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O Inglês Nosso de Cada Dia Roberto H. Ebelt
roberto@henrys.com.br

O Inglês Nosso de Cada Dia

Coluna publicada em 24/10/2011

How old are you?

I am 67. The person who wrote the text below is 76, and I must confess that I feel pretty much the same as he. Take a look at his text.

Previously attributed to Bill Cosby, the author is Robert A. Hall, a former Massachusetts state senator (Rep) and U.S. Marine Corp veteran, who is also the author of several books.

“I’m 76 and I’m Tired”

I’m 76. Except for brief period in the 50’s when I was doing my National Service, I’ve worked hard since I was 17. Except for some serious health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn’t call in sick in nearly 40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honour”;

I am tired of Muslims rioting over some slight offense;

I am tired of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers”;

Of Muslims burning schools for girls;Of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”;

Of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.
I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia, New Zealand, UK, America and Canada, while no one from these countries are allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country to teach love and tolerance.

I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

I’m really tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.

I’m also fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and early 20’s bedeck themselves in tattoos and face studs, thereby making themselves un-employable and claiming money from the Government.

Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 76 because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter and her children.

Thank God, I’m on the way out and not on the way in.

It is unbelievable how fast time goes by. Next Saturday we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the supplement in which this column is published. This is the 523rd article that I have shared with you. I hope I have helped you like the English language and, most of all I hope that I have helped you understand how easy it is for Brazilians to learn English, the international language of the 21st century.

Have an excellent week.

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