I know every generation picks on the youth but things have really changed and not all of it is the rising generation’s fault. I don’t think we’ve had a worse set of folks coming of age since the Baby Boomers, who are some of the most selfish, immoral, and destructive Americans to have ever lived.
Young people generally are not considerate and do stupid things because they think they are invincible. They act before they think. The problem is we now have adults who continue this trend which is becoming dominant. Inspired by the young people who are drowning in narcissism due to social media, mainstream society is increasingly embracing their values. Indeed, the rise of extreme libertarianism is giving way to notions and policies that were unthinkable just one generation ago, maybe even only ten years ago. I am specifically talking about the legalization of marijuana and gay marriage.
To the extent that things are truly different now–we all used to say it but it simply was not true–one only needs to look at the computerization of our kids. We who are on the young side of middle age were not raised on the internet and all the blessings and curses it has created. It was supposed to connect us and it has isolated us. We all know the cliché of two people being out, possibly on a date, and instead of talking to each other, they stare into their phones. Our phones have become the center of our lives–our music, TV, conversation, socialization through Facebook and other social media sites, and access to the internet and everything that is available which consists of the good, the bad, and the ugly.
This alone makes the lives of the current generation radically different from the rest of us. They also are facing a country that is not what their parents or grandparents inherited. Somewhere along the line we stopped encouraging the young to be all they can and to achieve. We became a reality show culture where 15 minutes of fame has become more prized than finding the cure to cancer. Nancy Pelosi encourages the young to stay on their parents’ healthcare until age 26 and to follow their dreams to be artists, poets and the like.
How many poets do we need? How many contestants must we have on The Bachelor? Do the kids of today want to smoke pot so they can forget about the fact that we are quickly destroying their future? In a way I don’t blame them but eventually our society’s problems will be theirs to manage and we already saw what the stoned Baby Boomers did to our country.
Whether young people are to blame or not, they are doing things that are horrifying. There is the Duke University student who calls herself Belle Knox and pays for her tuition by making pornography, stripping and…releasing a line of sex toys (according to the New York Post, 3/19/14). We know women who have taken off their clothes instead of doing the hard work of taking a non-glamorous job to pay for school. After taking countless selfies and using a webcam since before they reach puberty, is it any wonder that young women like this would think it is “empowering”? She hides behind feminism in saying she likes “painful” sex and that it is arousing. She is 18. (New York Post)
Before she went to leftist Duke, where were her parents when she was learning to love painful sex that led to exhibitionism which may make her rich but which will destroy the little dignity she has left?
There are many more stories of our lost youth, including the sex-obsessed Miley Cyrus. She is famous but there are numerous young people who are lost even if they are not public perverts. It is a shame and we owe them so much more. We have abdicated our responsibility as a culture to our youth and they are suffering now whether they realize it or not. Mostly, they think they are liberated and cool and so much smarter. Looking something up on the internet is not the same as actually knowing something. Using a calculator or spellcheck doesn’t replace the need for a solid, moral education which teaches critical thinking skills.
Instead of this, we get kids learning about their classmates’ two daddies, or a whitewashed history of this country that de-emphasizes American achievement but focuses on other societies’ contributions to America whether real or imagined, or how to feel good about themselves even if they don’t try their best.
I feel for those with young children who don’t have much to look forward to unless we guide our youth as we used to do. The youth are the future–how they are telegraphs where the country is going. All the technology in the world won’t save this nation. A return to a sense of decency and old-fashioned values just might.