21st Century Youths: A Nation of Wimps

Hara Estroff Marano writes for Psychology Today:

Maybe it’s the cyclist in the park, trim under his sleek metallic blue helmet, cruising along the dirt path… at three miles an hour. On his tricycle.

Or perhaps it’s today’s playground, all-rubber-cushioned surface where kids used to skin their knees. And… wait a minute… those aren’t little kids playing. Their mommies—and especially their daddies—are in there with them, coplaying or play-by-play coaching. Few take it half-easy on the perimeter benches, as parents used to do, letting the kids figure things out for themselves.

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Then there are the sanitizing gels, with which over a third of parents now send their kids to school, according to a recent survey. Presumably, parents now worry that school bathrooms are not good enough for their children.

Consider the teacher new to an upscale suburban town. Shuffling through the sheaf of reports certifying the educational “accommodations” he was required to make for many of his history students, he was struck by the exhaustive, well-written—and obviously costly—one on behalf of a girl who was already proving among the most competent of his ninth-graders. “She’s somewhat neurotic,” he confides, “but she is bright, organized and conscientious—the type who’d get to school to turn in a paper on time, even if she were dying of stomach flu.” He finally found the disability he was to make allowances for: difficulty with Gestalt thinking. The 13-year-old “couldn’t see the big picture.” That cleverly devised defect (what 13-year-old can construct the big picture?) would allow her to take all her tests untimed, especially the big one at the end of the rainbow, the college-worthy SAT.

Behold the wholly sanitized childhood, without skinned knees or the occasional C in history. “Kids need to feel badly sometimes,” says child psychologist David Elkind, professor at Tufts University. “We learn through experience and we learn through bad experiences. Through failure we learn how to cope.”

Messing up, however, even in the playground, is wildly out of style. Although error and experimentation are the true mothers of success, parents are taking pains to remove failure from the equation…

Article continues at Psychology Today.

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  • Azefze

    But if we let them have a sense of self-worth, they would actually think about commercials and realize they don’t actually need all those brand products. We can’t have that!

  • Azefze

    But if we let them have a sense of self-worth, they would actually think about commercials and realize they don’t actually need all those brand products. We can’t have that!

  • Hadrian999

    wait til mommy and daddy can’t protect them any more and life kicks them right in the nuts

  • Hadrian999

    wait til mommy and daddy can’t protect them any more and life kicks them right in the nuts

  • BRAP

    Honestly i’ve been reading disinfo daily for the past 4 months and this is the first off setting post. I’m 19 and have seen all the rubber matting and play safe equiptment… it doesn’t mean we use it. If you look into todays world youth are running everything, from Mark Zuckerburg to 17 year olds playing in the NHL. You are surrounded by successful youth overtaking the elderly population.

    • http://vaslittlecrow.com/ Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

      Brap, with all due respect, you’re being the epitome of the stereotype depicted in that article.

      Learn how to use capitalization properly. Once you accomplish that task, take two seconds to ensure that Mark Zuckerberg’s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Zuckerberg) name is spelled correctly. While you are at it, I suggest that you use a spellchecker for any future comments you post. Until then, I will assume that I am surrounded by the products of grade inflation, self-importance and consumerism.

      America is doomed.

    • Bud Bundy

      19? I joined the Army at that age. Go find a recruiter.

    • WhiteRose

      And one day you too will be old and senile, perhaps by then they will have robotic caretakers to wipe your arse…

  • BRAP

    Honestly i’ve been reading disinfo daily for the past 4 months and this is the first off setting post. I’m 19 and have seen all the rubber matting and play safe equiptment… it doesn’t mean we use it. If you look into todays world youth are running everything, from Mark Zuckerburg to 17 year olds playing in the NHL. You are surrounded by successful youth overtaking the elderly population.

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    Psychology Today is priming to be the Fox News of the Internet. 21st Century Youths are “wimps” because that’s what the socio-economic system demands of them.

    • http://vaslittlecrow.com/ Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

      Did you read the entire article? That was exactly the point they were making.

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    Psychology Today is priming to be the Fox News of the Internet. 21st Century Youths are “wimps” because that’s what the socio-economic system demands of them.

  • http://twitter.com/vaslittlecrow Vas Littlecrow W

    Brap, with all due respect, you’re being the epitome of the stereotype depicted in that article.

    Learn how to use capitalization properly. Once you accomplish that task, take two seconds to ensure that Mark Zuckerberg’s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Zuckerberg) name is spelled correctly. While you are at it, I suggest that you use a spellchecker for any future comments you post. Until then, I will assume that I am surrounded by the products of grade inflation, self-importance and consumerism.

    America is doomed.

  • http://twitter.com/vaslittlecrow Vas Littlecrow W

    Did you read the entire article? That was exactly the point they were making.

  • hucksawyer

    The children of America and not only of America are subject to a brutal and remorseless campaign of control. In the old days parents controlled their kids by the rule of the stick. But in today’s more civilized world, control goes the way of ‘protection’.

    So now the schools look like jails. Check the documentary “The War on Kids.” Hell, the classrooms in many of America’s schools have no windows! Can you believe that? Let’s force a child to spend half his waking time motionless in a windowless room. What could go wrong.
    What passes for ‘education’ is reaching spectacular lows. Up until Junior High school teaches basically nothing, its purpose obviously being the training of the kids in obedience. In High School the learning of basic things is finally permitted. By then the child has either learned to learn on its own, or it’s done for.
    In my high school in Canada 8 years ago, nobody taught us any computer programming. You’d think that in the 21st century programming would be #1. But no. The educational system is so broken and obsolete that I think we should dismantle it. Forget repairs. There’s nothing to salvage.
    In college, subjects like Psychology, Education and Business are gaining popularity. Those subject have little to do with reality and their purpose is to teach prospective jailers the art of exercising control. The ‘Business’-person has to control his workers, the ‘educator’ has to control the kids, and the psychos are supposed to control everybody. Business in particular is now the most popular major. How is ‘business’ even an academic discipline? But never mind.
    Tuitions are rising, and the availability of ‘jobs’ for those without a baccalaureate is falling. Kids are presented with the following choice: get the diploma along with a massive debt and be an indentured slave, or go to work at McDonalds and be a wage slave. If you manage to land a ‘job’, of course.

    Meanwhile, terrified of the armies of pedophiles, child molesters, kidnappers, satanists, punks, goths, negroes, lesbians, gays, and aliens thronging the streets, parents do not let their kids go out. The parents drive their kids to school and then pick them up. That or the yellow bus. Even when the school is just a few streets away! Look around – there are no kids. Years ago all the kids would be out until dark. Now they barely leave the backyard. Of course, the computer and the TV are partly to blame – but TV has been around for decades, while the phenomenon of the shut-in kids is new.
    I think the problem is over-protection (of which the wimpiness the articles discusses is symptomatic) and I think the over-protection is deliberate. There is a drive from above. I heard stories of cops going after parents who supposedly do not take care of their children, because these parents let the kids go about unsupervised. Remember the story about the New York woman who let her kid take the subway alone a few years back? She appeared on all the daytime talk shows to explain herself! Can you believe this? There are other such stories.
    There is a drive from above to control kids. This makes sense in the context of the conspiracy theory that claims that a bunch of deluded Utopians are trying to shape society along the lines of “Brave New World”.

    There one more hellish aspect to the control matrix – the pills. So after you’ve driven your kid to the windowless school and left it to germinate there, be aware that should the unfortunate small person exhibit any signs of life, he will immediately be awarded Ritalin. As Robert Whitaker explained in his recent book, Ritalin is speed and after prolonged use it causes the symptoms of what is called Bipolar Disorder. And when a kid is bipolar, he receives the heavy hitting drugs, which can cause significant damage.
    Fun, isn’t it? And if all this makes you depressed, you can have some Prozac, which will make you impotent or fat or suicidal. Those are the official side effects of the drug.
    The psychotropic drugs have no significant positive effect in the short run (compared to an active placebo), and demonstrably negative effects in the long run. Check Whitaker and Breggin’s books. Both authors are from the mainstream, though the psychiatric/ pharmaceutical establishment tries to suppress them.

    So that’s how it is. Under these circumstances, of course the kids will become wimpy or reckless or resentful toward their parents. But is it their fault? Because I hear people lamenting about how the next generation is stupid and ignorant and weak and so on. It remains to be seen whether the kids are as dumb as they are supposed to be. But in the end it’s the X-ers and the Boomers who should get the blame. Who came up with the prison schools? Surely not the kids in them! Who put 3 million people in jail? Who started the wars in the Middle East? Who fucked up the economy? Hey, it definitely wasn’t the stupid, wimpy kids!

    So let the X-ers and Boomers shut the fuck up and move aside so the next generation can try to clean up the mess that the 20th century tough, smart guys have left behind. That, or try helping out.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      You sir need an applause.

    • http://vaslittlecrow.com/ Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

      I am with you on most of what you are saying, up to a point.

      1- Every generation has been oppressed or repressed in some form or another. Your generation is not special.

      2- Mind-control has always existed. Religion, torture, television, shock treatment, pills; it has all been done before.

      3- Is it your generation’s fault that more people are choosing to live in a cocoon of privilege over free-thinking? Yes, and it always has been that way. Unfortunately, the negative effects of such complacency are cumulative and repetitive. I know this because my generation did it too.

      4- My parents’ generation was guilty of creating the children of yesterday. My generation is guilty of creating the children of today. Your generation will perpetuate the cycle, unless it dares break the system down and actually succeed. The beatniks tried, as did the hippies, the anti-segrationists, the yippies and the punks. I would love to see the kids of today do better, but so far, it all seems like a rehash of the early 90′s with less of a budget and better video game graphics.

      5- Any generation that chooses to discard the lessons of history and the help of those in previous generation who are willing and ready to help out, does so at its own risk. Do you think we’re going to help you clean the messes you created, on top of the messes we created, when you want to play the blame game too? Fuck that. It’s everyone’s fault. Period.

      The article is not talking about tiny school children. They’re talking about adults who are trapped in a perpetual state of wimpy infantilism. But, if you want to play the blame and helpless sheep game, here’s how I played it:

      I was going to union and pro-Independence strikes in Puerto Rico, when most of my schoolmates were playing with Play Doh, because I made it my business to understand the placed I lived in. I suspected that my teachers were lying to me. So, when most of my kids were nodding their heads at the lesson plans, I risked bad grades by asking very difficult questions. When my family migrated to the states, I went to the library and taught myself French and to keep up with my Spanish. I had found out that public schools in the Mainland United States didn’t teach world languages until 9th grade, and that was not acceptable to me. I started a business making underground comics at age 15. I filled out documents without my mother’s knowledge and ran away from home so I could go to college early. I finished college. I tried the rat race, failed, revived my business and have been happy ever since living in a dome nestled within the woods.

      I was raised by a single parent who worked eighty hours a week and left me babysitting my brother. English was not my first language. I am what the Left condescendingly calls, “brown people.” I was dirt poor for a good chunk of my youth — at one point, being too poor for welfare. I had to (and still) deal with autism and schizophrenia. I married young to a horrible person. I divorced him. I developed a nasty five year drug habit, no thanks to our industrial medical system. I quit it. I’ve gone to jail for women’s issues, and I got my sentence suspended without the help of a lawyer by actually challenging North Dakota’s Century Code after bothering to learn about it. What the fuck is everyone else’s excuse?

      • Niallsheil

        Wow,You go for it don’t you.Niall is the name and i think your a great writer.

        • http://vaslittlecrow.com/ Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

          Thank you kindly Niall.

      • jack kane

        Yep, you are right. The epitaph I wrote was a tasteless provocation. I got worked up and one thing led to another.

        Every generation will have its rebels, who, being a minority, have to work together.
        The boomers had a good go in the hippie era, but lost momentum in the ’70s and ’80s as they grew older and faced the conservative backlash. The X-ers had their moments – the punk and grunge movements, a few Hollywood pictures (Slacker, Fight Club), and the anti-Globalization protests. But it all went to hell after 9-11.
        The generation that is now coming of age has potential as well as problems. The Internet is a revolutionary tool for both research and organizing. The guys in charge realize this and will use the Internet for their own purposes. It’s hard to say how ideologically conscious the current crop of youth is. The brainwashing and control if children in our society is quite powerful, but as you say perhaps nowadays things are not as bad as 50 or 200 years ago, when the nationalistic state or the church yielded considerable clout. For example, today’s youth is generally anti-war and I would like to think (though I’m not certain) that a debacle on the scale of the World Wars can’t occur. The economic crisis and the strain it’s putting on the prospects of the young is opening a lot of eyes. The Internet gives kids immediate access to radical thinkers, should they seek it.

        All is not lost. We may see a renaissance yet. The times are strange and it is hard to make sense of what is going on, or to predict the future – we will see. The duty of the serious people of all generations in our time should be to enlighten and help the young, non-coercively, rather than to pass judgment. Thanks for your post.

        • http://vaslittlecrow.com/ Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

          Thank you for taking my view in consideration. Civil discourse means a lot to me.

    • Borgar

      Great comment, thanks.

    • MoralDrift

      I couldn’t agree more. One additional point, with any sort of altercation in schools being treated as zero tolerance, we are programmed at a young age that bullies, thieves, and other troublemakers can never be dealt with directly and that mediation must be sought from the authorities lest you get punished just as much as the kid who hits you in class.

  • Anonymous

    The children of America and not only of America are subject to a brutal and remorseless campaign of control. In the old days parents controlled their kids by the rule of the stick. But in today’s more civilized world, control goes the way of ‘protection’.

    So now the schools look like jails. Check the documentary “The War on Kids.” Hell, the classrooms in many of America’s schools have no windows! Can you believe that? Let’s force a child to spend half his waking time motionless in a windowless room. What could go wrong.
    What passes for ‘education’ is reaching spectacular lows. Up until Junior High school teaches basically nothing, its purpose obviously being the training of the kids in obedience. In High School the learning of basic things is finally permitted. By then the child has either learned to learn on its own, or it’s done for.
    In my high school in Canada 8 years ago, nobody taught us any computer programming. You’d think that in the 21st century programming would be #1. But no. The educational system is so broken and obsolete that I think we should dismantle it. Forget repairs. There’s nothing to salvage.
    In college, subjects like Psychology, Education and Business are gaining popularity. Those subject have little to do with reality and their purpose is to teach prospective jailers the art of exercising control. The ‘Business’-person has to control his workers, the ‘educator’ has to control the kids, and the psychos are supposed to control everybody. Business in particular is now the most popular major. How is ‘business’ even an academic discipline? But never mind.
    Tuitions are rising, and the availability of ‘jobs’ for those without a baccalaureate is falling. Kids are presented with the following choice: get the diploma along with a massive debt and be an indentured slave, or go to work at McDonalds and be a wage slave. If you manage to land a ‘job’, of course.

    Meanwhile, terrified of the armies of pedophiles, child molesters, kidnappers, satanists, punks, goths, negroes, lesbians, gays, and aliens thronging the streets, parents do not let their kids go out. The parents drive their kids to school and then pick them up. That or the yellow bus. Even when the school is just a few streets away! Look around – there are no kids. Years ago all the kids would be out until dark. Now they barely leave the backyard. Of course, the computer and the TV are partly to blame – but TV has been around for decades, while the phenomenon of the shut-in kids is new.
    I think the problem is over-protection (of which the wimpiness the articles discusses is symptomatic) and I think the over-protection is deliberate. There is a drive from above. I heard stories of cops going after parents who supposedly do not take care of their children, because these parents let the kids go about unsupervised. Remember the story about the New York woman who let her kid take the subway alone a few years back? She appeared on all the daytime talk shows to explain herself! Can you believe this? There are other such stories.
    There is a drive from above to control kids. This makes sense in the context of the conspiracy theory that claims that a bunch of deluded Utopians are trying to shape society along the lines of “Brave New World”.

    There one more hellish aspect to the control matrix – the pills. So after you’ve driven your kid to the windowless school and left it to germinate there, be aware that should the unfortunate small person exhibit any signs of life, he will immediately be awarded Ritalin. As Robert Whitaker explained in his recent book, Ritalin is speed and after prolonged use it causes the symptoms of what is called Bipolar Disorder. And when a kid is bipolar, he receives the heavy hitting drugs, which can cause significant damage.
    Fun, isn’t it? And if all this makes you depressed, you can have some Prozac, which will make you impotent or fat or suicidal. Those are the official side effects of the drug.
    The psychotropic drugs have no significant positive effect in the short run (compared to an active placebo), and demonstrably negative effects in the long run. Check Whitaker and Breggin’s books. Both authors are from the mainstream, though the psychiatric/ pharmaceutical establishment tries to suppress them.

    So that’s how it is. Under these circumstances, of course the kids will become wimpy or reckless or resentful toward their parents. But is it their fault? Because I hear people lamenting about how the next generation is stupid and ignorant and weak and so on. It remains to be seen whether the kids are as dumb as they are supposed to be. But in the end it’s the X-ers and the Boomers who should get the blame. Who came up with the prison schools? Surely not the kids in them! Who put 3 million people in jail? Who started the wars in the Middle East? Who fucked up the economy? Hey, it definitely wasn’t the stupid, wimpy kids!

    So let the X-ers and Boomers shut the fuck up and move aside so the next generation can try to clean up the mess that the 20th century tough, smart guys have left behind. That, or try helping out.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    You sir need an applause.

  • http://twitter.com/vaslittlecrow Vas Littlecrow W

    I am with you on most of what you are saying, up to a point.

    1- Every generation has been oppressed or repressed in some form or another. Your generation is not special.

    2- Mind-control has always existed. Religion, torture, television, shock treatment, pills; it has all been done before.

    3- Is it your generation’s fault that more people are choosing to live in a cocoon of privilege over free-thinking? Yes, and it always has been that way. Unfortunately, the negative effects of such complacency are cumulative and repetitive. I know this because my generation did it too.

    4- My parent’s generation was guilty of creating the children of today. My generation is guilty of creating the children of today. Your generation will perpetuate the cycle, unless it dares break the system down and actually succeed. The beatniks tried, as did the hippies, the anti-segrationists, the yippies and the punks. I would love to see the kids of today do better, but so far, it all seems like a rehash of the early 90′s with less of a budget and better video game graphics.

    5- Any generation that chooses to discard the lessons of history and the help of those in previous generation who are willing an ready to help out, does so at its own. Do you think we’re going to help you clean the messes you created, on top of the messes we created, when you want to play the blame game too? Fuck that. It’s everyone’s fault. Period.

    The article is not talking about tiny school children. They’re talking about adults who are trapped in a perpetual state of wimpy infantilism. But, if you want to play the blame and helpless sheep game, here’s how I played it:

    I was going to union and pro-Independence strikes in Puerto Rico, when most of my schoolmates were playing with Play Doh, because I made it my business to understand the placed I lived in. I suspected that my teachers were lying to me. So, when most of my kids were nodding their heads at the lesson plans, I risked bad grades by asking very difficult questions. When my family migrated to the states, I went to the library and taught myself French and to keep up with my Spanish. I had found out that public schools in the Mainland United States didn’t teach world languages until 9th grade, and that was not acceptable to me. I started a business making underground comics at age 15. I filled out documents without my mother’s knowledge and ran away from home so I could go to college early. I finished college. I tried the rat race, failed, revived my business and have been happy ever since living in a dome nestled within the woods.

    I was raised by a single parent who worked eighty hours a week and left me babysitting my brother. English was not my first language. I am what the Left condescendingly calls, “brown people.” I was dirt poor for a good chunk of my youth — at one point, being too poor for welfare. I had to (and still) deal with autism and schizophrenia. I married young to a horrible person. I developed a nasty five year drug habit, no thanks to our industrial medical system. I’ve gone to jail for women’s issues, and I got my sentence suspended without the help of a lawyer by actually challenging North Dakota’s Century Code after bothering to learn about it. What the fuck is everyone else’s excuse?

  • Me

    It’s because our whole generation has been force-fed flouride for the last 20 years…

    • http://vaslittlecrow.com/ Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

      Twenty years? The U.S. Public Health Service made fluoridation public policy in 1951 and by 1960 it was widespread. It’s 2011 now. How does that math work?

      • Bud Bundy

        Flouride yo.

        • http://vaslittlecrow.com/ Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

          Oh yeah!

  • Me

    It’s because our whole generation has been force-fed flouride for the last 20 years…

  • mrtastycakes

    “Upscale suburban” is the cause. Kids are still tough everywhere else.

    • E.B. Wolf

      Not even close.

  • mrtastycakes

    “Upscale suburban” is the cause. Kids are still tough everywhere else.

  • http://twitter.com/vaslittlecrow Vas Littlecrow W

    Twenty years? The U.S. Public Health Service made fluoridation public policy in 1951 and by 1960 it was widespread. It’s 2011 now. How does that math work?

  • E.B. Wolf

    Not even close.

  • lj

    can we get over this sentiment: “whatever IT is over there, yea that despicable thing, I AM NOT THAT”. It doesn’t go anywhere when you distinguish yourself from it. Its still there. fucking humans………….we’re a mad lot. And the guy with the fluoride comment, realize that there are more connections in your brain than there are atoms in the universe. Each stage of evolution is going to have shit rained down on them from [insert proper noun]. Everyone here knows the fluoride debate, think of how by dwelling on it so much you might be giving it more power than had you not known anything about it, regardless of what you think its doing to you. Get your good water and move on. This website needs more thinking and attitude along the lines of Robert Anton Wilson and less of the bullhorn-F.E.A.R Alex Jones variety. Where’s the intellectual curiosity of Disinfo past? Surveillance, Scary, Dumb Politician, Someone like pot, etc. I highly recommend the site The Daily Grail, they’ve got a sense of humor in this shitstorm at least

    • http://vaslittlecrow.com/ Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

      Personally, I’d be less annoyed by this whole comment thread had people actually read the entire article, prior to commenting on it. Social forces are very powerful. Yet, every single individual has the potential to overcome them, or at least use them to an advantage. It’s just a matter of making the decision to do something about any given situation.

      Thank you for your insights.

  • lj

    can we get over this sentiment: “whatever IT is over there, yea that despicable thing, I AM NOT THAT”. It doesn’t go anywhere when you distinguish yourself from it. Its still there. fucking humans………….we’re a mad lot. And the guy with the fluoride comment, realize that there are more connections in your brain than there are atoms in the universe. Each stage of evolution is going to have shit rained down on them from [insert proper noun]. Everyone here knows the fluoride debate, think of how by dwelling on it so much you might be giving it more power than had you not known anything about it, regardless of what you think its doing to you. Get your good water and move on. This website needs more thinking and attitude along the lines of Robert Anton Wilson and less of the bullhorn-F.E.A.R Alex Jones variety. Where’s the intellectual curiosity of Disinfo past? Surveillance, Scary, Dumb Politician, Someone like pot, etc. I highly recommend the site The Daily Grail, they’ve got a sense of humor in this shitstorm at least

  • http://twitter.com/vaslittlecrow Vas Littlecrow W

    Personally, I’d be less annoyed by this whole comment thread had people actually read the entire article, prior to commenting on it. Social forces are very powerful. Yet, every single individual has the potential to overcome them, or at least use them to an advantage. It’s just a matter of making the decision to do something about any given situation.

    Thank you for your insights.

  • Borgar

    Great comment, thanks.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I suppose this is a crisis…amongst the fraction of a fraction of a percent of uber-wealthy parents that have endless time to devote to every waking second of their offsprings life.

    Slightly less of a problem everywhere else…where people pretty much ignore the little houseapes until or unless they break something/bleed too much.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I suppose this is a crisis…amongst the fraction of a fraction of a percent of uber-wealthy parents that have endless time to devote to every waking second of their offsprings life.

    Slightly less of a problem everywhere else…where people pretty much ignore the little houseapes until or unless they break something/bleed too much.

    • Bud Bundy

      Houseape. I like it. Like a housecat, but with less common sense and self preservation.

  • Stumage

    Well the young don’t seem to be wimpy in the middle east, seeing as how they are the spark starting all the revolts and riots there.

  • Stumage

    Well the young don’t seem to be wimpy in the middle east, seeing as how they are the spark starting all the revolts and riots there.

    • http://vaslittlecrow.com/ Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

      Exactly! The main differences between the spoiled young adults studied in the article and the revolutionary Middle Eastern youth are privilege and action. In spite of living in oppressive regimes, with blatant indoctrination passing for schools (that often exclude entire genders,) hunger, poverty and other horrors the American mind cannot fathom they decided to do something about their situation. They have a fraction of what we have in the United States, yet they found their strength of will. What the fuck is everyone else’s excuse?

      • MoralDrift

        I think that’s part of the point though. Privilege, or opulence maybe are one of the prime tools used to keep the masses in America in line. Of course, this sounds ridiculous, how could privilege be a bludgeon?

        Without citing any sources it is safe to say that the majority of Americans are not happy. When someone raises a voice to complain about our hollow existence as consumers we are admonished that we are much better off than those in “the third world”. A better future is not possible, this is the best you could hope for, either suck it up and deal or crush your fellow man in pursuit of greater wealth to fill that gaping hole in your life. Those are the acceptable choices reinforced by parents, teachers, mental health professionals etc.

        We cling to our privilege so dearly it justifies our intervention in every continent on the globe up to and including warfare. Arguments about people having it worse elsewhere only reinforce the “do-nothing” mentality It should be abundantly clear by now that unless we have a major revolution in thinking and technology, possibly even changes in human nature, the lifestyle of the United States and Europe will destory the planet,in light of this I say that our privilige is a shackle and our inaction our greatest sin

        • http://vaslittlecrow.com/ Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

          This is an excellent point!

        • WhiteRose

          A lot of rich people have done a lot of charitable things with their money to help the poor. I think somewhere along the way, it seems as the internet developed… people got the idea that all rich people are jerks. Years ago when I went to the Getty museum I had no idea about the history of the family, it made me sick to read about it recently. Mental illness doesn’t discriminate, life just sucks that much more if you are broke and have no hope!

          • MoralDrift

            I’ve had the idea that rich people are jerks ever since I started working at McD’s at the age of 16, seeing the working-poor first hand, and the way they were treated by management and customers.

            The wage statistics of the past decades haven’t helped my opinion of those directing societies priorities through capital. I’d much prefer a society that afforded more the opportunity to contribute to charity rather than be the recipients of charity from those who do no productive labor.

          • http://vaslittlecrow.com/ Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

            I am in complete agreement with you. The rich do treat the poor like inferiors, even when the treatment isn’t called for. Even worse, are rich people who see the poor as nothing more than demographics, and charity as a tax right off that calls for press releases that extoll the virtues of “We Care About Our Community.” Rich people can be good. They can also be repellant. Unfortunately, the easiest way to become rich is by dispensing with morals, hence why there are so many rich dicks.

            And your second paragraph is spot on.

          • MoralDrift

            “Unfortunately, the easiest way to become rich is by dispensing with morals, hence why there are so many rich dicks.” So funny yet so true

          • http://vaslittlecrow.com/ Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

            I’ve had so many chances to become crazy rich. FUCKING CONSCIENCE ALWAYS GETTING IN MY DAMN WAY!

            Heh.

          • MoralDrift

            Aren’t morals a bitch?

          • http://vaslittlecrow.com/ Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

            Yes. Fuckers.

          • http://vaslittlecrow.com/ Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

            What family are you talking about, specifically? Your comment seems so random.

            I am not opposed to rich people. No one ever said that. Once upon a time, I had nothing but a drug addiction and the ability to couch surf. I was starving and poor to the point of not even being able to afford transportation or phone to get a hold of social services for welfare. I was forced to work my ass off, as did my current husband. Ten years later, our household current income status (which I shall not disclose) probably lands me and my husband somewhere around upper middle class. We pay our taxes (which are somewhat unreasonable, but what do you do.) We blow most of my money on my medical bills. We help others. It is what it is.

            Being charitable is not enough, however. My business is specifically non-corporate because my values aren’t kosher with corporatism. My husband’s family feels differently, much to his despair. If you came to our house, you might assume we are poor. Why? You have to walk the walk before you talk the talk. I know where I came from, but I also know how people in my current social strata behave towards people in lower income brackets. It’s pretty ugly.

            I’m mentally ill and I chose not to accept discrimination from others. So how does your trip to a museum relate to the article?

          • psychic spy

            Yea they are crazy for talking about things that actually affect us. talk about UFO’s and mountain yetis and the occult it will really help someday.

      • WhiteRose

        I consider it a coup in the Middle East, the corruption runs deep and Wael Ghonim had no plan to fix that. Did he ever serve in Egypts Army? His background doesn’t sound like he came from a poor family, he just wanted his 15 minutes of fame. He is married to an American yet he stated he would never move here…. So if team USA decides to cut aid to Egypt because of his actions, they are worse off than before! What about that poor guy who had a perfume stand he worked really hard for that got ruined, now he can’t get a wife and we wonder why they get brainwashed by the Quran! Our country has plenty of horror I guess you aren’t looking hard enough!

        • http://vaslittlecrow.com/ Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

          Um… Perfume stand? That anti-Wael Ghonim rant came out of nowhere.

          Ghonim isn’t the only reason main those revolts happened in Egypt, and in other countries including China. He’s just player in the drama. Besides, Tunisia came first and he had nothing to do with that revolt. Rising food prices, inflation and oppressive corrupted governments probably had more to do with these upheavals. From what I understand, a conglomeration of disparate groups with differing agendas, including socially-minded irreligious youths, Islamic fundamentalists, women-rights activists and even the military were involved. You feel sad for the guy with the perfume stand. I feel sad for the whole damn country.

          As much as I feel for the situation, I don’t understand how this relates to rich American students with helicopter parents becoming wimpy adults. Could you clarify?

  • http://twitter.com/vaslittlecrow Vas Littlecrow W

    Exactly! The main differences between the spoiled young adults studied in the article and the revolutionary Middle Eastern youth are privilege and action. In spite of living in oppressive regimes, with blatant indoctrination passing for schools (that often exclude entire genders,) hunger, poverty and other horrors the American mind cannot fathom they decided to do something about their situation. They have a fraction of what we have in the United States, yet they found their strength of will. What the fuck is everyone else’s excuse?

  • Niallsheil

    Wow,You go for it don’t you.Niall is the name and i think your a great writer.

  • justagirl

    sill psychologists – blowing things all out of proportion in order to write a story for their neurotic readers. they need to get away from their studies more and experience REAL life.

  • justagirl

    sill psychologists – blowing things all out of proportion in order to write a story for their neurotic readers. they need to get away from their studies more and experience REAL life.

  • Bud Bundy

    Houseape. I like it. Like a housecat, but with less common sense and self preservation.

  • Bud Bundy

    Flouride yo.

  • Bud Bundy

    19? I joined the Army at that age. Go find a recruiter.

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t agree more. One additional point, with any sort of altercation in schools being treated as zero tolerance, we are programmed at a young age that bullies, thieves, and other troublemakers can never be dealt with directly and that mediation must be sought from the authorities lest you get punished just as much as the kid who hits you in class.

  • jack kane

    Yep, you are right. The epitaph I wrote was a tasteless provocation. I got worked up and one thing led to another.

    Every generation will have its rebels, who, being a minority, have to work together.
    The boomers had a good go in the hippie era, but lost momentum in the ’70s and ’80s as they grew older and faced the conservative backlash. The X-ers had their moments – the punk and grunge movements, a few Hollywood pictures (Slacker, Fight Club), and the anti-Globalization protests. But it all went to hell after 9-11.
    The generation that is now coming of age has potential as well as problems. The Internet is a revolutionary tool for both research and organizing. The guys in charge realize this and will use the Internet for their own purposes. It’s hard to say how ideologically conscious the current crop of youth is. The brainwashing and control if children in our society is quite powerful, but as you say perhaps nowadays things are not as bad as 50 or 200 years ago, when the nationalistic state or the church yielded considerable clout. For example, today’s youth is generally anti-war and I would like to think (though I’m not certain) that a debacle on the scale of the World Wars can’t occur. The economic crisis and the strain it’s putting on the prospects of the young is opening a lot of eyes. The Internet gives kids immediate access to radical thinkers, should they seek it.

    All is not lost. We may see a renaissance yet. The times are strange and it is hard to make sense of what is going on, or to predict the future – we will see. The duty of the serious people of all generations in our time should be to enlighten and help the young, non-coercively, rather than to pass judgment. Thanks for your post.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210184585 Favian Orozco

    Seems like the people who “posses” such “great” knowledge are the real wimps. They don’t do anything to fix our situation, all they can do is shift the blame or social responsibility. You “scientists” are the real fucking jerks and sell outs of society.

  • Guest

    Seems like the people who “posses” such “great” knowledge are the real wimps. They don’t do anything to fix our situation, all they can do is shift the blame or social responsibility. You “scientists” are the real fucking jerks and sell outs of society.

    • http://vaslittlecrow.com/ Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

      Did you read the entire article? The author and researchers were placing the blame squarely on upscale parents and the schools that cater to them without any regard for their children’s mental or social health.

      Just because you don’t like the message, it doesn’t mean that it’s wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/vaslittlecrow Vas Littlecrow W

    Thank you for taking my view in consideration. Civil discourse means a lot to me.

  • http://twitter.com/vaslittlecrow Vas Littlecrow W

    Thank you kindly Niall.

  • http://twitter.com/vaslittlecrow Vas Littlecrow W

    Did you read the entire article? The author and researchers were placing the blame squarely on upscale parents and the schools that cater to them without any regard for their children’s mental or social health.

    Just because you don’t like the message, it doesn’t mean that it’s wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/vaslittlecrow Vas Littlecrow W

    Oh yeah!

  • Anniejrs

    My Grandma used to say a kid didn’t have any sense until they fell and got hurt a couple times. It’s my theory that’s why you see kids riding bicycles off the roof of their house,,, they don’t know that it might hurt.

  • Anniejrs

    My Grandma used to say a kid didn’t have any sense until they fell and got hurt a couple times. It’s my theory that’s why you see kids riding bicycles off the roof of their house,,, they don’t know that it might hurt.

  • Anonymous

    I think that’s part of the point though. Privilege, or opulence maybe are one of the prime tools used to keep the masses in America in line. Of course, this sounds ridiculous, how could privilege be a bludgeon?

    Without citing any sources it is safe to say that the majority of Americans are not happy. When someone raises a voice to complain about our hollow existence as consumers we are admonished that we are much better off than those in “the third world”. A better future is not possible, this is the best you could hope for, either suck it up and deal or crush your fellow man in pursuit of greater wealth to fill that gaping hole in your life. Those are the acceptable choices reinforced by parents, teachers, mental health professionals etc.

    We cling to our privilege so dearly it justifies our intervention in every continent on the globe up to and including warfare. Arguments about people having it worse elsewhere only reinforce the “do-nothing” mentality It should be abundantly clear by now that unless we have a major revolution in thinking and technology, possibly even changes in human nature, the lifestyle of the United States and Europe will destory the planet,in light of this I say that our privilige is a shackle and our inaction our greatest sin

  • http://twitter.com/vaslittlecrow Vas Littlecrow W

    This is an excellent point!

  • WhiteRose

    I consider it a coup in the Middle East, the corruption runs deep and Wael Ghonim had no plan to fix that. Did he ever serve in Egypts Army? His background doesn’t sound like he came from a poor family, he just wanted his 15 minutes of fame. He is married to an American yet he stated he would never move here…. So if team USA decides to cut aid to Egypt because of his actions, they are worse off than before! What about that poor guy who had a perfume stand he worked really hard for that got ruined, now he can’t get a wife and we wonder why they get brainwashed by the Quran! Our country has plenty of horror I guess you aren’t looking hard enough!

  • WhiteRose

    A lot of rich people have done a lot of charitable things with their money to help the poor. I think somewhere along the way, it seems as the internet developed… people got the idea that all rich people are jerks. Years ago when I went to the Getty museum I had no idea about the history of the family, it made me sick to read about it recently. Mental illness doesn’t discriminate, life just sucks that much more if you are broke and have no hope!

  • WhiteRose

    And one day you too will be old and senile, perhaps by then they will have robotic caretakers to wipe your arse…

  • http://twitter.com/vaslittlecrow Vas Littlecrow W

    Um… Perfume stand? Anti-Wael Ghonim rant camer out of nowhere.

    Ghonim isn’t the only reason main those revolts happened in Egypt, and in other countries including China. He’s just player in the drama. Besides, Tunisia came first and he had nothing to do with that revolt. Rising food prices, inflation and oppressive corrupted governments probably had more to do with these upheavals. From what I understand, a conglomeration of disparate groups with differing agendas, including socially-minded irreligious youths, Islamic fundamentalists, women-rights activists and even the military were involved. You feel sad for the guy with the perfume stand. I feel sad for the whole damn country.

    As much as I feel for the situation, I don’t understand how this relates to rich American students with helicopter parents becoming wimpy adults. Could you clarify?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve had the idea that rich people are jerks ever since I started working at McD’s at the age of 16, seeing the working-poor first hand, and the way they were treated by management and customers.

    The wage statistics of the past decades haven’t helped my opinion of those directing societies priorities through capital. I’d much prefer a society that afforded more the opportunity to contribute to charity rather than be the recipients of charity from those who do no productive labor.

  • http://twitter.com/vaslittlecrow Vas Littlecrow W

    What family are you talking about, specifically? Your comment seems so random.

    I am not opposed to rich people. No one ever said that. Once upon a time, I had nothing but a drug addiction and the ability to couch surf. I was starving and poor to the point of not even being able to afford transportation or phone to get a hold of social services for welfare. I was forced to work my ass off, as did my current husband. Ten years later, our household current income status (which I shall not disclose) probably lands me and my husband somewhere around upper middle class. We pay our taxes (which are somewhat unreasonable, but what do you do.) We blow most of my money on my medical bills. We help others. It is what it is.

    Being charitable is not enough, however. My business is specifically non-corporate because my values aren’t kosher with corporatism. My husband’s family feels differently, much to his despair. If you came to our house, you might assume we are poor. Why? You have to walk the walk before you talk the talk. I know where I can from, but I also know how people in my current social strata behave, towards people in lower income brackets. It’s pretty ugly.

    I’m mentally ill and I chose not to accept discrimination from others. So how does your trip to a museum relate to the article?

  • http://twitter.com/vaslittlecrow Vas Littlecrow W

    I am in complete agreement with you. The rich do treat the poor like inferiors, even when the treatment isn’t called for. Even worse, are rich people who see the poor as nothing more than demographics, and charity as a tax right off that calls for press releases that extoll the virtues of “We Care About Our Community.” Rich people can be good. They can also be repellant. Unfortunately, the easiest way to become rich is by dispensing with morals, hence why there are so many rich dicks.

    And your second paragraph is spot on.

  • Anonymous

    “Unfortunately, the easiest way to become rich is by dispensing with morals, hence why there are so many rich dicks.” So funny yet so true

  • http://twitter.com/vaslittlecrow Vas Littlecrow W

    I’ve had so many chances to become crazy rich. FUCKING CONSCIENCE ALWAYS GETTING IN MY DAMN WAY!

    Heh.

  • Anonymous

    Aren’t morals a bitch?

  • http://twitter.com/vaslittlecrow Vas Littlecrow W

    Yes. Fuckers.

  • http://twitter.com/vaslittlecrow Vas Littlecrow W

    Yes. Fuckers.

  • psychic spy

    Yea they are crazy for talking about things that actually affect us. talk about UFO’s and mountain yetis and the occult it will really help someday.

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