The Lost World of Michael Bywater: Truth: The Route to Obscurity?
Bywater, Michael, The Independent on Sunday (London, England)
Right. Women: bugger off. Back home where you belong. Look after your family. Do not criticise your man. Run your household. Fair enough? We don't want to hear from you - not in public, anyway - except when you are born, when you are married off, when you die. Fair enough? Children for the State: that's your duty. They die in war, they die in war.
Men: the gym. First off, get your bodies in shape. Young men: respect your elders. They want to fiddle with you, they fiddle with you, is that clear? And no enjoying it, even if you enjoy it. Later it will be your turn, once your beard has come in, and you wouldn't want some smooth-cheeked youth enjoying it as you fiddled with him, would you? Of course not. Gym, youths, muscles. You'll need the muscles for war. Sending others to fight for you? Come off it. Duty of a citizen, and in any case, you don't die, how can you be a hero? Work on your pecs, your biceps: you'll need them for wielding, for rowing. Guns? We won't have guns. Swords. End of story. Ships? You want to get somewhere, you row.
Plenty of sleep, too. Early night, up at dawn. There'll be none of this night-life, people crashing into each other, falling off the edge, getting lost, groping around the place like - sorry? Electric light? There won't be any electric light, or cars. There'll be no aeroplanes or television, no microwaves or supermarkets or iPods or spectacles or wristwatches or antibiotics or condoms or telephones or loudspeakers. Particularly no loudspeakers, whatever they're installed in, televisions, radios, PA systems, earphones, whatever: none. And the influence of a man upon the crowd will be limited to the distance his voice can carry, or the size of his statue.
That is what it will be like. Oil? Nothing to do with oil. The oil is running out, certainly, and we have known it for decades, certainly, and have done nothing about finding an alternative, certainly; but that's nothing to do with it. What this is about is making a coherent society.
We have to do it. I knew it for sure last week when I read Rumsfeld and Blair and Bush and the rest of them, but particularly Rumsfeld. What an opportunity lost when he was asked about torture. Can you imagine what would have …
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