Regarding the Aug. 5 Life, etc. article “Raleigh author wants to cure ‘Me, me, me’ epidemic”: The writer’s advice reminded me of a parental advice column I read in the N&O in the 1990s. Its basic message was that kids these days don’t listen to their parents, feel like they are the center of the universe and don’t work hard enough. The column continued that parents should be strict and discipline their children properly. The author included the well-worn platitude that if kids these days were like kids of previous generations, we wouldn’t have all these problems.
It was the last statement that made my mouth fly open. It said this advice was originally written and published in the 1890s.
I have worked with adolescents and college students for many years. I have found the younger generation to be hard working, enthusiastic and independent. I can imagine the same book and column written in 2115 saying that kids these days don’t listen to their parents, drive their space cars recklessly and don’t hang up their spacesuits when they get home. If only kids today were like the kids of yesteryear.