Kids Today Are Pussies

Posted: October 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

“Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.”  A lamentation of the underpaid teacher?  Perhaps the latest rant from Bill Maher?  Nope.  This quote is from Socrates, about 2,500 years ago.  So I understand that I will not be the first to criticize this latest generation as wanting for something more.  I, however, am not critical because our media fuel children are too beastly…quite the opposite…Kids today are pussies. Image

            That’s right, I said it.  The children of today just do no have what it takes to cut the mustard.  Papers graded in purple ink so as not to hurt their feelings, trophies given for participation, Smart Phones that assure they are never too far off the reservation…this all adds up to a generation that if the world ended tomorrow….Dire times my friends.

            Let me give you an example.  I believe I am of the last generation of children that got to truly enjoy Halloween.  We were not encumbered by chaperones, our parents didn’t drive us to nice neighborhoods to get the good candy, hell we were thrown out in traffic with masks that covered 90% of our peripheral vision and told to go get whatever we could.   And the idea of X-Raying our candy for needles was ridiculous. 

            Kids today, what with their Rock & Roll Music, their video games…..just kidding. I am not going off on that rant.  My point is that we as a society have become too removed from danger.  Too insulated from our own mortality.  We have allowed ourselves to forget that Death is constantly looming over our shoulder and can tap us at any time.

            This is why I am so excited about the new production from The Baron’s Men, Medieval Macabre.  The Elizabethans were a people that knew about death.  Plague, Pestilence, and war were obviously present, but so were more mundane reminders of death.  When was the last time you slaughtered your own dinner, or burned the plague-infested carcass of your own mother?  These were regular occurrences for these people.  Luckily for us, this macabre sense of mortality found its way into their art.

            Medieval Macabre is based on a simple premise…can art be terrifying?  Submitted for your consideration, The Baron’s Men have stitched together several of the more gruesome acts from Elizabethan theatre in an effort to prove that it can.  Performed in the authentic surroundings of The Curtain Theatre, a 1/3 replication of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, by the masters of authentic Shakespeare, The Baron’s Men, I am sure the stage will be set for a terrifyingly good time.

            Some of you have been to a Baron’s Men production and you know what to expect.  For those of you who have not been, here is a little of what to expect.  Show up early so you can wander the grounds.  The show starts at 8:00, but festivities begin at dusk.   Bring some snacks and beverages.  A pre-show picnic is nice and who doesn’t love some ale with their Shakespeare.  Bring your enthusiasm.  The Baron’s men love a rowdy crowd.  Boo, Hiss, Cheer your way into their hearts.  Bring $15 ($12 for students) CASH.  Pretty cheap for one of the best times in Austin.

            So come out and remind yourself what Death is.  For without the threat of death, what is life all about?

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