Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Those Durn Kids Today

Whenever a subject combines both religion and morals as well as politics, you often get to hear a piece from the religious fundamentalist. The fundie will go on and on about how society is in a downward spiral, how kids today are just lazy slackers and nobody wants to do an honest day's labor, and they're all so immoral, and what happened to the good ol' days and blah blah blah.

It's disappointing, to me, to hear this type of rhetoric. People I consider friends have expressed these types of thoughts to me, and personally, I find it insulting, ignorant, and a bit ironic as well.

I find it insulting because, as a 20-something year old, I'm a part of the generation that they're criticizing.

I find it ignorant and ironic because the elder generations have ALWAYS criticized the younger generation for a lack of morals, a lack of work ethic, and so on and so forth. One only needs to look at the history of rock and roll (and, as part of that history, blues, jazz, and country too) to find that the religious fundies of the 1930s and 1940s criticized the younger generation for listening to this music, and claiming that it caused them to lose all sense of decency. But when the teenagers and 20-somethings of the 1930s and 1940s grew up and took over the world, it didn't go to hell in a hand basket.

Does my generation face challenges? Yes, most certainly. But I don't think it's anything insurmountable. Give us a chance before you decide to heep criticizm upon us. And right now, the world is still largely in the older generations' hands.

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