For the dinosaurs of the world (like me) who still get their news updates by watching the 30-minute nightly news, the experience is a lot like boxing a kangaroo. Rapid-fire bad news has a way of scrambling one’s brain in short order and leaves us feeling a little wobbly in the knees. Plenty of bad news to go around these days, but no one to take the blame for it. Why is that?
One such story that broke recently was the shooting of two young people at a local shopping mall, one of whom unfortunately passed away as a result of the violence. The news reporter on the scene asked for a reaction from a middle-aged woman who passed by, who responded by asking a
question of her own; “Why are people so violent? Why are YOUNG people so violent?”, she asked.
Penning a blog is one of the few ways in which commoners like me can express an opinion with the hope that one or two people will take a few seconds to read about it. Youth violence is, in my opinion, based on the fact that no one seems to be taking responsibility for much of what is going on (wrong) today.
It’s not that young people don’t have reasons for hope, or reasons for a bright future. There are certainly reasons for optimism. Many companies lack the needed talent to grow at the rates they would like and they are willing to hire and train those willing to work. Where we are falling short, in my opinion, is that few, if any, of our so-called leaders are providing our young people with suitable role model-type behavior to emulate. I’m beginning to sense that young people feel that no one even cares about them. The mind-set of those who lead is that they can do no wrong and they will defend their position no matter who gets hurt. Things like listening and cordial conversation have been replaced by vitriolic rhetoric which plays well at political rallies, but doesn’t go very far at dining room conversations (if such conversations still exist).
The result of all of this mean-spirited banter among the large-waisted middle-aged politicians is an almost complete withdrawal by young people as they seek to distance themselves from the rhetoric. To further complicate matters, as our youth increases the distance between themselves and those who are intended to lead them, behavior and actions become reckless. If nobody cares about me, why should I play by your rules? Isn’t that when behavior runs afoul? We have stopped asking for input from our youth and, as a result, they have all but stopped expressing opinions and many have checked out. For those young folks who still manage to express their views, I wonder if anyone is listening to them. No one seems to care what they think. That’s just my opinion.