Continuing to live as the years pass has provided some interesting observations, and the latest to come my way is that sincerity is for the young, which is a broad group of people that includes everyone with a job and anyone of any age who is in a position of authority. Old people who are no longer gainfully employed fall outside of the sincerity loop.
The reason for this is obvious. Once a person is no longer considered to be someone to reckon with, there’s no longer any incentive in the minds of those still in The Group to concern themselves with honesty. When it’s someone who appears able to retaliate, others refrain from pushing the boundaries much, but when it’s some old person who is no longer perceived to be capable of being any sort of threat, then the lies roll off people’s tongues with the greatest glib ease.
Add to that, that old people are perceived to be generally stupid and gullible. The possibility that some old type may be quicker and sharper than the person trying to take advantage of him or her, never enters the young liar’s head.
I went to a local marina to rent a boat slip and was presented with a contract that required me to sign a waiver which released the marina from all liability, even including negligence on their part, for any harm to my boat or me that might be caused by them. When I pointed out this clause and that it essentially gave them my boat to do anything with that they wanted, steal it, sell it for parts, sink it, and that I’d have no recourse against them, they stood there with big smiles on their faces and gave me verbal assurances that none of that would ever happen. But when I told them to put it in writing, they refused.
Over and over, more and more, people lie to me almost carelessly now, though their lies are just as obvious as lies always have been to me. It always seems to shock them when I point out their bullshit to them.
Anyway, looks like I don’t get a slip at the marina for my boat, because I refuse to put myself in the position of possibly becoming a victim because the marina doesn’t want to pay for insurance to cover their public liability. I’ve since found out that all marinas are doing this now, because they can legally get away with it and most people never bother to read the contracts that they sign.
The guy who sold me the boat lied to me about a number of things, but I bought it pretty cheaply, and have already fixed the problems, so I came out alright on the deal. The only part of it that bothered me was that his son, about 18 or 19 years old, lied to me as much as his father did. What a poor way to teach your child.
But I’m digressing here. The thing is, once a person reaches an age where they’re seen as being too old to be of any importance, they stop getting much, if any, respect. Respect for our elders was drilled into us as children when I was young, but that was a different time. These days it’s more like living among a pack of wolves, and you’d better keep your teeth and claws sharp if you want to stay on your feet.