Are kids these days living up to a different potential than previous generations? Amelio thinks so.
If you’re my age you must have on occasion wondered what happened to the younger generation today compared to the generation we grew up in? I was watching some teenagers the other day and I really took note of how they dressed, the jeans that were down around their hips, the tattoos that were on their arms, necks, chest, legs and a few with “art” on their face. The music, at least that’s what they call the non articulate rhythms that would scare wild animals away, was loud and they were actually speaking a language I only knew a little of. I know, this is the new age and this is what they do to express themselves, just as we did things in the fifties and sixties to express ourselves.
Another thought came to me however, the realization of drugs and how they are playing a part in the lives of many of our young people today. So where did we go wrong or did we go wrong, or is this just a normal progression-regression we are going through?
When I was growing up my parents drugged me and thought nothing of it. I was drugged to church, drugged to family reunions and funerals, drugged to the library and forced by any means deemed appropriate to do my share of household chores. Work was not a debatable topic, it was mandatory and you did it. Period. The alternative would be unbearable.
Everyone had a job and we took pride in what we did. Our clothes where always presentable because Mom would not have you leaving the house otherwise. Someone with wrinkled or dirty clothes on was an reflection on Mom and she would never stand for that. We all sat down at the dinner table each evening to eat and talk, no TV or radio on. Mom and Dad asked you how things were going, what you were doing, they also wanted to know about the friends you were keeping. Our parents knew what we were doing.
Today it seems the family is no longer together to sit and enjoy a home cooked meal. It is too easy to simply drive thru and pick something up. Pot roast on sunday has turned into KFC buckets. I think that the problem is today’s parents treat children like equals, adults if you will. Many parents have forgotten that children like pets need strong, committed guidance and direction and when that lacks, they’ll adopt their own rules, based on TV, friends, environment.
It seems that young people today have not learned that they may need to work to earn money one day and that is much more difficult then having someone just give it to you. Many will have a rough time making it in the real world when one day they find themselves thrown in it. I don’t mean that all of our young people today lack work ethics and sense of responsibility, but many do. I for one like to think about my youth, the hard work I had to do and how it pleased me to make my parents proud of me. I hope future generations will retain some of the qualities we grew up with, for all of our sakes.