The Freedom-Hating Generation

Saturday, July 25, 2009
Posted in category Decivilization

This post has drawn some people sparring, and even perhaps misinterpreting my remarks. You’ll have to read that post to best understand this comment.

It’s not uncommon for me to criticize today’s kids because I think, generally speaking, the majority of them are helpless, unappealing, and annoying brats. Most importantly, I don’t see how they will lead a world that understands and demands human liberty.

The problem is two-fold: parents and schools. My generation, for the most part, never grew up. They are lazy, non-thinking, fat adolescents with their only adult attributes being reproductive organs and Type 2 diabetes. Their views were shaped by the packs they followed in the public schools and the teachings developed by the conformist propagandists in charge of the federal educational system.

One commenter said I was “denegrating” child activities when I poked fun at all these arranged “activities” that become the centerpiece of American family life. Actually, what I was condemning was not merely “other activities,” but the way in which they are generally played out by the masses. The typical suburban life consists of rigid schedules drawn up by parents, for their children, made up of pricey lessons and “activity schools,” desired by the parents for the children, to keep up with the Joneses. These kids have every minute of their life scheduled with some activity the parents usually can’t afford, and the parents BRAG about it to others. They schedule every minute of their kids’ lives with something that will win accolades at parental gatherings and make them feel like the perfect super parent. In reality, these are the worst parents of all. These people are bored, and they stave off their boredom through their children.

Look at children nowadays, who are so unable to fend for themselves. They are so spoiled, so bored when they are not doing their “activities,” and they have no hobbies and passions. They cannot spend a minute alone because they have been fed the gang mentality since Head Start and other mind-numbing “education” programs. They demand, and need, constant amusement and entertainment. Without it, they are bored and uninspired. They are too lazy to walk 12 blocks to school so they demand taxi service. Most kids are bratty, coarse, and just plain unappealing.

It’s funny how the bubble produced a massive amount of dance studios in suburban areas, with one in nearly every strip mall. I noticed that about half of them have since closed up, at least here in SE Michigan. I have never known a child that attended this overpriced activity (one co-worker bragged that he paid $300/month so his daughter could be like the other girls in her school) and stuck with it. They go because it’s the chic thing among the pack, and when it ceases to make a useful social impact, they quit. In the years before “dance” became popular, it was gymnastics that sucked up parents’ money so they could tell everyone, “my kid is in gymnastics…..” And every parent thinks their kid is a musical genius, of course, and so why is it that the children, outside of their music lessons, never spend a minute with their instrument?

Music is great for the kids that want to, and can, pursue it. Gymnastics – real gymnastics, not suburban braggadocio, go-with-the-pack lessonmania – is one of the greatest fitness activities to introduce to your child. It’s far better than collectivist team sports that have become so dumbed-down with political correctness and equality schemes. Martial arts is great for learning individuality and discipline. Krav Maga does both and it introduces an awareness and heads-up mentality. But the goal of parents is to force feed their kids activities – hockey, soccer, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, tennis, etc., etc. – that will conform to the pack mentality of the day. And kids, then, learn from this and come to demanding this activity or that activity – whatever their friends are doing, not what they want to do. This is how they learn to operate.

Look at the sudden soccer movement in America in the last 10-20 years. I’m not that old, and soccer was mostly unknown when I was growing up. The whole soccer thing is a strange pack mentality here in the U.S.

The single biggest hobby among teenagers is shopping. Shopping and buying – fashion, hair, make-up, and the most important question they ask themselves each day is, “What does everyone else think about the way I look? How do I best conform?” They can’t imagine, not for a minute, being outside of what they deem to be the “right” social circle. The social circle full of plastic, phony, unappealing, uninspiring, spoiled, demanding pack brats.

They grow up to become bored adults with no hobbies, no life skills, no creativity, no passions. The latest TV statistics show that people in the U.S. watch TV four hours per day. And it’s no secret that hardly anyone reads anymore.

I remember as a kid – as with most people my age – not giving a shit about what other kids were doing, but pursuing that which I desired. It’s a far different society now. This Jennifer Ibanez creep is a perfect example of one whose thought was dumbed down throughout public school system, and then in the public university. Sadly, parents can’t wait to shove their kids into re-education camps and therefore embrace the collectivist horrors of the government’s Head Start program. In fact, we see the move toward trying to take children into state educational systems (pre-Head Start) as early as age 1 or 2, and the majority of parents approve of this action, and they desire it.

Individuality, almost everywhere in society, is loathed and shunned. Diversity is the new religion, but it is really a form of totalitarian conformity. Tolerance is the new buzzword, but only conformity to the ways of the masses is tolerated. Kids come home from school and repeat poorly-scripted lines about environmentalism and smoking or drinking, telling their parents how they should live their lives. And the parents bow to their hapless, uninformed lectures. I was at an Apple store a few weeks ago, waiting to see a tech guy at the genius bar (Apple’s tech service). A couple of kids about 10 years old were showing their “presentation” they had put together on the wall of the store using Apple software (I think it was Keynote). Apple stores have areas where computer presentations can be projected onto the wall. A bunch adults gathered around, gushing over the senseless, moronic brainwashing that came out of this unbelievably shitty presentation. The whole presentation was a putrid rehash of all the tediously conventional garbage that has been stuffed into the brains of these kids for years. Even the Apple store employees gathered around to watch, and everyone smiled and clapped. The two kids were beaming. Watching these people all make the effort to happily conform, my thoughts immediately came to this: I live in a world of inept, functional retards.

Just look at how society has changed in one or two generations. I have friends who are 60-ish who took their rifles to school on the school bus. My mother rode Detroit city busses to travel all over the city to visit her relatives – when she was nine years old. You couldn’t do that in the ritziest suburb now. My brothers and I played outside all day, away from the house, and that didn’t cause any alarm. Nowadays, a cop pretends he’s a 13-year-old girl in a chat room, and he is able to draw dozens of old men over to the house with the promise of sex.

My daily observances of people never leave me wondering why we live in such a violent, decivilized world where the state is the parent and the religion, and the masses turn to the state to provide for every facet of their lives.

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15 Responses to The Freedom-Hating Generation

  1. Steve says:

    July 25th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    What was wrong with this post? Other than some language that I probably wouldn’t use, but then again, maybe I would, I find nothing wrong with the premise. I’m 57 years old and I played outside during the summer months all day. I would get into trouble like most normal kids and would suffer the punishment for my actions. I didn’t sit in front of the television for hours on end, although I was allowed to watch Capt. Kangaroo and a local kids cartoon show in the afternoons. That wasn’t most days. Mom always shooed us outside unless it was storming. We even played outside when it stormed sometimes. Just to have the thrill of seeing the lightning and feel the rumble of thunder.

    I think that the reason that kids are lazy, selfish, boring and bored is because of us parents. We should be ashamed of our performance as parents. It may be a broad indictment, but I don’t see how it can be phrased any other way. Narcissistic, hedonistic, and overbearing seems to be the plight of people today especially our youth.

  2. Joseph Weir says:

    July 25th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Hear hear to everything you say in this post. One slight glimmer of sunshine is the fact that most of the Ron Paul supporters I saw at the recent Freedom Fest were in their 20′s.

  3. Michael the Artist says:

    July 25th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Ol’ Jennifer is a Wonkette.

  4. Robin says:

    July 25th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Karen writes: “A bunch adults gathered around, gushing over the senseless, moronic brainwashing that came out of this unbelievably shitty presentation.” It is nightmarish to watch people abase themselves so. I’ve seen the same behavior among church congregations who laugh approvingly when a pastor mocks philosophy and critical thinking, and among corporate employees in “motivational” seminars who obligingly parrot insane mantras pronounced by the speaker. If you get these people apart from the herd, and ask them whether they thought differently during the preacher’s tirade, or felt some sense of embarrassment while chanting the weird corporate slogan, they’ll honestly deny it.

  5. Dan says:

    July 25th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Sad fact is that the quickest way to affect youthful behavior is through entertainment/mass communication. Now, Jennifer if you could only stick a earring in your lip and sing this post (poorly), maybe it might help to reach them.

  6. Sarah says:

    July 25th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    You must be in my brain, reading my thoughts, because I very well could have written this – it’s what I’ve been thinking for years.

  7. clark says:

    July 26th, 2009 at 2:59 am

    “Mom always shooed us outside unless it was storming. We even played outside when it stormed sometimes. Just to have the thrill of seeing the lightning and feel the rumble of thunder.”

    Just the other day, a woman pointed out to me she never sees kids playing in the rain anymore. She said she did it all the time as a kid, standing in a stream of water rushing by, soaking wet. Me too, I replied. Is it just the attraction of the video games and the cable proving too tough to pull away from? I don’t think so.
    When I drive by the fixed up expensive parks they always seem to be empty. I can’t remember the last time I saw a group playing football on a muddy grassy area in the rain. That is one of the best times ever.

  8. Karen De Coster says:

    July 26th, 2009 at 7:27 am

    See this as a response of sorts.
    http://karendecoster.com/todays-brats.html

  9. Tony Duffy says:

    July 26th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Well said Karen. When I was raised 100′s of years ago Ma always let me go after the chores were done and I was left to my own devices. I played with guns, blew thing up, got into fights, played around water and rode my bike without a helmet. I learned to think for myself and was taught to do no harm to others, I was also taught to mind my own business. This current crop of spoiled, endlessly praised idiots should make great targets someday. Karen, telling the truth like you do makes you a very dangerous person to the establishment. I admire you greatly.

  10. Dean says:

    July 26th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Now I understand your point, and agree with you. I’m glad you were able to put into words something that has been a kind of thorn in my side, but wasn’t able to fully express. My apologies for misunderstanding your original post.

    I believe Joseph Weir is right on about the 20 somethings who see the emperor without his clothes. I’ve run into several outside of any freedom centric events, and have had discussions with them about politics. On more than one occasion, they’ve brought up the message of liberty before I could. They realize there will be nothing left for them after the boomers suck the well dry, and are looking at alternatives. So there is a ray of hope.

    One site you might want to check out is Free Range Kids. Lenore Skenazy rejects the notion of “Helicopter Parenting” that has been so prevalent over the last twenty years, and perhaps contributes to some of your angst at the direction today’s youth are being driven in. The site is http://freerangekids.wordpress.com

    Don’t worry, Karen, there are plenty of parents out there who don’t cater to their kids every whim, and certainly don’t do it as some sort of sick competition to try and show everyone how great their kids are compared to everybody else’s runts. My wife and I tell our children that we aren’t the entertainment committee. We’ll do things as a family to have fun, or find other activities provided it is in the budget, but we also tell them that sometimes they need to entertain themselves, so go read a book, play outside… That’s the type of thing that instilled a sense of self-reliance in me, my wife, and many others of my generation who are parents as well. My wife and I are passing the same thing onto our children. I just hope it is enough to counter some of the concerns you laid out in your post.

  11. Warhawk says:

    July 26th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I knew the battle was lost long ago, the statists now have complete control of the entire education system, from cradle to graduate school. I cannot overstate how effective the indoctrination has been – this is why I realistically have no hope of future positive change, at least from any conventional actions. Go ahead and try to convince a teen today that they should be concerned about loss of individual liberty, overgrown government, or even balanced budgets – good luck! Every one of them accepts as fact that global warming will kill us all. They will not revolt against the only system they know and love. They cannot think for themselves, much less read and write effectively or do simple math, but you can be sure they know what their carbon footprint is, how to properly recycle 7 different kinds of plastic, and most important of all: big business is bad.

  12. Karen De Coster says:

    July 26th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Dean, I know some great parents, but they are few. Most of my friends, well, I do not like their unappealing, boring kids. Horrible! Helicopter parenting? Great term! And Free Range Kids seems like an interesting website.

  13. Robin says:

    July 27th, 2009 at 7:22 am

    It’s indeed striking how averse American suburban kids have become to outdoor play. The “gadgetization” of their lives, starting with the proliferation of video games, is a major reason. Another, as Karen notes, is the regimentation that no longer ends with the school day, but extends through planned activities all the way up to dinnertime.

    We should also consider parents’ morbid dread of kidnappers and pedophiles, instilled by decades of MSM sensationalism. It motivates them to keep their children on a very short leash, preventing free exploration and the concomitant development of an independent spirit. Halloween, a shadow of its former self, is an obvious casualty of this paranoia. By the 1980s I saw parents motoring their trick-or-treaters from house to house in buttoned up vehicles, like Soviet convoys threading their way through mujahedin territory in Afghanistan.

  14. Joe says:

    July 27th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    I remember, as a child back in the 70′s, getting on my bike and riding alone all over town-without a helmet, of course. My parents only said, “Be back by 6″…..and I was back by 6. Simple.

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