Read it and cry. I certainly did.
The fun thing is that as good as my parents were…I am circling the drain as we speak struggling to escape the whirlpool of failure that is consuming young people these days because, though my parents tried to push me into the labor force to teach me about the importance of hard work…NO ONE WOULD HIRE ME for more than a day at a time. Why?
Say it again…because modern parents are idiots. Bare with me, I’ll explain the connection.
The same attitude that causes “Nick” in the other post to sneer at someone who would try to make his kids earn some money while still in school (calling childhood work “slave labor” and saying such things were tantamount to child abuse) also convinced millions of modern parents to vote for lawmakers supporting laws such as:
- Child labor restrictions so strict that even in farming communities, kids have a hard time breaking into the farming way of life and getting paid for it
- Minimum wage laws that do not have exceptions for children (if you could pay a kid half of what you pau an adult to be a movie theater snack jockey or ticket ripper…your movie ticket would cost half as much and your 32 ounce soda would cost $1.50 instead of $5.75…and hey…I’d have gotten a job when I was 16!)
- Extensions of health insurance coverage to protect all of those boomerang kids until they’re 26
The point is…because modern parents are very…very stupid…a whole generation has now grown up in a world where the expectation is that kids will live the high life and be provided for either by relatively well-to-do parents or by the government when the parents struggle financially. This continues right up through college when kids get up to 47 THOUSAND dollars in college loans paid for by EVERYONE in the form of higher tuition and national debt at the same time (how is THAT a good thing?) so that they can go to college even if they don’t have a strong desire to do so. ANd while there…they are coddled and live the high life AWAY from home…having to do none of the work to support themselves but thinking that they’re all grown up. Time was that if you wanted to go to college, you worked HARD to pay for it. My Mom worked three jobs to go to the University of Utah for a year. But…I had no concept of this…I went to college and pissed away 40 thousand dollars to nearly fail out the first time I tried. But I was “gifted” so I got second chances. Lucky me. Most kids won’t be so lucky. Now that I’m finally having to learn about how hard it is to survive on my own (and not entirely succeeding, mind you)…I really wish I hadn’t had it so easy all those years.