A pissing competiton

A story about the current state of Ireland:

Part of the problem with Ireland is that all those who made up the golden circle believed each others’ hype (for hype read lies)

When I was a little boy we learned all about right and wrong. We learned about Holy God, Hell and all that jazz. We learned to do sums and to spell correctly (and then we got spell checkers – all that memory wasted on spelling!)

And then, on the walk home from school (those were the days when you could walk home from school), after wondering who would win in a fight between the Man from Atlantis and the Six Million Dollar Man we would have a pissing competition. This involved two or three of you lining up parallel to each other and seeing who could walk the furthest while maintaining what your urologist (I don’t have one, by the way) would call a ‘steady stream’.

This childhood pissing competition is an analogy for how we got to this position as a country. Like a bunch of kids strolling through suburbia with their warriors hanging out while pissing on the footpath, we were blind to the  ridiculousness of our situation. Growing a property bubble through the banks, the politicians and the developers wondering who could piss the furthest.

The ‘We’ in this analogy isn’t me or you or the pensioner or the 4 year old kid or anyone of us but at the same time it is all of us. It’s like being at a party where even though you’re sober somebody else has got the keys tot he resident’s bar and is drinking it dry.

The running is still ticking over. 8 miles seems like a long distance now. Just to imagine that 4 weeks ago 26 miles was a doddle. Still, I am trying to get the family back into the house extension before Christmas so I’d be gelded if I suggested long runs around now.

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