Originally written in 2012, updated 2016.
I was driving past a group of school students today and it occurred to me how screwed up our society is. Our generation (X) is to blame..why? Lets think about this. 18 years ago i graduated high school. Our generation started the baggy pants hangin off our ass look. We had the “gangster” movies, such as Menace to Society, Boyz in the Hood, Colors, Reservoir Dogs, south central…etc. NWA was saying ” Fuck the Police” We heard Ice T scream ” Cop Killer”, who ironically played a cop on NBC. Ice Cube was preaching “I didn’t even have to use my A-K, Today was a good day”. Now he stars in Disney movies. Tupac and Snoop said ” ain’t nothin but a gangsta party”. Tupac is dead and Snoop doesn’t really do much of anything.
Rap music hasn’t changed in the past 18 years….it’s the same shit just recycled. You can rap about ass, titties, bitches and what not for only so long. Music today is garbage. Freddie Mercury wrote “Bohemian Rhapsody” by himself. Then you look at “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyonce and it list Adidja Palmer, Beyoncé Knowles, David Taylor, Nick van de Wall, Shea Taylor,Terius Nash and Wesley Pentz as co-writers. Why the hell does it take 7 people to write a 4 minute song?
When I was in Junior High, the internet was just getting started. Of course, not the internet of today. No social media. No music downloads. No buying things online. If we needed to look up something for school we had to go to the library and get a book. We didn’t have Google to answer every question for us. Kids today wouldn’t know how to use an index, or what it’s like to use a paper bag as a book cover.
Those 9, 10, 11 year olds i saw today are carbon copies of who we were 18 years ago. Only now it’s our fault they can’t write, read, or talk properly. I know that i don’t always use proper English or that i might use slang in my writings, but when i am around kids, i do try to use proper English. When did our generation get lazy with raising kids? Growing up, if someone’s mom came out yelling you knew damn well every one of us was going to get yelled at. That’s not the case today though. The government has put the power in the kids hands, however some parents think their kids can do no wrong. “Not my baby, he/she knows better”. yada yada yada. It’s like we want the schools to babysit the students but when it comes time for the schools to be the “parent” and discipline the students, all hell breaks loose. We are seeing this now with the entitlement generation. Instead of laughing at how the prior generations did things, they are trying to change our history so they don’t get offended. Schools can’t give out Ds or Fs because it will make the kid feel stupid…no shit, that’s the point. It’s letting you know you need to buckle down. Can’t play tag at recess because you’re not suppose to touch someone without their permission. All kids get an award in sports even if they lose, can’t ruin their self esteem. Just yesterday I read a story on how you are not supposed to make your child hug a family member if they don’t want to, because it sends them a message that it’s ok for someone to touch them even if they don’t like it. Get the fuck out of here with that bullshit. If I see my nieces or nephews come in the house without giving my parents a kiss or hug hello, I yell at them. It’s called respecting your elders.
All we are doing is setting our kids up for failure when they reach society and realize they are stupid and they are not always going to get praised for coming in second. These are the same kids who are going to end up shooting up people because they didn’t get their way and they can’t handle the pressure or rejection.
As for the current Entitlement generation, we need to stop allowing them to change history. Here’s the thing though, we made them who they are. We gave in to them, when really a simple no would have worked. Now you have a bunch of young adults who want everything for free or want things exactly how they want it, with no chance of a compromise. This is one reason why Bernie Sanders is so popular with the youth. They want free college and $15 minimum wage, and they don’t care that you have to rob Peter to pay Paul. They don’t understand that Peter is going to go broke one day because you sucked his wallet dry.
Our country was built on the strength of each generation learning from the prior’s mistakes, and building off of it. That’s not the case anymore. These kids today are going to be the ones that we are going to have to rely on to care for us when we become seniors. To be honest, that’s scary.