Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Inside My Introverted Brain

"What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law.
They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?"
- Plato, 4th Century BC -

I've been thinking lately about how every generation complains about the upcoming one. How every generation believes that there is a decline in morals and standards, and that it's  a modern occurrence.


And the complaints are pretty consistent throughout the ages. Weird hairstyles. Strange clothing. Bad music. Disrespectful, irresponsible, lazy youth that won't amount to much. A world that is going to hell. Civilization on the brink of destruction and corruption.

Then that generation grows up and starts to complain about the next. Ad nauseam...

I find this quite fascinating and somewhat entertaining. How about you?

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  1. Oh wow! That really is interesting that Plato and the ancient Egyptians were saying the same things people are saying today!

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  2. All I know is their taste in music has gone to hell. Music hit a high point in the 80's and with a few exceptions has been going downhill ever since.

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    1. My kids would disagree, Birdie, and we'd be back to this post about every generation complaining about the next :)

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  3. I figured it's always been like this. My brother shared a post where it said "spanking installed me with a feeling called "respect for others"" but he made my life hell for the majority of my life. My oldest full brother got the most spankings since he spent more time with my father before he died. He's got serious mental and anger issues.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that about your brother, Adam. I hope he figures it out!

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  4. haha. So true - except that do enjoy everything about this generation except that they have trouble reading cursive writing! :D

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    1. HAHAHA! That is funny about the cursive writing :)

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  5. Was just thinking about this the other day. I think we all would like to think that of what our generation is comprised is the best ever!!
    Not the case, I guess. It is like a 'right of passage' for each generation as they pass the torch to the next.

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    1. It seems to be a continuous cycle, Jim. Century after century!

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  6. Yes, I've always found that funny too. I try not to be a curmudgeon about today's youth because of it.

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  7. I agree; I don't think much has changed over the years. The older generation complains about the younger generation and then the younger generation finds themselves being the older one and doing the same things they vowed they would never do. I guess it is part of the circle of life :)

    betty

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    1. I think so, Betty. It just goes round and round... :)

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  8. WOW wonder what those dudes would say about our youth of today?

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  9. Ah, it is an ongoing problem. Just to paraphrase something I've often heard, The older I became I learned how much my parents knew.

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  10. What a great quote. There is a similar quote about the decline of youth in the Code of Hammurabi. Yes, each generation forgets what it is like to be young as they age.

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    1. Very true. And the upcoming generation will repeat the cycle!

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  11. We all pretty much suck, its just that each generation hears more about it because communication gets better! Frankly, I know some pretty outstanding, hard working, caring and authentic young adults and teenagers. Hope out weighs suckage!

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    1. I'm with you, Toni. I know a lot of pretty amazing young people.

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  12. It's a constant circle... like Toni said, let's just hope there are enough good people in the world to overcome the bad...

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  13. Happy New Year Martha

    I feel blessed to have the best kids!
    Always kind and always respectful but I know many that aren't!
    Great quote!

    Heading out on a grand adventure in my motor home with hubby and Jake for about a month, think we'll go to Texas. )

    See 'ya later

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    1. Happy New Year, Margie! That is an exciting adventure. Have a wonderful time!

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  14. Very true. I know what my Dad though about my activities. Now to be fair he did have reason to worry. It's interesting to hear my son talk about his girls who are 13 and 15.

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    1. The cycle just keeps repeating itself. I guess each generation takes up the job of complaining once the previous generation is done with it!

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  15. This is such an interesting discovery Martha, I will stop complaining now, it must be a generational gap!

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    1. I think so, Christine. But not to worry. Our kids will do the same with their kids!

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  16. I never looked at it this way. Definitely food for thought. Good post!

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    1. When you read these quotes, it's quite a surprise!

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  17. What a scream. I guess I knew that, but I've never seen those quotes.

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  18. Hey Martha,

    From my observations, I have found that the younger generation, generally speaking, are politer than a number of folks of my generation. I have witnessed older, "mature" people be confrontational with younger people. I watched as a bunch of kids riding skateboards, way off to one side of a supermarket parking lot, were being abused by a couple of old folks. The kids ignored them. Yes, I hear older folks complain about how rude kids are these days, as the same older folks block the sidewalk as the gather together. I have a great time with the younger generation. I'm rather ashamed of some people around my age.

    Take care, eh! Couldn't resist! :)

    Gary

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    1. I know exactly what you're talking about, Gary, because I've experienced the same thing. I've seen folks my age and older be such miserable old coots, especially toward younger people. I think that the older people who are polite, kind and considerate were the same way in their younger years. And that the young people who are polite, kind and considerate will grow up to be the same way in their older years. Am I making sense? I hope so, eh? Take care, my friend!

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  19. i think here comes the love for our own selves ,each generation has love for its own existence and naturally attracted to its own achievements so they just adore only themselves ,but still among them exist such people who see all this from above and stay neutral

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  20. Seriously Plato and some ancient Egyptian dude said that?
    Then moral decay is indeed the problem of all time / ages.

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  21. Life is too short for silly stuff like this.

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