...by a suppressed libido but it's also a timely reminder to the rest of us:
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he's a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he's to setting.
Robert Herrick (1591- 1674) - first two verses only.
More Herrick poetry
On the one hand we have youngsters who have no concept of the word 'virgin' and on the other we have people who remember what words like 'gentleman's agreement', integrity, honesty and law-abiding mean. There's an enormous gulf between government and the people now and between the people themselves. I'm not even going to stray into the realms of policing in this post.
State education has taught our children things we didn't want them to know and omitted the things they should know. It's a mess, and that's why no current politician or quango will ever be able to make it better. It's also why the older generation should group together and 'gather rosebuds' before it's too late and remind younger generations of what they have lost. It's time to remind the government that we won't put up with this loss of civil liberties any more. If it's left to the Old'Uns - well, it won't be the first time. It's just a different kind of fight this time round.
Most importantly, we should try to show the young what we had and what they're missing.
PS: For any younger readers:
VIRGIN, noun, a person, especially a woman, who has never had sexual intercourse. Adj 1 never having had sexual intercourse; chaste. 2 in its original state; never having been used.
ETYMOLOGY: 13c: from Latin virgo, maiden.