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The Fairy Tale

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The Fairy Tale
Beth Yarnelle Edward

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Your mom tells you a story before you go to bed and you believe it. She tells you that you can be anything you want to be when you grow up. She says that you are a unique and valuable individual and that you are to never forget it. She says that you are very lucky and the world is your oyster. And she is right. You live in an exceptional time. You will travel greater distances in a single day than most people only a century ago traveled their entire lives. You will have food choices that English kings and Ottoman princes couldn’t have imagined. You will casually flood your system to the point of illness with sugar, once the currency of the world and the prize of empires. You will live longer than any generation before. Your wardrobe will contain cloth from what was once beyond the reaches of the greatest civilizations. Broken bones won’t render you a cripple. If you were born a girl you can become a boy. If you were born a boy you can become a girl. You can break tradition without death. You can upgrade your biology and change your organs. You can assume any identity you wish. Her words comfort you into a wonderful sleep. She is careful not to explain that this oyster isn’t for all the children of the world or that such good fortune is making the Earth sick.

That would ruin the story.

—Darren Fleet

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Anonymous

WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG

Life is timeless, days are long when you're young
You used to fall in love with everyone
Any guitar and any bass drum
Life is a drink and you get drunk when you're young
Life is new and there's things to be done
You can't wait to be grown up
Acceptance into the capital world
You pull on some weed and you pull on someone when you're young

But you find out life isn't like that
It's so hard to comprehend
Why you set up your dreams to have them smashed in the end

But you don't mind you've got time on your side
And they're never gonna make you stand in line
You're just waiting for the right time

You're fearless and brave - you can't be stopped when you're young
You swear you're never ever gonna work for someone
No corporations for the new age sons
Tears of rage run down your face
But still you say "it's fun"

And you find out life isn't like that
It's so hard to understand
The world is your oyster but your future's a clam

It's got you in its grip before you're born
It's done with the use of a dice and a board
They let you think you're king but you're really a pawn

You're fearless and brave - you can't be stopped when you're young
You used to fall in love with everyone
Any guitar and any bass drum

The Jam

Anonymous

wow, that is fatalistic. typical adbusters hyperbole. how bout you take my approach, tell the kid how lucky she is, how much oppotunity she has, and to appreciate it because not all kdis have it, and some have nothing, and she needs to learn to not waste, and to be careful with what she does and what she uses.

Industrialization and modernization bring a lot of benefits. Liek the ability to write a magazine, use the internet, and have stupid protests in your tents if you want to.

Calle Lasn used to be awesome. Now he is just leading zombies, almost all of whom are raging hypocrites from one perspective, or another.

Peace and love.

inotowok

Powerful and elegant way to describe the agonizing contradictions in which we (privileged americans, that is) are embedded.

Anonymous

Anyone who says that industrialization and modernization "have a lot of benefits" either does not live in this world or is paid by modern industrialists to say that.

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