I am always talking about my friends. Such is the price of being my friend. Along with the scintillating conversation, good beer, and excellent food at my place comes the possibility of your ideas being discussed (and usually dismissed with prejudice) on a public forum.
Gaius (from here on in, they always will be given Roman names to make them sound noble), is of the opinion that the "kids nowadays are worthless". He piles on every bad trait possible to a human and, most damning, he accuses them of being too fond of their cell phones and video games.
Seeing such calumny makes me rise to the chillun's defense.
My feeling is that these kids (let us consider the age group 10-30 as the group) are in fact different than we were. In truth, most of the bitching that you you hear from the older generations is usually begun with the phrase "when we were kids". So what you have is a bunch of oldsters sitting around, sucking their gums, and reminiscing about the good old days.
And you know what? They were pretty good days. But the reason that they were good is that we were burning through our descendants share of the world's resources just a quick as we could lay our hands on them. So now the kids that we are raising are looking into the future and seeing nothing but a train wreck ahead of them. They have a whining, narcissistic, and greedy set of parents and grandparents (the boomers) that will be sitting in their retirement homes and demanding all that the country produces be given to them for their golden years.
They will be inheriting a world with fewer natural resources and lots of other people in the world having the gall to think that they should have a share of the pie. They will be inheriting a country where the jobs have been outsourced to God knows where. They are already saddled with a truly mind-numbing debt and a government that is attempting to grab more and more power with less and less accountability.
All of these things have happened on our watch.
These kids have got to clean up our mess.
So give them a break. Think about it, we fucked up just about everything, why in God's name would they want to be like us?