Anybody else see a constant barrage of posts on their Facebook wall, talking about how things were so much better in the old days, when things were simpler, and the youth weren’t so lazy? These posts make liberal use of American flags, generic outdoor scenes, and minions?
Just stop. Don’t be one of these people. You are just old. You used to laugh at your parents and grandparents for saying this very thing to you. Don’t you remember? Probably not, because you are so OLD.
Here are some examples from the article when young people were terrible:
Those damned books:
“CORRUPTED THE MORALS OF MANY A PROMISING YOUTH”
In the 1790 book Memoirs of the Bloomsgrove Family, Reverend Enos Hitchcock wrote,
The free access which many young people have to romances, novels, and plays has poisoned the mind and corrupted the morals of many a promising youth; and prevented others from improving their minds in useful knowledge. Parents take care to feed their children with wholesome diet; and yet how unconcerned about the provision for the mind, whether they are furnished with salutary food, or with trash, chaff, or poison?
Curse you Chess!
“A MERE AMUSEMENT OF A VERY INFERIOR CHARACTER”
In its July 1859 issue, Scientific American rallied against a wicked game that made both the mind and body weaker—chess:
A pernicious excitement to learn and play chess has spread all over the country, and numerous clubs for practicing this game have been formed in cities and villages…chess is a mere amusement of a very inferior character, which robs the mind of valuable time that might be devoted to nobler acquirements, while it affords no benefit whatever to the body. Chess has acquired a high reputation as being a means to discipline the mind, but persons engaged in sedentary occupations should never practice this cheerless game; they require out-door exercises–not this sort of mental gladiatorship.
There are other examples in there. It’s a fun read. Just don’t do this. Let the young be young. They are gonna make mistakes and do stuff you probably did but your selective memory forgets. It’ll be okay.