In Panoptica, poor old 10538 gets his medically-approved food supplies in a plain bag from a shop that’s just a counter with nothing at all on display. He eats with his fingers from the bag then puts the bag in a recycling bin. No plates, no table, no cutlery. I had no defined reason behind that part (the food part does have a bearing on the story but how he eats it had no real significance).
In this instance, for a change, I was ahead of reality for a brief time. Unfortunately I didn’t see it until the Daily Shrieking Harpie ran this story. Well, there is time to weave it in.
It is amazing that primary school children cannot use something as simple as a knife and fork. Even in my tatty youth days, with a coal-miner and a school secretary as parents, our house had loads of knives and forks. I am not certain, it was more than half a century ago, but I think we even had small cutlery for small hands to try it out. We definitely had little plates with the Beatles on them, I remember eating from them. Damn. They’d be worth a fortune now. You could play Beatle Bingo and cross them off as they die.
It wasn’t really parental insistence that made us use cutlery. It was more the natural childhood desire to do things we saw our parents do. Hence the still-current trend for toy power tools and kitchen appliances. They were never satisfactory, somehow. They didn’t burn or break things or turn all the white washing pink like the real ones in parental hands. Still, they were representations of future adulthood. The knife and fork part was an easy one to master and not having someone else cut up food for us was a big step on the road to independence.
Is it that these kids have not been taught to eat with a knife and fork? Or is it that their parents never bother so their kids never see that adult behaviour and learn to mimic it? If these affluent middle-class slobs all flob out in front of the TV with takeaway chicken wings and pizza then that is the behaviour their children will copy.
A teacher in the comments makes the valid observation that if schools take on the task of teaching children how to eat like a human, then parents will absolve themselves of that responsibility. Next, schools will be expected to toilet-train five-year-olds and there will be no end to it. Eventually the State will have full responsibility for the rearing and all aspects of life-training of infants and then you have Panoptica.
I don’t think it’s accidental. Children have been monetised. Single mothers get all sorts of benefits (they are not all scroungers but there are those who see a child as a career option). Those benefits will soon be withdrawn. This was the plan all along. Set them up, knock them down. It works for so many things now.
Then the State will move in with ‘Oh, you have accidentally developed a case of pregnatitis? Never mind, we’ll remove and take care of that horrible little growth. Here, have this bag of cash and try not to do it again too often.’
Social Services won’t have to be so brutal in their child-stealing in the future. They’ll just buy the sprogs.
This brings about the Marxist dream of the utter destruction of the family. Eventually it will be seen as a mental aberration to want to raise your own child, akin to growing your own dope.
As for the cutlery, well, the ‘affluent middle class’ are well known for their gullibility and general dimness. It is possible that Knife Terror has made them shield their sprogs from table implements just as it has stopped them buying pop-guns and cap-guns and spud-guns and cowboy outfits. The latter, of course, is now deemed racist.
I had a fantastic pop-gun. It was a double barrelled shotgun made of steel with two corks and two triggers. Later I had a particularly fearsome air rifle (long before the one I sold recently) and my father had no guns at all. We used to carry them in the street and nobody cared.
The only time I ever saw anyone flinch was when I carried a camera with a 500mm lens and a hand-trigger shoulder mount with cable release. Okay, it did look like a rocket launcher and the guy who flinched was certainly old enough to have seen both wars…
I still have that lens. It’s not one of the modern mirror-lenses, it is actually half a metre long. If I took it out with the trigger-mount now I’d probably be shot by a police sniper just in case.
I can believe that many parents, especialy the gullible middle classes, would take the whole knife-scare to heart and keep their children away from cutlery just as they keep them away from plastic toy guns. They would beat the crap out of each other at Christmas to get the ‘Action Man and Ken Civil Partnership Set’ so their kids grow up not knowing what ‘violence’ means.
They are unable to use knives. They cannot make fire, that basic start to humanity. They are terrified of both. Smoke will kill them instantly. They might as well live in trees and throw their shit at each other – and give it one more generation…
Coming up then, a ban on knives in the home. For the cheeldren. They might get hold of a properly sharp knife and who needs such a thing in these days of burgers and tinned chicken?
The drones are primed to support it.
That is why 10538 eats from the bag with his fingers. I had no idea. It must have been a subconscious prompt.
I spend a lot of time subconscious. The world looks much better that way.