I’m really feeling the ‘Generation Gap’ since I turned 50. I have young people who work with me and I just don’t understand them when they talk. Our cultural references are so different. Even Stars Wars doesn’t bind us, which was at least something I could share with people born in the 1980s. But it seems that those 25 years old and under are lost to me and frankly, I’m not interested.
I used to like to have some young people in the mix at work for their fresh outlook on things and their nature ability with the ever increasing technological updates that my line of work entails. But kids are not smart anymore. They may know the difference between mobile phones, and can even program them, but that doesn't make them intelligent, or interesting, it make them employable.
As for young people like the brothers who blew up the finish line at the Boston Marathon, I feel little human connection or empathy. At first I was struck by a pang of sadness when I saw how young the one boy was, but that left me the more he ran and rampaged. And now as we find out more about where they came from and the religious, political and social backgrounds of their homeland and their life in America, I know I will grow less attached and not care what happens to him. Sad for him and sad for me.
There is a violence in the air that surrounds young men, not only boys from foreign countries, but here in America and that violence goes along with an increasing lack of intelligence or maybe its common sense, or a sense of common decency handed down and taught by the generation before them.
Something is not being passed down to this generation of young people that was always a given in human civilization. Young people today, and this includes Americans, will not have it better than their parents. They may have a better quality TV or more interesting phones, but they have no hope for a better world. That is something given to them by their parents and family and community. That is what is gone.
The education we are offering is bad; in schools, at home and in life. There is more information available to young people but there is no one editing it and explaining it and filtering it through a prism of social norms that will lift them up and allow them to becoming function adults and take over the reins of society themselves someday. They just strike out and blow shit up. Well that can’t last.