Ok, so I’m running errands this afternoon and found myself at a place of commerce overhearing a rant I’d rather not have heard. I guess the employees didn’t see me come in. They were going off on “young people today” as ol’ fogies are wont to do (they weren”t really old ol’ fogies, but I’m pretty sure once the ranting begins, age is irrelevant and your fogieness is certified Grade A on the spot–I’m not saying all people older than me are ol’ fogies). Here’s what I heard:
#1: So just how do they think they’re gonna freakin’ get through the rest of their life?!
#2: They don’t use their heads, and you know what else? There’s a whole generation of ’em out there!
I used to be a youth minister (I miss that), and would hear this discussion from time to time. I usually asked this question, which I wish I’d thought at the moment to ask the employees this afternoon: “Who raised them?” You see, I think it’s wimpy, irresponsible and a major trip down deNile to talk about “those young people today” as though someone else raised them. It’s amazing that people will gripe and gripe and gripe about the self-centeredness of “young people” without ever looking at the example they are following–the parents that made them the center of the world.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not a “blame the parents for every woe in your life” person. In a way, that’s exactly what I think breeds the problem of the complainers at the business this afternoon. They were children of “blame the parents” 60’s and 70’s, and now that they are the parents, they’re blaming the children. Think about this for a second. Everything wrong is either my parents fault for not buying me that purple balloon a the circus when I was three, or my children’s fault for being so self-centered as to ask me for a balloon every time we’re at the stinkin’ circus! It’s anyone’s fault but mine.
So, the next time you hear this rant, or are tempted to go off on “young people” ask yourself, or those around you…who raised them? Then take responsibility for what you’ve done instead blaming everyone else.
And that’s my rant for today. 🙂