Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Harnessing the Hope of Youth - a Job for Responsible Adults

Here's a quote that is usually attributed to either Socrates or Aristotle -

"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they allow disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children now are tyrants,not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when eleders enter the room. They contradict their parents,chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers."

I have no idea whether or not the attribution is authentic. But if it is, it's clear that society has had issues with young people for a long time.

What is also clear, is that we have issues with youth now. And they with us. A world in which they were taught that playing by the rules was the way to get ahead. That a college education was the pathway to a good job. That public service was a noble way to make change. All of this seems to be in contradiction to the lives they live now and the future that looms ahead of them.

Here's a very interesting take on youth, the problem, the challenges they represent. But I think it also has a word about how to harness the hope they represent.

And I think its time we keep in mind that harnessing that hope for a larger good is a job for responsible adults!


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