"Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers."
Anyone know who said this? It's pretty much what a lot of you were saying in that thread. About how kids today are materialistic, they don't listen or have respect for anyone, they don't pay attention in school or say please and thank you. Kids TODAY, but not when you were a kid, right?
This quote is from Socrates. Kids have always been disrespectful of authority. There's always been rape and murder, heck, it's in the first chapter of the Bible. We are better off now than we ever have been, but we also hear about everyone's business. You really want the difference between now and 100 years ago? Look at the media. They report EVERYTHING. You know why no one heard about what Kennedy did as president? The media didn't report on his personal life, because it had nothing to do with his job. But we know where the Obamas went on vacation, we've seen pictures of Monica's blue dress, how about Marc Weiner for god's sake. It's just because we know too much. A hundred years ago when some teenager murdered someone, you only heard about it in town. Now you hear about teenage murderers in other countries.
That's why we think the world (or even just the country) is going to hell in a handbasket- because for the first time ever, we are watching it go down!
Comments? Agree? Disagree?
Answer by dan4heather at 8:53 AM on Jun. 20, 2011
Answer by Cafemomoftwo217 at 8:54 AM on Jun. 20, 2011
Answer by ABeaverhausen at 8:58 AM on Jun. 20, 2011
Answer by Dahis at 9:06 AM on Jun. 20, 2011
Answer by UpSheRises at 9:07 AM on Jun. 20, 2011
Answer by UpSheRises at 9:09 AM on Jun. 20, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 9:12 AM on Jun. 20, 2011
I have no doubt that child rearing has been a debate topic for the ages and that being a parent himself, Socrates felt that the children of his time needed more disciple in certain areas. Here's what really stands out to me, though. I see the utter disrespect that many children have for their parents and any other adult in authority. I believe it is only getting worse because as a society we are no longer holding people responsible for their actions. Things that would not have been tolerated 20 years ago are dismissed away now - you can bet I would have NEVER spoken to my parents the way I see children bossing their parents around now. For years society has worried about the self esteem issues of kids and now we have created entire generations of "me" centered people. I'm not saying kids should rise when an adult enters the room, but there does need to be a limit and it needs to be enforced.
Answer by scout_mom at 9:18 AM on Jun. 20, 2011
Answer by Tracys2 at 9:23 AM on Jun. 20, 2011
Answer by attap5 at 9:53 AM on Jun. 20, 2011