Thanks for the post Niklas. While I agree that much of our generation of “young people” struggles with the process of maturation — to be able to “handle real life” — I do have some criticism for the argument here.
When you start making things relative to others, without considering context of circumstance, you kind of lose the power of the argument. You don’t actually know what is “hard” for all people, so functionally the argument doesn’t work. While many of us, a majority even, may agree that one thing is “harder” than the next, for the most part this would be speculation. Few, if any, would know exactly what it would be like to be person experiencing said hardship.
Fortunately, or unfortunately, feeling is relative. Therefore, so is experience. I’m not one to say war-time life is harder or easier than life post-stroke, or life with down syndrome, or life with a family who’s exiled you. Why? Because I’ve not experienced them. And even if I had, my measurement of “difficulty” would only be relative to my experience.
There are a lot of posts floating around generalizing the behavior of “this young generation,” and I’m fearful they are sending the wrong message.
People’s behavior is often derived from the story they’re telling themselves. The more we continue to tell these generations that they’re lazy, entitled and weak, the more they’ll tell themselves this is the truth, and the less they’ll “fix it,” if there’s something to “fix.” Statistics on programs for drug or pregnancy prevention in youth are a perfect example of this phenomenon. Programs that “educate them” on how to “not do the ‘bad things’” only increase their risk for the undesirable “behavior.”
I appreciate you expressing yourself, but be wary of generalizations if you’r looking to make a point. You do not know the full potential of human hardship, and sure, we have lives of privilege, but this is a bit to broad-stroke. I’m just not sure this is the way to make the argument.
I would perhaps switch the perspective to say that we’ve acknowledge that the process of maturation has seemed to slow or come to a halt in much of the “young people” in which you’re referring to, likely affecting their ability to participate in daily life without experiencing “hardship.” This addresses the root cause of the problem you’re mentioning, rather than directly blaming the people. Just a thought :)
As always, thanks for the read!