I have few complaints.
My home is warm and comfortable, I want for very little. My children are well fed, intelligent, and making their own way in life. I like to think I raised them well. I have taught them to contribute.
We are shy and retiring as a family, and not very sociable I’m afraid. Because I’m not very good at those things that pass as wit, the barbed conversations, the veiled innuendo, and I’m liable to bite back when attacked in such fashion, I tend to stay away. You probably don’t even know I exist, though we live less than a stone’s throw from one another. I am your neighbour.
I don’t want you to think I am lonely – far from it. Life has to be challenged, and I am always busy. In fact, I am far more concerned about you.
You seem to have prepared a particularly untenable hell for yourself: your constant bickering over your selfish wants and needs makes it well-nigh impossible for you to live with each other. You seem to be on an unceasing quest for more of everything, and blame everyone but yourselves when you fail to obtain it.
Your fire and brimstone pollutes the air, your rape of the land for food scarifies the soil, your children are allowed to run riot without any meaningful discipline. Of recent years I’ve watched you turn more and more to alcohol and drugs for solace, and I’ve seen the lines of despair etched deep into your flesh. You move with downcast eyes now, scarcely daring to look at one another for fear the deep anger you feel should erupt.
Each year your car gets a little better, your road a little worse. You spoil for richer and richer cuisine while the meaner creatures of the world suffer for your excess. Bound by rings of useless blubber, you waddle through your existence, persuading yourself you are happy. Perhaps you should consider that. Perhaps you should wonder if a world without you might be a better place.
The world has.
But there, the world need not be concerned. As soon as she has shrugged you off, my family are ready – we are clever and we are righteous, no matter how low we stand in your regard. And we are next. We shall inherit!