"I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words... When I was young, we were taught to be discreet andrespectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and impatient of restraint"
Hesiod, 8th century BC
I will give you THREE reasons why the composition of modern youth have doomed the future of the USA
(maybe Canada , maybe Europe).
There is an unholy trifecta in our youth that has never before been seen in human history:
a Thought experiment for those of you over forty;Close your eyes and think back to high school, who was the fat kid?
Can you picture him/her?
What was their name?
That’s right - you can recall the face, probably the name - why?
Because it used to be that obesity was RARE. Now, more than 1/6th of kids are obese. I am not talking 10- 15 lbs middle-age overweight. I am talking fat - so heavy that you look overweight in your high school year book photo. (That’s right, twenty years ago, Americans called excessive accumulation of adipose tissue , ‘fat.’)
We all understand, that obesity does NOT imply lack of moral or intellectual capacity but it is a severe detriment when dealing with health and occupational opportunities.
SECONDThey are illegitimate.
About 40% of US children are born without a father in the house. I understand divorce, we are not talking about unsuccessful marriages. About 40% of children are born without an extended family structure. Even in West Germany and Japan after world war II, 40% of children were not born out of wedlock. Illegitimacy is a big predictor of poverty, downward social mobility and dropping out of high school.
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THIRDThey are entitled…
It has been consistent throughout human history that the children of the wealthy and aristocracy felt that they were privileged - the world owes them a living. Now this defect of the spirit has spread to the middle and lower income quintiles.(we don’t really have classes in America, ‘class’ is an old world concept - Kim Kardashian is extremely wealthy, but would anyone honestly label her ‘upper class;’ meanwhile Charles Ramsey is poor, but would any respectable human being call him ‘lower class’).
Many modern youth narcissistically believe they are entitled to health, employment, housing and protection by virtue of having a pulse – they are required to accomplish nothing, yet the ‘government’ should provide for them forever.
Yes, I understand that there are MANY quality young people in this generation; however, the tough question remains:…
Can this minority of quality youth carry BOTHthe heavy load created by the failings of my generation
as well as the burden of their incompetent peers ?
(70% of young people don't qualify for military service)