There is a Japanese word, hikkikomori, which refers to a generation of neo-hermits. They are the people who’ve withdrawn from most, if not all, public contact and generally content themselves with staying at home. Most, if not all, their contact with others takes place online.
I can’t help but feel sympathy for this position. Over the years, I’ve gone to be increasingly misanthropic. I avoid the classic Western argument concerning human nature. That is, is man in his natural state inherently good or inherently evil. Thus spake Zoroaster, etc. Rather, I accept the argument of my favourite philosopher, Xunzi, that man is inherently selfish. It is only through proper teaching that man becomes humane.
Today, as I do every month, I helped at a lunch for elderly people in the community. They come for a simple, freshly-cooked, healthy meal. It only costs £4. This includes a glass of juice or sherry, a hot meal, a dessert and a cup of tea or coffee afterwards. Unusually, two weddings were held today. That meant that the car park, always a bit on the small side, was utterly packed. One can live with that.
What becomes less tolerable is when people show no respect or consideration to others. One of the most prominent members is a very fit, sharp 90-year-old woman who can still drive and run circles around people a third her age. Some wanker parked his Alfa-Romeo in front of her car so she couldn’t get out. We had to move some signs for her to be able to drive into the cemetery and turn around there in order to be able to get out. I humbly offered to key “twat” on his bonnet, but everyone was utterly horrified and they squashed that idea.
It is that arrogance, that sense of entitlement that bothers me more than anything else. This middle-class attitude that the world revolves around them, that the world must bend to their whims. The same woman had a bit of a moment with a woman who married a few weeks ago. She turned up well late but demanded that she play the entire score for her again. She refused to, rightfully so. The bride wanted a refund which was refused.