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Should I stop my late-life political incorrectness?


Q: Having recently retired from a long career in the public service, where I contained my emotions and tried to be politically correct, I now find my new life is full of swearing, saying what I think, and not giving a shit. Is this wrong?
K.R., Bowral, NSW

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A: Shakespeare once wrote, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” although he forgot to mention that it’s an amateur stage production, the performances are all wooden, the plot is mostly incoherent, and there’s an awkward sex scene at the start of the second act that should have been left out of the script entirely.

If Shakespeare is right and life is just a staged drama, then you’ve entered Act III of your three-act life (there may be a fourth act but it really depends on whether the audience got a decent toilet break at interval). But if this is your final act, then that’s exciting for you: you’re done with the clumsy expository Act I, with its undeveloped characterisations and mumbled teenage dialogue.

You survived the dull, plodding Act II, with that excruciatingly tedious subplot about public sector superannuation contributions that felt like it was never going to end. And now you’ve arrived at the thrilling climax: this is where the storyline resolves, the hero discovers their true self, and there may even be a big cinematic car chase, possibly for the last spot in the tiny car park behind Petbarn.



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