Is it just me or do people become more right wing in their political outlook as the get older? My mother seems to be turning into Norman Tebbit! Perhaps what actually happens is that we start to consider life from our own perspective more as we are exposed less and less to people who are different from us. We move in a world of our own creation with people we choose to share time and space with.
I had great pleasure in telling Attila the Mum that it was all her generation’s fault. All that love and peace and stuff. Now her Baby Boomer generation are reacting against all that with ASBOs and blaming their gen X kids for their lack of ‘parental responsibility’.
There seems to be a great rush to demonise young people, as though they are aliens who are beamed into our communities at night. Kids roam the streets while adults stay inside their homes watching TV and complain that kids have nothing to do.
Perhaps this is because adults have forgotten that all the activities they enjoyed as kids were run by volunteers. People like them who gave up their time to pass on skills and knowledge to young people and to spend time with them? It’s just a thought…