Skip to comments.The Confused and Misguided Youth
Posted on 08/12/2013 7:24:57 AM PDT by NCjim
Dr. Thomas Sowell, Economics professor, economist, writer, and sage, encapsulated brilliantly what ails our youth. The problem isnt that Johnny cant read. The problem isnt even that Johnny cant think. The problem is that Johnny doesnt know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.
And the culprits are the American public education, an ever growing lack of religious education, and the indifferent parenting that does not question what children learn or do not learn in school.
Young people in any generation tend to be naïve, idealistic, and gullible; it is easy to sell them anything because they confuse feelings with rational thought. They are told so often and so early in life that they are special that they form a distorted view of themselves.
Undeserved praise is layered at every opportunity, even when Johnny walks across the stage without tripping. We cant possibly hurt his self-esteem. Competition is evil, it is bourgeois, everybody knows we are equal, nobody is special in any way; we are all born with the same IQ, same abilities, mental capacity, intelligence, talent, no genetic irregularities whatsoever. Why even try to learn, compete, be the best that you can be and achieve excellence? Those are capitalist values.
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Something I have found with the under 25 group is a severe lack, or inability, to think critically, or logically. To really put the Self aside and root down to the core of an issue, or problem.
And then - and this is practically extinct - project what could happen next, after the decision has been made to correct the problem at hand. Stage 3 thinking.
The above is absolutely not taught in the schools and, too rarely, by parents.
Of course, maybe this is always said by older men of younger men for the past 3,000 years.
Young people have been taught and told that the evil, grubby “Capitalist” rules don’t apply to them. They don’t have to earn a living and support themselves. If they want to be a “community organizer” or “pubic advocate” or even if they just want to sit on their asses watching TV their entire lives, its OK and that society owes them a living. (As an aside, don’t damn young people for this — it was taught to them by 60s generation radical anti-Capitalists). But the problem is that America is not rich enough to support this. Everyone has to earn a living in a productive job — call it a fact, the law of nature or reality. And young people have not been taught that — shock and surprise — you may not end up working in your “dream job.” In fact, parts of your job may suck. But you do it anyway to earn a living and provide for your family. Somewhere in the past 40 years, those very valuable concepts were lost or looked down on as “Capitalist.” They are lessons we forget at our own peril.
He who is not a Socialist at 20 has no heart.
He who is still a Socialist at 40 has no head.
The Dem strategy appears to be to keep them living at home on Dad’s health insurance, attending grad school into their 30’s. Hence extending adolescence and, along with it, expanding the pool of Democrat voters.
While I agree, basically, the failure of critical thinking seems to extend far out to those in age groups much higher than the 25 year old. I constantly find people even into their 60's and beyond who have no understanding of events and how they affect the world around us either short term or long term. Its," Solve the problem in 30 minutes or less with time out for commercials" and they are OK. Worse yet, many of them see no problems and live in a fantasy world that would make Disney jealous.
I had to laugh about your typo saying “pubic advocate”.
You are spot on. I personally know some friends of the family, whose kids don’t want just any job. They want some dream job. They want to be creative and do only what they want to do. And they expect to earn $50,000 a year or more to do this ill defined job.
Unfortunately these young people thinking this way have no job skills and no training to do anything, so the jobs they will get will be minimum wage/hired help type jobs. But they think such jobs are beneath them. This contradiction will hurt them in life, no question about them.
Sorry, never went through the socialist phase. Of course, my mom claimed that I was born fifty years old.
Many are clueless...at any age. I blame liberal “thinking”.
Same with me. I've been a Wall Street Journal reading Capitalist since about 6th Grade. When I was growing up, George McGovern and Jimmy Carter were examples of "Socialism" and Ronald Reagan was the example of "Capitalism." Socialism never stood a chance.
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