08/09/2021 Younger Generations   Leave a comment

I remember as a child being told by my parents that the younger generations we’re screwed up, uncaring, and unthinking. We couldn’t do anything right and we had a real I don’t give a shit attitude. I took great offense to that at the time and it motivated me to rebel at every opportunity just to make a point.

Jump ahead 35 years and I actually heard myself saying damn near the same kinds of things during one of my angry moments in dealing with my son. Not soon after that conversation I was having a coffee in a local shop and quietly thinking when I just started chuckling to myself. The more I thought about the conversation I’d had with my son, the funnier it became. It’s not often I’m able to recognize an epiphany when I have one or trip over one.

I read quite a lot and the diversity of my subject matter is what makes it so much fun. The following quotations were found in a recent book I read and as soon as I saw them I began chuckling again. Even five thousand years ago the adults were saying the same damn things about their younger generations and that keeps me a little more optimistic about ours. Also having a close relationship with a few of them keeps me on my toes and aware of their thoughts, ideas, and approaches in dealing with us grown-ups (formerly members of the younger generation).

Broad brushing a group of individuals is foolish and should be avoided at all costs. I know that’s hard for readers to believe because I’m consistently trashing the younger Generations when they give me a reason. Just let it be known that it’s all in good fun and tongue-in-cheek for the most part. So here are the quotes.

A tablet from ancient Assyria, about 2800 BC, has been found that states: “Our Earth is degenerate in these latter days. There are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end. Bribery and Corruption are common.”

More than 2,000 years later, Socrates complained, ” Children are the now tyrants . . . They no longer rise when the elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize over their teachers.”

And Plato wrote of his students: “What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders and disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying, What is to become of them?”

If reading these quotes doesn’t make you chuckle just a little then you’ve got a problem (or your just raising teenagers). It gives me a great deal of comfort to think the grown-ups then we’re complaining and bitching just like we do now. It just too damn funny.

Posted August 9, 2021 by Every Useless Thing in Just Saying Again

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