Tyler Durden, Fight Club: “We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.” (as written by Chuck Palahniuk / Jim Uhls)
Prince Charles, March 2002: “It is a consequence of a child-centred education system which tells people they can become pop stars, high court judges or brilliant TV presenters or infinitely more competent heads of state without ever putting in the necessary work or having the natural ability. It is a result of social utopianism which believes humanity can be genetically engineered to contradict the lessons of history.”
Call me stupid and inane (or even old-fashioned), but I’m not quite sure why Prince Charles’ comments have kicked off such a fuss.
He’s hardly the first person to have pointed out that not all of us can become what we aspire to be, despite the best protestations of the media/school, in whose interest it is to keep people dreaming and hopeful of a better future. In any major city (London, Los Angeles, New York) you’ll meet people who went there in search of a better dream, a better life, and for whatever reason (be it lack of friends, opportunities, networking or the wrong accent) no-one has deigned to give them a hand-up to what they want to do. A better schooling system or giving kids hope isn’t going to change the fact that not all of us get to do what we want to do. Hell, probably none of us.
My application to join the British National Party is probably in the post.