspirational' shit on fb and the other stuff is annoying too.
Jul. 21st, 2012 07:56 am (UTC)
Faceplant! I'm borrowing that.
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