(originally published January 20, 2010)
There's a study out from San Diego State University saying children and young adults today are the most anxious and depressed of the last seventy years.
I'm not surprised at all. Having too many choices is chaos. Morals and values have been sacrificed in favor of infamy and fortune. When sports heroes are infamous and rich because they took drugs to increase their performance, that is demoralizing to kids who work hard to aspire to athletic greatness simply by practicing a lot. When other young people get famous for flaunting drugs and anti-social behavior, it makes it difficult for the kids who simply work hard.
When you have a major Hollywood producer/director putting together a movie to excuse and explain Hitler (in context, he says), you have a generation that has no clear understanding of evil.
When you have military dying in the fields of foreign countries because we are at war with a religious ideology that wants to terminate western civilization, and one of their combatants is caught and tried only as a common criminal, you have a generation that is confused.
When you have a culture that does not support the basic building block of education – the family – we have children turning to equally confused peers and pop culture.
When the people in positions of power, authority and fame turn out to be of little character, you have a generation that doesn’t know what to respect or whom to emulate.
It all matters.
Our kids pay the price.