The Younger Generation
Posted by Sam on May 2, 2013
This study makes the claim that kids today are more materialistic and less likely to work hard than those kids of the past. Now, I’d like to post a quote by the famous Socrates and it goes as follows;
“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”
It seems as though this fallacy has been around since the dawn of human beings. Every generation claims that the following generation does’t work as hard and that they’re all spoiled brats. I don’t know why this happens but I can absolutely see baby boomers saying it about us and I can absolutely see their parents saying it about them. The ideas of hard work, work ethic, and earning instead of being given haunt us younger generations because every older generation apparently has been given a little less than each generation that has come after them.
The funny thing is that I can imagine when I grow up and have a kid, even if he/she lived in EXACTLY the same world I’m living in today, I would absolutely say my child and all the others his/her age have been given so much.
I would guess that it has to do with what point in your life that you are. When you’re in your teens and 20’s you’re more or less in the prime of your life in terms of having ‘fun’. If you’re telling me that the baby boomers didn’t get just as fucked up in college as ‘we’ do then you’re just delusional. Sure, maybe our parents grounded us instead of smacked the shit out of us but gimme’ a break. That’s not causing this extreme laziness and materialism that’s being claimed.
As people we naturally want what is there. If ipods and high speed internet existed in the 60’s everyone would have been using them in the same way that we are now. We can’t be faulted because we have access to more material goods that provide extreme convenience in many aspects of life. You’d be a fool to turn them down.
It goes the same way with the previous generation and their parents. “Not everyone had those fancy cars, we’d walk miles just to get to work and back”. Well yeah, because you couldn’t afford a car the same way that not everyone today can afford a private jet. I can see me lecturing my 16 year old son already; “Back in my day we had to drive 45 minutes each way to work, we didn’t have those fancy jets to get us everywhere in the blink of an eye”. The world evolves and the people who evolve with it are the ones that are going to succeed.
When you’re in your 50’s and you see these young kids being ‘obnoxious’ and playing video games or whatever you’ll be pissed off because you’re jealous. I know I will be. You once had what they had but you’re a grown ass man now with responsibilities and the idea of going out, drinking a lot, chasing girls, and dickin’ around with your friends just isn’t going to happen for most anymore.
I’m sure an older person reading this post would want to slap me upside the head and maybe when I read this in 30 years I’ll feel the same way but this accusation against younger generations has existed forever. If you think your kids are lazy do something about it or let reality set in when they can’t find a job. But that doesn’t happen for the most part because unemployment over the last hundred years has been pretty consistently up and down. Somehow these lazy younger generations keep managing to find work. Baffling isn’t it?
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