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Originally posted by mnmcandiez
Everyone will say their time was better because of this or that. Every generation loves to go on about how their generation is better, different, or was superior.
We are all humans that happened to be born at a different time. Get over it.
Just like how people cry over violent video games/cartoons. But no one complains over Bugs Bunny being very violent in nature. It's a joke.
n London, 1815 sees the foundation of the Society for Investigating the Causes of the Alarming Increase in Juvenile Delinquency in the Metropolis. 1751 sees Henry Fielding's "Enquiry into the Causes of the Late Increase of Robbers" (Fielding fingered "too frequent and expensive diversions among the lower kind of people"). The seventeenth century saw moral panics about violent and rowdy apprentices, as well as about organised fighting among gangs (wearing coloured ribbons to identify their troops). Professor Pearson ends with the sixteenth century and puritan fears about, if not gangsta rap, popular songs that treated criminals as heroes.
Now, we coddle failures and individual and team success (with the exception of professional sports) seems to just get a pat on the back and a "well done".
We have grown accostomed to giving kids a trophy just for showing up to a sporting event, we have grown afraid to tell our kids that they failed because "it might hurt their self esteem" and failures in society (such as those unable to pay their mortgages due to financial difficulty) are bailed out while successes (such as those who pay their mortgages on time every month) fail to qualify for any sort of assistance at all.
While I'm all for giving the weakest members of society a helping hand, we in the Western World seem to be coddiling our failures to the point that instead of society being led by the strongest members, with assistance to the failures to allow them to learn to keep up, the strongest members of any community are being held back to the same level as those that are failing because "it's not fair that everyone can't keep up with the overachievers".
Throughout human history, the strong have survived and society has alwys been achieved and led by the strongest members. When did this change in the last 20 years or so?
When I was a kid, there were bullies. You were either a bully, or a victim, or a good kid that stood up to bullies on behalf of the victims. The victims learned to cope through other mechanisms such as humor, or weight-lifting, or karate, or out-witting someone. The bullies learned there were major consequences for being a bully, and the good kids learned that it is self-rewarding to do the right thing