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The Age Of Karen

March 31st, 2024 No comments

From our history lessons in school, we learned (or used to learn) about the various epochs of mankind.  First there was the pre-historic age, wherein no one wrote anything down, so there really was no record, hence, pre-historic. From this period of unknown duration, man figured out how to make tools out of stone and thus animals could be hunted and hostile neighbors put at bay. This was of course, the Stone Age.  Once people starting posting graffiti on cave walls, the era of the caveman was underway.

Then, someone figured out how to harness the power of fire.  This enabled people to not only achieve better tasting food, but also created the ability to make weapons by using fire to melt metal.  Hence the Bronze Age came into being as people created armies with weapons and shields.  Now, societies could go about taking over other civilizations that were less advanced. Thus, civilizations spread through military technology.  As time went on, human ingenuity invented means by which life could be more productive and thus the age of iron and steam emerged which enabled heavy industry.  By now, things started to really take off for mankind.

As industrialization matured, more advances in technology occurred including the discovery and harnessing of electricity, the Electrical Age and all the way up to the very recent Computer Age and the related, Information Age.  All of these advances in human knowledge were created to make lives easier, less costly and more enjoyable for all.

Oddly, at this juncture, civilization seems to have paused, if not actually regressing, into the era that we’re in now; the Karen Age. In a throwback to a time when information and knowledge were the purview of the religious sect to be doled out in a manner beneficial to them, we appear to be regressing to this era once again.  Lives seem to be harder, more costly and less enjoyable.

This time, the self-appointed distributors of knowledge aren’t necessarily even educated….in anything.  The common denominator is that they profess their expertise and righteousness in pushing some narrative dear to their particular sensibilities. They cannot prevent themselves from sharing this worldview with others because of their own inflated sense of self-worth.  This wasn’t supposed to happen.  We were supposed to be in the Age of Aquarius: harmony and understanding, enlightenment etc. Instead, we’re in the age of Karen, the time of people telling us what to think and how to behave.

Someone like Al Gore may come to mind, but he’s not quite the profile of a Karen. Gore goes about his climate change nonsense honestly; that is, he’s in it for the money.  He doesn’t personally believe in the hoax that he pushes any more than he believes in walking to all of his conferences.

No, the Karens of this era are those fanatically pushing their worldview and will upon others because of their sense of entitlement and notions of social piety.  They are the exact opposite of the liberal notion of live and let live.  They have appointed themselves guardians of what is (in their minds) acceptable behavior. I read somewhere that these people believe that they’re the gatekeepers of one giant HOA.

Given that the majority of popular media is their soapbox, virtually any issue can be Karen-ed. It would be impossible to list all the ways that this oppressiveness has affected our daily lives since most people aren’t even aware of their effects.

From demonizing plastic straws, gasoline engines and gas stoves to red meats, paper cups, shopping bags and unethical coffee, people’s lifestyles are adversely affected by the zeal of the entitled set. It is the large scale life equivalent of ‘you can’t park here’.

We are convinced to accept that sexuality is a social construct in humans, not a natural one as occurs in 99.99% of nature’s creatures.  We are told that accepting a certain level of crime in our lives is all part of living in a civilized society.  In fact, it’s not even permissible to defend ourselves against crime.  Classic books are banned regardless of their literary merits because some offensive words or situations depicted, by today’s standards, are offensive.

And who exactly defines what’s offensive? Well, the Karens of course, because only they possess the moral compass by which we must all comply.  We could all easily ignore the bleats of the Karens in our daily lives if not for the fact that they’ve come to be fully represented in our governments.  Now it’s not just a matter of choice, it’s a matter of state edict as to your compliance with their worldview.  Cleverly, all edicts are framed as in the “best interests of the public’.

Ironically, when confronted with the nonsense of their edicts, they cling to their insistence that they are doing good for their subjects.  The very recent, and in fact ongoing vaccination and restriction edicts were prime examples of this mindset.  Governments are supposed to manage the moving parts of a nation, not determine what foods to eat or what cars to drive. They would be offended if their actions were compared to those of the totalitarian states they profess to abhor…even as the parallels are unmistakable.

It might do good to remember that the oft despised Nazi regime used this phrase as justification for many of their actions; “Fur Ihre Sicherheit”, which translates into, “It’s for your safety”.  Given that today’s compliant populations have boundless tolerance for inconvenience, I suspect that the Karen Age will last quite a bit longer until the willingness of people to go along to get along runs out.  History shows that when this happens, the culture changes severely.

Criminals And Rude People

March 15th, 2024 2 comments


Deserved or not, populations of different countries have reputations that are generally accepted as being true. Scots are dour, the French are snooty, Americans are simple and the Germans are orderly.  Canadians have historically been renowned for an admirable trait; they’re known as being tolerant and nice.

With immigration and travel, populations lose some of their traditional characteristics and stereotypes are harder to maintain.

As existing native populations are proportionally reduced and as old traditions and values get watered down, a certain homogeneity appears across all nations.

One such universal aspect of a watered down culture is crime.  No one can claim that any society is without its share of criminal activity of course, but no one can deny the growing level of crime in all western nations.  Were this not the case, budgets for policing would be falling, whereas just the opposite is true. According to, in American cities, 65 of the 300 largest cities in America spend 40 percent of their general budgets on policing.  I won’t go into discussion of how to parse the statistics, that’s fodder for party conversations.

What is interesting is the uniquely Canadian solution to some criminal activity recently proposed by the Toronto police department.  In response to the relentless crime wave of stolen cars, many of which were stolen by taking the keys right from people’s homes, the brave constabulary have proposed placing car keys right at the front door of the house to make it easier for the thieves. He may have also advised placing some cookies at the door, but we don’t know.  Clearly, this preserves the reputation of niceness on the part of Canadians.

To be fair, the police may have borrowed the idea from the strategy used in New York city in the eighties when cars were left unlocked with a sign on the window stating “no radio”. The idea is the same: crime is going to happen anyway; why make it difficult? While some may think there’s an elegant logic to this way of thinking, it leads us down a road to an undeniable conclusion:  Why have any police at all?  As a matter of fact, if you keep pulling on that thread of logic, why have any justice apparatus including judges and especially lawyers?  If you’re in the locksmith business, you may want to learn to code.

As we have seen in major urban cities, theft, often brazen daylight theft by gangs of ‘youts’ are commonplace, especially in the US.  Employees are instructed not to impede the thieves and thus they ransack retail stores with fearless abandon. Any day can be black Friday at the Nike store or the nearest Best Buy or CVS. Actually, it’s better than Black Friday, because you don’t even have to be inconvenienced by paying.

Responses to this have varied from enclosing display cases with plastic or mesh to just closing down retail stores altogether. Flagship stores of big retail chains have completely closed down in cities such as New York, San Francisco and Chicago.

As in Canada, the logic behind the acceptance of a bit of petty crime here and there is so that the citizens can be ‘safe’.  The mayor of Britain’s London, Sadiq Khan, has stated that violent crime is just something to accept when living in a big city; but without explaining Tokyo or Shanghai.  We hear this word invoked a lot these days as a pretext of not doing anything or to follow policies so inane as to be idiotic.  As we’ve seen from the very recent Covid debacle, being safe meant policies that were enacted even if they harmed or even killed you.

The idea of a safe society has been severely perverted from its original intent. It’s not supposed to be safe for those who make others unsafe. This is almost the entire point of paying for a police force and a justice apparatus.  However, if nations such as Canada determine that they don’t want their citizens to inconvenience criminal behaviour, they should at least change the semantics.  Let’s just call them faux pas.  If by chance, these perps are caught in the act, the ‘police’ can take them aside, wag a finger and tsk tsk them.  Perhaps some will require a scolding.  In the most extreme cases, a strongly worded letter would be sent to their address.

This can free up a lot of manpower and resources for other more serious breaches of society’s rules;  such as posting rude comments on-line.