posted on Jan, 25 2005 @ 07:44 PM
Never has there been a time when there existed such an opportunity to learn and expand the mind than there exists today. The numerous venues of
knowledge such as the television, newspaper, radio, and internet, combined with the ability of all races and genders to access such venues should have
resulted in a generation of knowledgeble, wise, and mature people who use the resources available to them, through the hard labors of their ancestors,
to greatly improve all aspects of society. Instead, we are left with a bunch of excessively obese, comically stupid people who couldn't care less
about successes of the previous generation's efforts to improve the lives of its children.
Do they watch the news, read about current events, or learn about the latest breakthroughs in science? No, they watch Spongebob Squarepants with a
greasy Whopper in their hands, soaking up useless information like that vacuous sponge. They watch porn or steal the latest song on the internet, and
read nothing but the comics in the newspapers, and when those are exhausted, they turn on Howard Stern or Oppie and Anthony to laugh about the woman
who just found out that her husband didn't really die....it was only a joke! Why would any black kids care about Martin Luther King? That happened so
long ago that its not relevant today. Why not instead try to act like the 'gangstas' and 'ho's' portrayed on TV, and promote ignornace and
violence? But don't drop the N bomb, only they can call themselves that. Then we have the younger children. There are no more dreams of becoming an
astronaut, or firefighter, or policeman. These are replaced by dreams of becoming the next American Idol or Britney Spears. That will certainly
benefit mankind. What do our kids do when they get into college after spending 13 years of their lives trying to get there? They drink every night of
the week and fail out of their classes!
Its true that I'm a college student myself and that I'm actually growing up on the older fringes of this generation. And I know that it's also true
that there exist many of this generation who DO have dreams of becoming something worthwhile when they grow up, and few who exhibit all of the
negative traits described above. I know that many parents reading this have children of their own who are successful and hardworking, and who
fully use the resources available to them, but I'm just trying to make a point. Why is it that the desire to learn and expand the mind is inversely
proportonal to the resources available to do such things? These freedoms shouldn't be taken for granted and be used for such trivial purposes. They
should be embraced whole-heartedly and used to improve our society.
In my honest opinion, this trend is only getting worse. I've gotten to know quite a few kids of the slighly younger generation through my younger
brother (13 years old), and have taken mental note of their behaviors. Instead of playing baseball, or exploring the woods nearby, they link up their
newest nintendo gameboy systems and exchange few, if any words. My brother hasn't even been outside for the past 4 days, and his friends are
basically doing the same. They idolize cartoon shows and act out the gestures of stupid cartoon characters, something even my friends at that age
would consider immature. Sure children are also doing better in school as so many reports are indicating, but this really means nothing. I went
through highschool in honors classes with solid A's, but this was all done by regurgitation of information, extensive use of rote memory, and writing
exactly what the teacher wanted to hear. This works for all subjects...history (memorization), english (write to please the teacher), even math (know
one example, and use it to do the rest of the problems). I didn't care about who was involved in WWII, or HOW I could use differentiation or geometry
in the real world, or discover the clever wit of Shakespeare through numerous innuendos. I just did what I was told and got rewarded for it. These
children may be 'school smart' but they are idiots at best.
I'm disgusted with this apathy towards learning, which is why I've changed my ways. I might go online to read Plato's Republic, sit down and read
Pat Brown's latest book, or learn something new on this very site. I work in the summer 6 days a week, full time, getting up at 4 a.m every day, and
keep in shape by rock-climbing, whitewater rafting, or swimming. I'm finally looking into the 'why's' of my subjects in college, and just finished
writing a paper in an attempt to disprove altruism just for the hell of it. Because of this fact, I'm able to see the mental deterioration that is
happening all around me. There is SO much available to us that we couldn't possible put it all to use in 1000 lifetimes, yet we choose to live our
lives in poor health, ignorance, and in admiration of morally deprived reality TV stars. Why am I even in college in hopes to better serve society
when no one will give a damn in the next 20 years or so?
[edit on 25-1-2005 by zhangmaster]