Oh, those kids today! | VailDaily.com

Oh, those kids today!

Don Rogers

Seems these silly stories show up with the emergence of each new generation.Happened with the Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y and now the Entitled Generation, the kids these days coming out of college and into the work force.Sure enough, The Associated Press on cue did the obligatory story: “Those kids today.”The refrain should be familiar. These kids, they want to make big bucks and have the good jobs, be the boss or whatever. They just don’t want to have to put in the work to get it. Here’s the big indictment: They just want to have fun. Never before have kids wanted so much and yet are so unwilling to pay their dues. Yada. Yada. Yada.Well, duh!The Baby Boomers, horrible! Didn’t even want to bother cutting their hair. The hippies became yuppies, and then bemoaned their own self-indulgent, lazy, slacker kids. Their parents are still chuckling.Now the early Baby Boomers’ slacker kids are having kids. Meantime, the latest crop of spoiled rotten, lazy brats who want to rule the world right now are joining the real world.Of course, the curse of the generations goes back well before the Baby Boomers fouled the nest. Basically, civilization has been going to hell in a handbasket for, oh, about 4,000 or more years now.What do you think Rodin’s “Thinking Man” was thinking about? Those damn kids, of course. And “The Scream”? And yet … And yet, despite some notable down periods, the succeeding generations improve upon the earlier ones in nearly all ways. How is that? How does each generation, more spoiled rotten than the previous one, also grow up and outdo their parents? And then gripe about their kids’ generation? Vail, Colorado

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