There are times when I just want to scream! I know it makes me sound old but the kids these days! ARGH!
I am part of Generation X. No one had any idea what we were going to do. Some of it has been good and some bad, but at least we are trying. Then there is the Y Generation, questioning everything wanting to know why it can’t be better or different or even why its there to start with. I can understand that. Change comes from questioning things. I’m okay with that.
But the next group coming up AHHHHHHHH! They are the Do I Have To Generation!
They don’t want to work anymore than they have to. They don’t want the effort to outweigh the benefits. Come on people! If you don’t work for something you’ll never get anything.
I blame the “everyone is a winner” philosophy that started a few years ago. They didn’t want any of the kids to feel bad about not winning so they all got trophies. Well folks, I’m sorry, but someone has to win and someone has to lose. That is the nature of life itself. I’m not talking about sporting events alone. There are all sorts of things in the world that require competition: jobs, health, survival of species.
If there is no winning or losing then there is no DRIVE! If there is nothing to strive for then why get up in the morning? Oh wait, I forgot most of this generation DOESN’T! They expect it all to come to them! Technology is helping their cause making everything easier and more accessible from the couch. Yes, we all dream of being independently wealthy but that doesn’t mean its going to happen on its own. Sometimes you have to go out and beat the world into submission and drag home your success like spoils of war!
Craftsmanship, Art, pride in your work, and Creativity is in decline! Stand up! Do something! Don’t be the Do I Have To Generation! Please for the sake of our species, be the Generation that demands excellence and strives toward that beacon of success like your lives depend on it because it DOES!
Sounds like the logical progression of generation X, Y, and now Z (as in zzzzz…) is somewhat appropriate 😉 I work in a technology field right now and I will be the very first to admit that the advances over the past twenty years have served as a crutch for the human intellect. It becomes too easy to just Google something instead of tossing it around in your mind and coming up with your own innovative ideas and solutions. A very worthy message to be sharing with “kids” of all ages these days, young and not so young 😉
Absolutely! My husband complains about the younger kids coming to work in the wind industry too. They only do what they have to and let the older guys do the majority of the work. My husband says he would never have let an “old man” out work him when he was that age. I can out work the kids that are half my age too. It drives me nuts!
Well said Aders. Expressed yourself beautifully, and I agree 100%. A lot of kids nowadays are utterly spoiled and are mostly from affluent countries while kids in 3rd world countries don’t have the luxury of an education or even a decent meal and a bed to call their own. Other countries like Japan put great store in education and hard work and competition is the name of the game. Some of their children are absolute geniuses, musically, mathematically and scientifically. Its later in life that our youth will look back and wish they had tried a little harder and been a little more ambitious. Its true “youth is wasted on the young”