The highest of characters, in my estimation, is as ready to pardon the moral errors of mankind, as if he were every day guilty of some himself; and at the same time as cautious of committing a fault as if he never forgave one.
- Pliny the Younger, Roman Orator (62-113 A.D.)
Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.
Ah, the kids of today, let me tell ya . . . I don’t know who this Socrates guy who said it is, but if that quote doesn’t just nail it when it comes to the kids of today . . .
What’s that you say? You’re saying this Socrates guy lived almost twenty-five-hundred years ago? Seriously?
Yeah, seriously. How incredible is that? Add a bit about sagging pants and non-stop texting and that is exactly the kids of today.
I’m pretty sure most people think there are a lot more rude kids these days then back when we were kids, but when you realize that Socrates was complaining in the same way almost 2,500 years ago, you have to wonder, maybe it’s not the kids of today so much as the constant state of how older generations view the young.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Gotta cut this short, damn kids are making a ruckus on the lawn again. I wonder how Socrates sounded yelling “Get off of my lawn!” in Greek.