By Andrew Sission | United States
I want you to think for a moment about the generation currently in college. What comes to mind for you? For me it is riots, and temper tantrums across campuses, claiming tolerance of all ideas but rejecting the ones that they don’t agree with. This generation has been given several names, most popularly the snowflake generation. I, however, prefer to call it the generation of quit.
Let me say that this doesn’t apply to everyone in this generation, there are exceptions to every rule, and I certainly hope that you the reader are one. The only thing that I ask of you when you are reading this is that you are honest with yourself.
Let’s start with the sheer hypocrisy. A generation that claims to be tolerant of all ideas seems to only be tolerant of its own ideas. If you don’t believe me, then why do campuses have to spend countless thousands of dollars on security when a remotely conservative speaker comes to campus. That doesn’t sound tolerant at all to me.
Another thing that I have noticed is the willingness to quit when things get tough. This is a two fault problem with one fault going to the parents and the other to the individual. It’s the parent’s job to instill morals in their child, one of the most important of those being drive and willingness to keep going when the going gets tough. Despite this, there is only so far that parents can go. At some point, the child has to take initiative on their own. There has to be a determination to persevere and to take challenges head-on. This isn’t there in most college-age adults. In all honesty, it’s easier to give up and peruse degrees that are not challenging because hard work is hard. Think about it, why is there a shortage of people wanting to enter the medical field right now, it’s hard to peruse.
It’s time for this generation to accept some accountability. Welcome to the real world, people don’t always agree with you and you cannot throw a fit when that happens. It’s time for parents to start to reinstall morals in their children, and it’s time for children to take responsibility for themselves. The world doesn’t come with safe zones, sometimes you just have to buck up and take what is thrown at you. The world isn’t kind most of the time, you have to learn to deal with it.
Image from Odyssey.