Here's the scene..
You and a friend are hiking in bear country (yes, you're idiots)
A hungry bear pops out in front of you
You both do the wrong thing by running away, but bears are faster than people so you have no chance.
Would you trip up the person you're with so they get eaten, that giving you time to run away?
I was in the park earlier and there was a kid, about 12, trying to impress his mates by kicking down a Danger Deep Water sign. It's by a sort of swamp/marsh that's not fenced off so you could inadvertently wander into it. I asked him if he could read. He says yeah so I asked him how he would feel about getting injured, or someone he cares about getting killed because someone destroyed a warning sign. The reaction I got took me completely by surprise. When I was his age I was, of course, not above mischief, but when you were caught by a grown up you figured a telling off was better than a clip round the ear and you stopped whatever it was you were doing, at least until the grown ups had gone away. Not this character. He gets out his phone and takes a picture of me, says he's going to post it and tell everyone I'm a "pedo" and that I assaulted him and he's going to follow me home so he can tell people to come and brick my windows. A girl who may or may not have been his sister told him to stop being a jerk and he never said a word to her, just punched her in the face. I stood between them and said how about I follow you home and tell your parents what you've just done.
Which is exactly what I did. And his mother immediately started yelling, mind your own business, leave my son alone, I'm calling the police etc etc, as loud as possible with the obvious intention of making anyone in earshot believe I was doing him harm. Stupid cow. And how is it not my business? He's hurting someone and potentially putting other people in danger by destroying a warning sign. Anyway, I made a note of the address, went back to the park and told the ranger about the sign and gave him the kid's address.
If I had done something like that when I was a kid I would have shit myself at the prospect of someone telling my parents, and I wouldn't have spoken to a grown up like that for fear of getting a well-deserved slap in the mush. But you can't do that these days, and kids know it. You can't even look at a child without running the risk of ending up on a sex offender register and they exploit that to the max.
Kids that age, self included, have always been a pain the arse, but the game has changed because now there's nothing you can do about it and they know it.
9th August 2020 08:52 by Luna
by Christina Rossetti
What is pink? a rose is pink
By a fountain's brink.
What is red? a poppy's red
In its barley bed.
What is blue? the sky is blue
Where the clouds float thro'.
What is white? a swan is white
Sailing in the light.
What is yellow? pears are yellow,
Rich and ripe and mellow.
What is green? the grass is green,
With small flowers between.
What is violet? clouds are violet
In the summer twilight.
What is orange? Why, an orange,
Just an orange!
Another unfeasibly large bill looms.
Just as well I have a spare car. Always handy.