from “The Savage Garden” by Mark Mills

A younger man and an older woman are discussing another character: 

“You don’t approve of what she does?”

“It’s the job of old people to disapprove of everything young people do.”

“Oh, is that right?”

“If we don’t disapprove, then the young have nothing to fight against and the world wiill never change. It cannot move on.”

“I never thought of it that way.”

“I should hope not; you have better things to think about.”

—then later—

The young man and older woman are talking about a current music star:

her (expressing disapproval of music star) “And his films.”

“Which you’ve seen?”

“Of course not. You don’t understand. The old people are allowed to argue their case from a position of complete ignorance. In fact, it’s essential.”

Advertisements