Comment 38507

By Ted Mitchell (registered) | Posted February 28, 2010 at 18:15:48

An interesting discussion. imho, it is society that is the problem and youth the solution.

Perhaps the saddest thing is to see young people assimilate into a society that is egocentric and self righteous. SOme youth see this and behave accordingly, but you can't really blame them. Occasionally, youth reject this reality and here's where we can learn a lot from them.

Youth are biologically biased to act selfishly relative to adults who have more emotional control and frontal lobe development. So when the situation is backward, and youth are the ones acting altruistically, you know society is f'd.

What are youth to think in a city where cars are worshiped gods, bikes are pestilence, off leash dogs are evil, and leaf blowers entirely legal?

I tried to argue something like this concept in an earlier essay

Recently I went back to school and saw some of the brightest students, already picked as 'leaders' succumb to this. becoming a 'leader' in current parlance means towing the traditional line, e.g. in engineering becoming a slut of industry and money.

Real leaders will be the youth who question the very basis of society and reveal inconsistencies. What we need is both young agitators and a few old guys willing to stand up and say, yeah, the youth are right on and it's us who are morally bankrupt.

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