This last is one I hear less than I used to, but I still hear it too much. I hear it from people who also call my generation, and those behind me, selfish, greedy, uncaring, disrespectful, and irresponsible, and it still astonishes me that people who claim to care so much about responsibility are looking for ways to blame younger people for the society they’re growing up in.
I had parents who DID teach me responsibility, and that’s great, but at the same time, I grew up watching adults throw trash out their car windows, and watching our political “leaders” lie regularly, and watching other adults being PROUD of their ability to lie, cheat, or con for personal gain.
And while I was growing up, the same people who are now calling younger generations irresponsible were blithely ignoring DECADES of research and warnings about the damage they were doing.
What’s really maddening about all this is that these same people are still, for the most part, the ones with the most power.
There’s this kid in Germany, Felix Finkbeiner, who’s fighting against climate change. He’s starting a movement to plant trees around the world, inspired by the work of women in Africa, and he’s making a difference. The video is worth watching.
It’s an inspiring video, but since when did we leave it to our children to worry about the future of the world while we go and play with money? How is that responsible. This child is going before a group of wealthy and powerful adults and begging for his future. The first time he went to ask for help, not only did nobody volunteer, they laughed about it. One Euro per ton of chocolate? ONE?
He had to ask twice for even that paltry sum?
And HIS generation is the greedy irresponsible one?
I do NOT advocate violence, but sometimes it astonishes me that we don’t see gangs of teenagers destroying drilling and mining equipment and claiming self defense.
We shouldn’t be inspired into action because of this, we should be shamed into action. This child is forced to do this because the adults who SHOULD be caring for his future are busy breaking it apart and selling it off like addicts looking for their next fix. Good for Felix – I’m grateful for what he’s doing, but this whole situation is disgusting.