|Rick Crews |
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Pictured above is Rick Crews. Rick Crews is a retired Naval officer in the UK. The reason why Rick is pictured here is because he is somewhat of a viral sensation right now. He sent an email to his kids about how "disappointed" he was in them for his perceived lack of success, among other things. One of his kids didn't take kindly to his rather harsh words so she sent them to The Telegraph, a UK news blog.
You can read the E-mail in full here.
First off, I would like to thank Rick Crews for making every single one of my points about why our older generation is irrelevant and why we have to take control of the world from them. This guy's incredulous narcissism and lack of personal responsibility are perfect examples of how our older generations not only view their children but the rest of the world. They are stuck in there old time, merit based, fantasy land that the job you have or the status you hold, determines who you are in society. WRONG! I'm going to destroy this guy and stick up for every millennial who has ever had this horse shit of a conversation with their parents.
"With last evening's crop of whinges and tidings of more rotten news for which you seem to treat your mother like a cess-pit, I feel it is time to come off my perch."
You start out your senile rambling by chastising your children for communicating with their mother, who probably was the only person they could ever confide in growing up, because you seem like the insensitive, no frills type who obviously doesn't do well with the communication thing. Who else are they going to tell their troubles to Rick? Who else can they lean on for support when times get rough? Well in your household, not even their own mother. The idea that they would seek guidance from their mother disturbs you so much, you've decided to come off your "perch" and send them a virtual tirade. Real father-like Rick. You're an admirable one...
"We are constantly regaled with chapter and verse of the happy, successful lives of the families of our friends and relatives and being asked of news of our own children and grandchildren. I wonder if you realise how we feel — we have nothing to say which reflects any credit on you or us."
Oh yes Rick! Nothing says paternal love and understanding than chastising your children for reaching out to you and then comparing them to other peoples children, who from your logic must have been raised better than yours. Maybe if you spent more time supporting them and being involved in their lives, you would know of the good things that they may have accomplished. Even if they don't become the greatest group of children known to man, they are your children and the fact that they've made it for their thirties and forties should be something of praise. I wonder how much you may or may not have praised them in their school years when they would have accomplishments every month or year? I wonder how much they've accomplished and they haven't even told you?
"Fulfilling careers based on your educations would have helped — but as yet none of you is what I would confidently term properly self-supporting. Which of you, with or without a spouse, can support your families, finance your home and provide a pension for your old age? Each of you is well able to earn a comfortable living and provide for your children, yet each of you has contrived to avoid even moderate achievement. Far from your children being able to rely on your provision, they are faced with needing to survive their introduction to life with you as parents."
Well, well, well. Now we are getting to the meat of this verbal vomit. Now we are finally starting to see what this guy's issue really is. He's mad because they aren't wealthy and they don't have the same financial security that he had at their age. He's mad because they got an education, that he most likely paid for, that they don't want to take up or haven't found a job in. He even goes as far as dragging his grandchildren into the mix.
I'm glad you fell for the red meat Rick. Because, if it wasn't for you, your generation and the way you've allowed big business and greedy politicians to frame the economic theories and polices of the present, maybe you children would be able to support themselves in whatever occupation they chose like in your day. Furthermore, they probably chose that course of study because you forced them to. I know scores of people who spent years in college doing what their parents wanted them to because that is what they thought was best and now they are miserable. So thanks for being yet another one of the parents who ruin their children's lives by living vicariously through them. They are not you! They are their own person. Instead of trying to make mini versions of yourself, maybe you should have been paying attention to what the politics and economic path your country was making so you could help guide your children in the paths that they wanted to make, not how you saw fit for them yourself.
"It makes us weak that so many of these events are copulation-driven, and then helplessly to see these lovely little people being so woefully let down by you, their parents."
People like sex Rick. I'm sure you did when you where younger too. The difference between your generation and our generation is that we are more open about it. But, instead of understanding that fact, you and your peers decided it was best to try and suppress it. Even to this day we are bombarded with older people griping and moaning about the lack of decency they are exposed to, like when they were kids they didn't do almost the exactly same thing. Because of this, most of us have been misinformed or not even educated about sex at all. Both of which leads to what you call "copulation-driven" choices that have effects in the lives of those people. I'm sure though, that your grand-children love their parents unconditionally no matter what financial or social status they may have disappointingly achieved.
That's the whole point of your garble that you don't seem understand Rick. Children love their parents no matter what because that is all they have and if you want to love them based off of their merits then you have failed as a father and you should be disappointed in yourself, not them. They are products of their environments and they seem to not have such a great environment. You may feel accomplished in your life because you were a Naval officer, or you lived in a time period where you were actually able to live off of your employment which allowed you to provide "sufficiently" for your family, but you haven't given them the only thing they actually need from you: love, support, understanding and guidance.
For this Rick Crews, you are a dead beat dad and should be ashamed of yourself for actually sending this to your children. I'm glad your daughter decided to make a public show of your ignorance. Maybe this can be a wake up call for you and the rest of the older generation of parents like you. You've all decided to be stuck in your ways while the world, society, and economy decided to change. Even now, with the advances in technology and communication, you shy away, complain and grumble on about how things were different. Its not 1965 any more guys. Gays aren't mentally challenged, women have power, minorities are people and hard work doesn't make you a living anymore (thanks to you!). If you aren't going to recognize this then we are going to have to put you in a proverbial nursing home, so we don't want to deal with you, your self-loathing disappointment with us and the fucked up world you left us with.