“I’m 83 and Tired”

ImageI keep seeing this nescient “I’m 83 [or 76] and Tired” piece attributed to Bill Cosby.

Let’s get a few things cleared up:

1) As of today, Bill Cosby is 75, not 83, or 76.
2) Bill Cosby indeed did not write this drivel; it was published by former State Sen. Robert A. Hall (R-MA) on his blog in 2009, 27 years after he left public office.

For the record, I’m tired too; tired of this kind of misinformation, narrow-mindedness, religious zealotry, insensitivity, and obtuse attitude.

You know why?

Because they build walls of division between us.
They convince us that even though we pay into “the system” through taxes, Social Security, Medicare, et al, nobody has the right to feel entitled to certain protections and an equal shot at life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Because these things only serve to keep our world views and presuppositions in as small a box as possible.

And that’s just silly.

Rather than reposting this kind of nonsense, or complaining about how the world is going to hell in a handbasket, or throwing sweeping generalizations about people who think, act, or look different than you, might I suggest you get off Facebook and *do* something to make your community better?

Just a friendly suggestion. Rant over.

Oh also, here’s Bill Cosby’s response to the bogus message, from his blog back in 2009:

There’s an email floating around – entitled “I’m 76 and tired” – purportedly sent by me. I did not write the email, I did not send the email, I’m not 76, and I don’t subscribe to the ugly views expressed in the email. […] Whoever wrote this email is not thinking about our country, or what is important. If you get the email, it’s time to hit DELETE.

Best of luck. Be good to other humans.

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