I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on
the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless
When I was a boy, we were taught to be discrete and respectful of
elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise and impatient of
— Hesiod, Eighth Century B.C.
It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one that’s occasionally looked at the younger generation and despaired. Misery loves company after all, and even if the author of the above quote lived over two thousand years ago it’s good to know that I have something in common with our ancient ancestors.
Not too long ago I was looking through some old posts on SHTFblog and a young man had left a link on the site to a Youtube video about a guy talking about the… er, wimpification (allow me the word please) of America today. I won’t quote the real phrase here because we try to be PG 13, but here’s the dude’s video. His name is Nutnfancy and he has a lot to say on this subject. It’s a long video, so be prepared if you decide to watch it all the way through.
I’m not saying I agree with everything he says; however, I do agree with the flavor of his message, which is, “Most Americans today are a bunch of… wimps.”
But Is It Just Young People?
But when I look at the quote from Hesiod above I look back to my own youthful situation and remember my father shaking his head in disgust over some whining I was doing while working on the wood pile. My dad is a nice guy, but when it came to getting work done he wouldn’t allow us to shirk our duty. I can remember helping him in all weather conditions: rain, snow, sunshine, it didn’t matter, we were expected to go with him and bring home some firewood.
I’d have an eight foot log on my shoulder, carrying it from where he cut it to the truck, and I’d say, “Dad! It hurts!”
His reply? “That’s ok, son. It’ll make a man out of ya.”
And you know what? It did.
By the time I went to boot camp down in Parris Island, South Carolina I was used to hard work and that helped me a lot when it came to bearing up under the constant mental and physical strain of recruit training. I can remember guys my age – 18 or 19 – crying while the DI’s yelled at them, or buckling under the physical training we had to do. God forbid you were a porkchop, which meant you were overweight and had to go to the Physical Conditioning Platoon (PCP or Pork Chop Platoon.)
I learned to accept responsibility for my actions in basic training. They taught me how to act like a man, but thanks to my parents they had a good foundation to work with.
When we look at our youth today we can’t blame them if we find them lacking. Their failing is a reflection on our teaching.
But before I get all the young people out there made at me I will say that not all of them are a bunch of wimps. Yeah, they may rely on technology more than I did at that age, but what generation hasn’t? If the technology is there why not use it and damn to those old fogies who don’t understand it.
It’s All The Demographics
If the TS ever does HTF there are people of all age groups who won’t make it due to their lack of knowledge and self sufficiency skills here in this country of ours. This is not a derogatory statement, it’s merely an observation I’ve made over time. Drive down to the local mall/shopping area and look around. Imagine if an asteroid struck good old Planet Earth (or whatever disaster you can dream up) somewhere close by and knocked out power to everything in your area for 300 miles. Walk into the middle of the crowd and look at the people surrounding you and estimate how many could get home without their vehicles. How many of them are so dependent on the grid and social services that they would simply freeze when their cars won’t start or their phones won’t work and wait for help that may never come?
I started this out by bagging on the young people when I should have been slamming the whole country. Old and young, rich and poor, thick or thin, whatever, the majority of Americans are wimps.
Am I wrong? Am I way off base? Do you agree or disagree that today’s society is so sissified that most would crumble during a long term emergency where they had to rely on their own wits and skills to survive?
Sound off in the comments.
I’d like to say happy birthday to the United States Marine Corps! From November 10, 1775 to the present Marines have been laying it down for the country. Oooh-freakin’-Rah!