Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Degenerative contributors.

There’s likely been an argument made by every outgoing generation on the state of affairs of the incoming generation relating to how they do not match up in terms of attitude or aptitude. What’s missed in the blame game is the former’s responsibility for the latter’s conscious and unconscious incompetence. Take the following BIG 3 factors into consideration while evaluating the next gens abilities / disabilities.

  1. technology. By nature the majority of humans are lazy. How we were intended to thrive & survive has been reverse engineered to make that process ‘easier’. This has lent itself to having to do less ‘work’ to achieve the same & greater results and isn't the a fault of the incoming generation as much as it’s a result of current generations creating & implementing ideas without thinking through the long term ramifications. Naturally, if there’s an easier way that requires less effort, we’re going to implement it (and probably would have ‘back then’ as well), lets be honest.
  2. sociology. The methodology  around raising our offspring is largely commerce driven. We ‘must have’ a/b/c and if we want our future scholars / athletes / philosophers / artists etc to ‘gain the advantage’. They must enroll in d, own e, experience f, & pre register for g (as there are only so many spots). If we can’t see through the ‘business’ raising kids, we can find ourselves right in the thick of things which long term leads & feeds into the ‘must have / must do’ consumer mentality. It’s learned. Attempting to run a household counter to the ‘social norm’, is to risk the tyrant label.  
  3. equality. Back in the day, failure to address a peer, coach, or boss appropriately was met with a swift reassurance that it wasn’t ‘cool’. Now, in our never ending quest for equality we’ve flattened the hierarchies in the name of creating level playing fields. Literally, this makes no sense eg: you would not likely substitute a 10 year old football player into a Sunday NFL game because he had a baseline knowledge of the game or felt they deserved to play. There’s a process he /she would have to go through that would take years of commitment and that process should be the same in any social capacity if we intend on maintaining the integrity of the game of life.
This could go on, but the overall point is before we look to blame the next generation for their impact (or lack thereof) on the world, we need to take responsibility for our role in shaping their behavior.

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