I don't think it's an easier life at all.
It's a harder life in many respects.
I think both students and tutors got away with a lot more when essays were hand written.
Firstly one could adjust the "size" of the writing that nobody really wanted to write, and nobody really wanted to read.
With exact word-counts that's now much harder.
Little plagiarisms were squirreled away into academic or PhD libraries.
Now they're on-line, with all kinds of devices for constant scrutiny in case somebody doesn't like you.
The private is now public for a whole generation on social networks.
If anything one has to become sharper, better ... and in SA the competition is hardly from the North Atlantic countries (old hat) - it is now China
People with a hunger to succeed and change their circumstances, and a great work ethic.
They speak our tongue while we haven't bothered to learn anything else.
Maybe other countries still have enough military and cultural clout, and social security for now not to notice it.
But there are new achievers on the planet, while some Westerners still think its OK to tell their kids to be socialist hippies.
Many Western youth are already very behind, and if all fails, destined to be just a new slum dwelling under-class: at worst little more than
prostitutes and drug mules.
Now that's a bit pessimistic, and I'm obviously not saying all will end up that way, but it's frightening to even consider.
But without putting a great effort into their education and future - well, what can they do?
Now we talk to the rest of the world and we really have to consider our positions and ways of representing our countries.
I think one fast-food meal that's honestly earned by work or study is better than a ton of home-cooked, self-righteous and delusional plates of hot
air that came from the same transport and exploitation routes minus the laughable smug.
Competition is tougher, personal information is easier to project, and morality is much more difficult to define in a global context where privilege
is rare, and no Western sob story can even compare to the hell some of these people worked themselves up from.
This is not the "easy life".
Catch a wake up!
(No offense to anyone intended, just another view.)
edit on 5-8-2012 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)