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I’m a bad poster. I’m not going back to look up the Twitter post that inspired this. I saw an interviewer on a college campus asking, “What are the biggest problems we face as a people?” And the two most popular answers were “sexism” and “racism.” And when asked how we could solve these problems, the student respondents had no idea. I didn’t want to risk watching the video again, let alone link to it.
So many of the worries of the young these days are just absurd. There were some who also said “Climate Change,” but fortunately none of them said “Equity.” To say that “sexism” and “racism” are the greatest problems shows such a breathtaking lack of knowledge about history, economics, and the current condition of the nation and the world… It’s all very, very sad.
As the principal says to Adam Sandler in Billy Madison, “What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.” But that’s not my quote of the day.
My quote comes from an Agatha Christie novel, The Murder at the Vicarage. I picked it up at a thrift store because of the clerical angle, not realizing it was the first Miss Marple novel. Miss Marple says she is quoting one of her aunts, “The young people think the old people are fools – but the old people know the young people are fools!”
This was said nearly a century ago. But now, it’s true.
Or maybe not. Do young people fill you more with hope or despair? Or something in between?Published in