In a word . . . Wisdom
Women and bikes are not what you expected anymore. (May be?)
A recent 1937 report elicited a plaintive response from your humble scribe: “The more things change. ”
The then pastor of Collooney Co Sligo ranted that his county had the highest number of singles in Ireland at the time. He blamed the women.
“All women were good for today, it was smoking and dancing and having fun,” he said, “… and staying away from home as much as possible.” (How things have changed!)
“The chore of cooking was not for them. They didn’t know how to knit, sew or mend a pair of socks or keep a clean house, ”he said. (So different now.)
“They wouldn’t know how to take care of a husband.” And “if the current situation persisted, there would be no more need for teachers and schools would have to be closed.”
It “seemed that weddings in the parish were going to cease altogether” and that “the time was fast approaching when there would be no baptisms in the Church.” (Very different now.)
Then there was the recent comment from Sanjay Thakrar, managing director of London-based Euro Exim Bank, that cyclists were “a disaster for the country’s economy”. They did not “buy a car, take out a car loan, or take out car insurance.”
The cyclist “does not buy fuel, does not pay for necessary maintenance and repairs, does not use paid parking and does not cause serious accidents”. And, cyclists “don’t get fat”. (God damn it where will this all end?)
“Healthy people are neither necessary nor useful for the economy. They don’t buy drugs. They don’t go to hospitals or doctors. Nothing is added to the country’s GDP [gross domestic product], “he said. (Take their heads off!)
However, “on the contrary, each new McDonald’s restaurant creates at least 30 jobs: 10 cardiologists, 10 dentists, 10 dieticians and nutritionists, and of course, people who work in the restaurant itself”.
And, before the smug walkers get carried away by a cloud of virtue, he said that you are “even worse.” Pedestrians don’t even buy bicycles.
So let’s be clear about this, healthy people and sociable women are bad for us.
Glad to clear that up.
Wisdom, from Old English wisdom, for “common sense, knowledge, experience”.
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