I had what I would consider a very ordinary upbringing back in the 50s and 60s.
I had good times and bad times. I was bullied and teased. I got into fights. I got into some pretty hairy escapades where it’s a wonder I escaped with nothing worse than a few scars. In other words, I was like millions of others having a perfectly normal childhood.
I came out of it reasonably balanced with a fair education, not only in the academic sense but with high marks in the university of life. I was ready for the rough and tumble and the dog eat dog life ahead of me.
I sit back now and look on in amazement at the way kids are being brought up nowadays. They are wrapped in cotton wool from birth. Nothing must be allowed put them in any sort of danger whatsoever. Even worse, they mustn’t even run the risk of any danger. They are coddled and protected and we are told time and time again that all protections and nanny laws are for the sake of the children.
As a result of all this, they are growing up into spineless, molly-coddled whinging little brats. The world owes them everything and if they don’t get what they want they go running back to mammy. But they are “grown up” now so mammy isn’t there any more so they go running to their friends on Twitter or Facebook, crying that life isn’t fair and they miss being “safe”. They want a Pollyanna World where we are all sickly sweet and polite to each other and every word must be considered just in case it might offend someone. At the rate we are going, the number of words that may cause “offence” to someone will soon exceed the number of words in the dictionary.
The latest word word to cause great offence and mental trauma is of course “snowflake”. The irony of this seems to completely escape them. They are whinging about being called whingers. “Stop calling us horrible names, just because we don’t like being called horrible names“. They don’t seem to realise that the more they complain about being called Snowflakes the more we will call them Snowflakes. You couldn’t make it up!
This is the future we are looking at here – the captains of industry, the leaders of men. These are the people who will hold the reigns of the future.
God help us.
They wouldn’t have lasted five minutes back in my day.