Letter: Discontented young are rising up around the world, he says
TO THE EDITOR: Having no illusions of grandeur or a narcissistic need for attention, I knew that the truth sometimes hurts and will cause a backlash from some, like our "undocumented citizen" neighbors.
It is much more comfortable to be a chameleon and go along to get along. A serious concern for my children and grandchildren is my motivation for speaking out.
Simon Black travels the world and writes a political/financial blog. Recently, he questioned what we are teaching our children. He wrote: "I have to imagine that any child watching the goings-on of American politics would conclude that:
"--debt is wealth;
"--living beyond your means is completely sustainable;
"--if anyone tells you otherwise, denounce their mathematical errors;
"--if at first you don't succeed, keep trying the same thing over and over;
"--working hard and saving money is bad;
"--spending money and not working is good;
"--if you have a problem, the government will bail you out;
"--people are entitled to things that they didn't work for;
"--no one should be held accountable for the consequences of the risks they take;
"--it's not illegal if the government does it;
"--despite what our eyes and ears tell us, inflation is not a concern;
"--everything is going to be OK simply because the government says so."
America is deeply infused with arrogance, denial, narcissism, sex, drugs and violence, and our schools are failing. These factors are weighing on our youth and we are not giving them the tools to cope with life's challenges.
If adults believe that "Everything is going to be OK because the government says so," what will our youth do if, for example, our dollar collapses and our world changes instantly? The discontented young are rising up around the world.