Musings on Woke Culture
or the story of the Greatest Punk of all Time (GPOAT)
I felt I was “woke” once, then I came to my senses.
When I was young - realizing there was a bigger and bigger world out there - I regarded myself as, "waking up to it" it was nothing new, but it was new to me! As time went on, I realized the world was always trying to sell me something but it was up to me as to whether or not I was going to buy it. Some of these things I had woken up to turned out to just be fads, while some of them stuck around for awhile.
I remember when POG hit the street. I was in grade 6 and it was all the rage, we had all woken up from the old marble culture and figured POG was something that was going to replace everything. It was darn near turning into its own currency when all of a sudden it disappeared, pretty much overnight… and marbles were back. I'm glad I didn't have to make any irreversible body augmentations for my POG game. A slammer jammer hand implant might have seemed cool then, but it surely would have inhibited my welding career later. While POG was in it’s heyday, some things didn't seem like a very big deal to me - like the Clinton Administration. Turns out Monica Lewinsky and the impeachment proceedings were the least of the issues now that we know more about what Hillary Clinton was up to at the time.
Now that I'm out of public school and on with my life, I took some time to get some counsel from the youth who ARE in public school. I asked them about what's going on in there today. I was shocked at how none of it was at all familiar to me.
The LGBTQ+ community has adopted a social class referring to themselves as furries, said one senior student at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School. The student explained to me what is happening at school and it sounds like the social hierarchy - which is still actively fostered in the public school system- has placed furries at the bottom of the pyramid. I knew I had to learn more about this social phenomenon.
My discoveries lead me to a man, a charachter who in 2022, managed to pull off The Greatest Punk of all time upon all of North America.
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