The Spitting Image
As I travel around the country speaking and mentoring there is a question that continuously comes up.
“What’s wrong with these young people today?”
Grrr... That question drives me bonkers!
The same thing that’s wrong with the adults is the same thing that’s wrong with young people: detrimental values. Think about it.
Duncan Nugget #189
Young people are a reflection of adult values.
You might be thinking:
"But what about their peers?"
“Hey, I don’t wear my pants hanging off of my butt.”
“My hair isn’t pink and green.”
“My clothes aren’t so tight that it looks like I painted them on me.”
The adults run things. Our youth don’t own the movie theaters, TV stations, clothing companies, or radio stations. They don’t publish the books. They don't produce and distribute the videos, DVD’s, CD’s, and MP3’s. They don't manufacture the guns. They don't own the boats and planes bringing in the drugs. They don't own the porn sites and the sex trafficking rings.
So, while you’re getting angry and frustrated with the young folks, remember the adults. Young people are the spitting image of the adult values that dominate society.
One day when I was speaking at a community center I saw a guy fussing at some teenagers about how they were dressed.
“Y’all need to pull your pants up.”
The guy had on an old, oily baseball cap turned to the back. He was wearing an off-yellow grayish tank top that used to be white. And there were so many peas in his beard that he could’ve opened a supermarket! (Translation: His beard was unkempt).
Uh…hello. What’s wrong with this picture?
That’s no different than someone with a $20,000 home theater in his or her house and no home library, being all upset because his or her kids don’t read and study enough. Man! At least buy a Kindle or something.
We live in a society where it’s more important for most adults to have a home entertainment center than it is to have a bookcase. Now that is pitiful.
Here’s the bottom line:
Youth empowerment begins and ends with adult values.
So the question isn’t “What’s wrong with these young people today?”
“What are YOU doing to help in the fight
against negative adult values?”
(Revised - January 2011)
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