Kids these days..

There have been a few things weighing on my mind recently.  It seems that kids these days are getting lazier and lazier.  Perhaps lazy isn’t the correct word for it;  Perhaps a better word woud be disconnected.  Gone are the days when kids would just go outside and play.  Passed is the time where people would just call another person to have a conversation with them.

It seems like the younger generation would rather stay inside and play video games than go outside and get some exercise or enjoy nature.  Is camping a thing of the past?  Does anyone actually fish anymore, or does everyone just play Bass Pro 2012?  I certainly enjoy a good video game every now and then, I’ve even been known to play them on a daily basis, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy getting outside and enjoying some fresh air.  Unplugging every so often can be a great thing.

People texting all the time is another one of my pet peeves.  Don’t get me wrong, I see the value in a quick text saying “I’ll be home late for dinner” or “Want to hang out later tonight”, but I personally feel that if the current trend continues (of people standing around in a circle with their heads down, texting each other instead of interacting face to face), we’ll all one day end up living in a Wall-e-esque society where nobody actually knows how to communicate face to face anymore.

The last thing I’ve got to rant about is the complete lack of discipline and work ethic I see in kids these days.  While I’m not a parent, and therefor I have no real right to talk on the matter, I feel that the above issues are caused by a general lack of discipline.  Perhaps it’s because today’s new parents grew up in a time where it was alright to hit your kids (to an extent), and they are now saying something to the effect of “well I won’t do that to MY kids”.  I don’t feel like there’s a right or a wrong way to raise kids, but it’s important for children to fear and respect their elders.  Without respect, the whole system breaks down.  Kids disobey their parents, and then feel like they’re entitled to everything.  They get lazy, and don’t truly learn to work.  Then we end up with a thousand groups of lazy idiots, picketing and claiming to be the 99% and feeling like they deserve things like ‘school loan forgiveness’ and ‘higher pay for their entry level positions’.  Ridiculous.

Oh well, what I’ve got to say doesn’t really mean or count for anything, but sometimes you’ve just got to rant.

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