Do you feel that the vast majority of young people today are good people?

@Pose123 (21667)
Canada
April 26, 2012 5:15pm CST
It seems to happen all the time and in every generation,as people get older they tend to feel that the young people are far worse than their generation ever was, but are they really? Letters were written to the editors of Newspapers in the nineteenth century, deploring what was happening to the youth, and how the world would go to hell in a hand basket when their generation passed away. We are doing the same thing today when we condemn the youth of the world. Sure there are troublemakers out there, but wasn't that true of your generation too? If not, why were the prisons always filled to capacity? The fact is, we only hear bad news - good news doesn't sell. I believe that we have a wonderful generation of young people growing up today, and we should be very proud of them. The world is a far better place today than it was a hundred years ago and I feel it will continue to get better with each generation. Do you agree or disagree and why?
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@dubbc3 (125)
• United States
27 Apr 12
I think for the most part, young people today are no better or worse than any other generations before theirs. Now, I do believe some of our youth these days are less patient when faced with different situations. I also believe we have allowed our youth to be entertained with too much television, video games, smart phones, and internet. You're right! I agree that there is far less positive news about young people and people in general. Let's assume everyone's definition of "good" people is the same. Good meaning not bad? Who is good, really? I've met quite a few intelligent, generous, and motivated young people. I'm also a mother of three young people. I have sons, ages 17, 20, and 23. I raised them on my own. I believe young peoples' behavior, bad or good, has to be traced back to their parents or gaurdians. Good and bad behavior is learned everywhere our youth go. But, home is where children should be guided with love and patience. Since we live in an imperfect world, realistically, not every child will grow up with two loving, financially set, ever present parents. Good behavior should be learned early at home. Instead of wasting money printing bad news about blameless young people, more programs need to be created and funded for our youth. When I say "blameless", I'm not saying young people that do bad things shouldn't take accountability for their actions. I mean, these children are our responsibilities. ALL OF THEM! How many adults with or without children actually spend quality time with young people? I could go on and on about this, but I will end this response by saying, yes! I believe there are plenty of good young people that want to do good and want to stay good!
@Bluedoll (17068)
• Canada
27 Apr 12
One negative thing I’ve heard about excessive media is how we can see the latest very young people acting. There seems to be a lot of strange disorders in some. They are plopped in front of the tv set or computer and see only garbage. The cartoons are become rather strange in my opinion and the video games only violent. Difficult perception for these young minds to accept. Still on a positive note, I see such things as the recent anti bully campaigns enlightening young people how to deal with this kind of behaviours.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
13 May 12
Hi dubbc3, Thank you for your excellent comments and you have certainly put things in perspective. I think the future is in good hands. Blessings.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
28 Apr 12
Hello Pose. Every coin has two sides, and it fits all generations, whether it is old or young. In my generation, we did not get as much information as we can get nowadays. Also young people are easier and more receptive to accepting new things than the older generations. People of all levels of generations views things differently. People nowadays are more open and more informative. All in all, I agree with you that the vast majority of young people today are good people. Have a good day to begin with, Pose.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
13 May 12
Hi william, Thank you for sharing and of course we agree here. Blessings.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
27 Apr 12
Of course, all people are intrinsically good.Prisons are filled with people who have never learned to follow the golden rule. 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!' We need to teach our children to live by the Golden Rule! When this happens, our prisons will be empty as our churches!
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
13 May 12
Hi barehugs, Thank you for your comments and we agree. Blessings.
• India
27 Apr 12
Accepted, new generation is great, with more exposure they can bring new socity with good happenings.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
13 May 12
Hi DrGuruindia, Thank you for sharing and we agree. Blessings.
@Iynna12 (67)
27 Apr 12
I don't feel young people are bad but they are not talkative and sociable. I think I am afraid sometimes of them. I do not think I can follow their thoughts.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
13 May 12
Hi Iynna12, Thank you for commenting and you are not alone in feeling this way. Up until about seven years ago I worked where many young people hung out, and many adults younger than me, would not come near the place. After getting to know them better, I found that many were just covering up for their own insecurities by "acting up". They needed to be accepted.Blessings
@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
27 Apr 12
The so called generation gap in fact widens the outlook of the older to the newer set of people.The young ones of today carry with them concepts,ideas and choices which are in a way unworthy and lacking grace to those older set of matured people. There really are chances of clashes of opinion between the older and the younger lot in matters of thinking and behaving. The technology of modern times have brought with it new modes of living, fresh types of entertainment gadgets, newer vistas of adventure and fun. While being quite good at heart, I feel that the new generation at times lack the practicality in exercising execution of duties and responsibilities.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
13 May 12
Hi sukumar, Thank you for sharing but as to your last comment, don't you feel that many in the previous generation felt the same about your generation? Blessings.
@dubbc3 (125)
• United States
27 Apr 12
I forgot to say that this discussion question good and positive! Thought provoking. Great job!
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
13 May 12
Thank you. Blessings.
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
26 Apr 12
I think that the majority of people, regardless of the age they have are good, in my opinion, what happens is that when we get older, our way of see the world and the life changes, and it is diferent to those who are younger, and this creates a gap between generations, besides, in time, fashion and ways of young people change as well, and this may be perceived as a sign of lack of values for some
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
13 May 12
Hi albto, Thank you yor sharing and we agree. Blessings.
@Bluedoll (17068)
• Canada
26 Apr 12
This is an excellent discussion and interesting thought to put forth. Pose, you did well to express it. I have this to add though it is more of a question than an answer I am afraid. How can we clearly judge a people or generation? How can we value what is good or bad for that matter. If we look at any generation in time we can compare and find similar characteristics whether they are pitfalls or appreciation for the people that lived in those times. History has shown that everything follows a cycle of some kind where one event will be followed by another. I would speculate that the present generation is “smarter” than previous one’s in history though do have a difficult time to determine it’s goodness.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
13 May 12
Hi Bluedoll, Very well said my friend and I agree. It seems that each generation judges the generations that follows it, but as you say everything follows a cycle. I know that I don't have to understand everything for it to be unfolding as it should. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. Blessings.
@AidaLily (1450)
• United States
26 Apr 12
I think most of them are good people, but not prepared for anything. The reason I feel this is because parents seem to have gotten more and more lenient and even more so today since then. After all, young people tend to act the same way they did growing up. On top of that, parents are letting their kids watch horrible role models now a days and are more interested in being friends with their children. There are a lot of good things that happen, but as you said.. good news doesn't sell. More people would rather read about that kid who wanted a "pin-up" style picture for her school year book than a young person making a difference.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
13 May 12
Hi AidaLily, Thank you for commenting and I agree there is truth in what you say. However, I still think that most will do fine. Children may not be growing up as quickly but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Blessings.
@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
26 Apr 12
I don't think they're that worse, but overly liberated? Heck yes. Well, at least in my eyes. They could sem worse, because most of them don't even know how to use this freedom properly... I mean, 11-14 year old girls posing in lingerie on Facebook is just ugh. But at the same time, maybe they look this horrible because now we, adults get assess to everything... there might have been people like this, but we didn't see them day by day. But I do agree that all eras thought the same about the youngsters, because young people always rebeled. The funniest thing I've read was a reflection of a really famous Hungarian scholar, who wrote a note on the 19th century on how the young people in the university were using cheat sheets back then. And every teacher were like, when I was a kid, that we were the damned generation, and how grateful we should be for education, and not cheat and love every single lesson, because oh, back then, in the heydays, how hard-working were the people who got admitted to the university... mmmm-hmmm...
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
13 May 12
Hi doroffee, Thank you for sharing and I think that you hit the nail on the head when you say that there may have always been children like that, but we just didn't see them. We forget so easily too that we really weren't angels lol! I smile when I hear a grandmother tell her grandchildren that she always behaved and did as she was told! Sixty-five years ago, I was 12 years old and attending a two room country school and I still wonder how some teachers managed to stay sane. Most didn't stay more than one year in the same school. A hundred years ago girls were getting pregnant at 14 and 15 and most got married right away. A few years later, the same people were judging the next generation. Blessings.
• United States
26 Apr 12
Overall, I think all of society has gotten worse, but I don't think that the younger generation is going to doom us all. If anything, I think the generation growing up now is just getting lazier as things are automatically done for them and they don't have to work as hard to get things done. For example, they don't have to look in a dictionary for the spelling of the word, they just type it in the computer and spell check corrects it for them.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
13 May 12
Hi rewardinlife, Thank you for your comment and I agree that society has changed more than any of us could have imagined just a few years ago, but that is not the fault of the youth. I think our future is in good hands. Blessings.
@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
27 Apr 12
There are good kids out there, and there are ones that are doing good things, but as you say that doesn't sale. However, I disagree that the bad ones haven't gotten worse. Yes, there were trouble makers in every generation, however, they were not shooting up their schools, they were not killing their parents or friends over stupid things. And of course there is the whole internet added to this equation. And the video games that are so violent. We need to get back to basic discipline, in and out of school. We need to give the schools back to the teachers and principles, and let them teach and discipline the students. Things are going to get worse before they get better, sometimes I think we'd all be better off by returning to some of the 'old' values and parents that parented their children instead letting cable tv and the computer do the babysitting!
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
13 May 12
Hi palonghorn, Thank you for commenting and of course there well be struggles, but overall I think the future is in good hands. Blessings.