Geezing is the other of enjoying.
Supply: Unedited picture courtesy Barry Langdon-Lassagne licensed below a Inventive Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. (2013)
Although it comprises a half-million phrases and weighs greater than a 12-pack, I can’t discover the common infinitive “to geeze” anyplace in my Webster’s Third Worldwide. So right here I nominate geeze as a derivation of the deverbal noun “geezer.”
Now in Britain, a geezer is an abnormal fellow, a mate, one of many companionable crew who lights up a gasper on the pavement exterior the pub in the course of the interval within the match between Arsenal and Manchester United. In London, a geezer could be younger. No disrepute attaches to the British geezer, not so in the USA.
In America, the geezer is often each outdated and grumpy. (To be honest, although, it isn’t arduous to satisfy a youthful geezer. Consider the Debbie Downer in your social circle who searches for profundity by the use of gravity.)
To provide the flavour of geezing, let me level to an actual incident, some years in the past now, and earlier than I may legitimately lay declare to geezerhood. My spouse and I had been crossing the worldwide border, and I’d allowed the inspection sticker to lapse, not by a lot, however by sufficient to catch the consideration of the American official. He was under no circumstances proud of me.
To defend myself, I deployed an impersonation. Others might produce impressions of well-known celebrities, leaning closely on catchphrases and attribute turns. That’s why it’s simple to listen to a comic book Sean Connery, say, or an Arnold Schwarzenegger. My spouse will summon Marilyn Monroe’s breathy singing voice after I get uppity; “Glad Birthday, Mr. President!”
My schtick is a bit obscure: I do an impersonation of the actor who appeared in breakfast oatmeal commercials, Wilford Brimley, the one with the walrus moustache who specialised within the geezer. My Wilford Brimley match the circumstance, and a white beard helped with avenue cred.
“Why, that sticker you’re pointing to,” I stated, “now doesn’t it seem to be not a few months in the past that I up to date that danged factor? ‘Taint proper, I’ll inform you,” I advised him. “You certain you’re seeing the date straight younger fella?” He was certain. “Properly, then I’ll guess I’ll simply should take your phrase for it.” My spouse, in on the joke, chimed in at this level. “You might be danged proper you’ll, Grandpa!”
I detected the trace of a watch roll. And, because the gate lifted, the weary border man stated, “All proper, you two, welcome dwelling.”
I used to be enjoying at geezing, the character a bit out of it, barely vexed and cranky, impatient, and a bit preoccupied. You’ll be able to think about the cartoon geezer nonetheless complaining about final 12 months’s Tremendous Bowl halftime present, naked midriffs at a marriage, ritually itemizing bodily maladies–the “organ recital,” or complaining of microchips within the vaccine. (“Simply what is a microchip, anyhoo?”)
The comical geezer I used to be impersonating, nonetheless, drew from real-life grievances and id politics unfold perniciously by political commentators. And this isn’t humorous in any respect.
Dangerous Information Is Dangerous Information
It’s nearly too simple to level to the real-life demographics of an actual cable information community whose avid viewers, age 68 on common, are glued to the set for appreciably greater than an hour a day. They’re additionally much less educated than common, extra rural, lower than 1 % Black, much less prosperous, and inclined towards arduous anxious beliefs in a wide range of threatening conspiracies, together with one which led to riot and one other that insists that old-stock Individuals are being invaded, encircled, and changed by foreigners and racial minorities. That ruinous, racist, polarizing fringe meme gone mainstream not too long ago impressed a sickening bloodbath just a few blocks from my dwelling.
The primary approaches of this information community prey on insecurity after which compound it by pushing the emotional buttons of worry and resentment. The sinister facet of this? The information turns into a type of leisure, horrifying, sure, but additionally thrilling and compelling.
It Is Onerous to Look Away
I had the event to carefully observe the editorial selections of one other much less sensationalistic and extra respected community information outlet that left me, alas, with comparable impressions. And right here is the circumstance. An aged member of the family, a former encyclopedia editor who by behavior stuffed within the Sunday crossword puzzle in ink the best way one may make out a procuring record, suffered a disheartening left-brain stroke that scrambled her capacity to learn and made word-salad of her speech.
The incident left her receptive language untouched, nonetheless. And so, eager to remain linked with the world and experiencing the worry of lacking out in its most elemental kind, she consumed information eagerly within the ten-minute segments the channel supplied.
These segments moved in accordance with formulation, starting with some soothing story, a heartwarming story about adopted puppies, for instance, after which usually careening towards disaster. At her bedside, I observed how the experiences marched by a deteriorating litany—a financial institution heist, for example, a deadly automobile chase, a kidnapping, nuclear proliferation, the potential meteor strike, after which completed off, let’s say, with the warmth loss of life of the universe. However in any case, this got here, invariably, the promise of uplift and rescue, “after the industrial break, triplets!” It’s arduous to look away.
The contrived emotional curler coaster, menace adopted by aid adopted by extra menace, proved riveting. And unhealthy. The web search model of this preoccupation with dismal information alerts has acquired a becoming time period, “doom scrolling.” Doom scrolling leaves doom scrollers feeling thwarted, helpless, uncovered, victimized, and remoted.
Geezing is the Reverse of Enjoying
With these ideas above, I don’t imply to make mild of two considerations—the bodily and emotional challenges of growing old or the simply fear in regards to the varied pending trials which deserve our educated consideration if public coverage is to advance within the close to and long run. I’m not urging denial, ignorance, resignation, flippancy, or quietism.
Moderately, I’m searching for the antonym to preoccupation with doom-for-entertainment, in a phrase, geezing. Geezing is the other of play.
Whereas gamers keenly sit up for what’s subsequent, geezers discover dread. The place gamers courtroom shock, geezers discover shock. The place gamers anticipate pleasure, geezers accept misery. Geezing leaves geezers bewildered, weakened, weak, and unsettled.
I can’t declare any particular experience in steps to a satisfying retirement past private expertise. Apart from that, I favored retirement a lot that I retired twice! However I do know this.
Changing that unsettling 72 minutes every day earlier than the tv with energetic play—studying a very good novel, engaged on a puzzle, writing a buddy, attending a laughter yoga group, climbing companionably, biking with a mate, working towards your foolish celeb impression within the mirror or together with your buddies, and a thousand different worthy distractions, will go away you extra content material, fitter, higher linked, extra understanding, and extra poised.