“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the Public Treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the Public Treasury with a result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy always followed by a dictatorship.”
“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back into bondage.”
— Alexander Fraser Tytler – The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Democracy
Back to “The Dumbest Generation” and how stupid the under 30 kids are. I will read a number of passages from this book.
Global warming is dumping snow on Fort Collins.
High self-esteem, but low intelligence. We need to stop repeating “you’re special” to them. When kids are young they find disappointment in the world and they can’t handle it. They believe they are the centre of the universe, but then they go out into the world and encounter real diversity, when they encounter people who disagree with them, they can’t handle it. All through school parents, peers and teachers tell them how wonderful and precious they are, but when they get to the real world they find out it isn’t so.
They, like the people I work for at CSU, are not capable of assessing their own skill levels. When they make mistakes they don’t see the mistakes. They are infatuated by their own perfection. They think they know everything and therefore will not try to learn anything new.
Below you see a resignation letter written by a college student about to graduate with a 4 year degree. This person has been told that he is special, believes that he is special and thinks that he deserves a well paying job.
Once you get into the real world you will find that things like math, reading, writing, history, comprehension skills – all of these things actually matter. And yet, students believe they will complete 4 years of college and many think they will go on to complete even more college – yet they don’t have the skills to be successful.
This is why the media doesn’t get Hussein Obama, they don’t understand math. How well are high school students prepared for college? Not well according to college professors, but very well according to high school teachers.
Most people are incapable of admitting they have fucked up. This is why they are failures. If you can’t realize you fucked up, you can’t learn from your mistakes.
The Medicated Generation gets it’s reference point not from the great thinkers of the past, but from it’s peer group. Their thinking is social and short-sighted. Their world consists of facebook, twitter, cell phones and ipods. They are isolated from the past, the great ideas and the ability to assess and understand current events. Yet these people believe they should be allowed to vote, and we let them vote, and we got Hussein Obama. They don’t talk with their friends about books, they don’t read books, they probably don’t know what a book looks like.
Our society has become so youth driven that “cool” is now defined as what young people are doing. The activities of mature people are looked down upon and the mature now strive to join the youth in their adolescent behaviour. Instead of being afraid the Medicated Generation will not find them “cool” the adults of the world need to grow up, pull their pants up, and kick the Dumbest Generation in it’s ass.
This generation lives in a world where everything is done for them. They have it so easy there is no need for them to think. Everything is given to them or provided free of charge. You can find a computer for free almost any place. They don’t even need the skills to earn money to buy a computer.
AND THEY ALL HAVE “ADD” AND “ADHD”! NO THEY DON’T, THEY HAVE TOO MUCH SCREEN TIME. TURN OFF THE COMPUTER AND TV. THEY WERE RAISED ON TV, THEY STAIR AT RAPIDLY MOVING PICTURES FOR HOURS OUT OF EVERY DAY. Turn off the electronic devices and put a book in their hand.
“I would never read something I disagree with.” So said to me a member of the Dumbest Generation. They clump together in small groups of people who all agree with each other. They never encounter new or different ideas. The Medicated Generation lives to satisfy their friends and peer group. Outside of that, nothing else matters.
These kids decided our last election, and they are going to decide the next one. We are fucked.