Friday, December 22, 2006

On the ‘teenage wasteland’
The ‘O tempora!’ culture-wars brigade have a point — over the past decade I’ve seen the deterioration of manners among 20- and 30-somes (and watched that corrupt some older people who were taught better) — but Bryony Gordon notes:
If youths are behaving any worse than before — and, according to the penal reform charity Nacro, Britain’s youth crime rates have dropped 27 per cent in the past 10 years — then it is grown-ups who are to blame for having the audacity to demand respect from teens while at the same time disrespecting them. That might make me want to commit an act of violence on the nearest person in authority, too. And has anybody ever questioned that kids might be carrying knives because they are scared of each other, thanks namely to the preposterous way in which they are presented in the media?

When we are young, we are conditioned to be afraid of a non-existent bogeyman. As adults, we are now being taught to fear bogeychildren.

And the problem with that is that, the more we make monsters of them, the more likely they are actually to become those monsters.
And one can argue that toys like the Bratz are helping do just that — make monsters.

Manners BTW are nothing to do with putting on airs but are simply a practical application of charity as Charles Anderson describes:
Speaking from my experience, since I was a young boy, my father and mother taught me that while I did not have to be best friends with everybody I did, nevertheless, have to accept others and try to get along with them.
I wonder if teens and those who recently were teens are taught that any more or if all the PC (Christianity without Christ) pushing of ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ is simply backfiring and making them rebel (as youth are wont to do). Rather like kids naturally react against being forced together in schools by forming cliques (a kind of exaggerated imitation of their elders’ class system, their way of learning it).

From LRC.

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