2017-12-29 / Commentary

The Future Snowflakes

It’s not a criticism; It’s an observation
Mike Cox

During a recent conversation, my son Chad blamed one of America’s current idiocies on participation trophies. I disagreed with him; explaining in that particular case the responsible party is the nation’s elected body of lawmakers, a group responsible for an enormous amount of the country’s troubles; although, participation trophies can be blamed for much of the madness currently irritating nearly everyone who pays attention in this country.

The next morning, I read an article that claimed 64 percent of the nation’s youth felt being called the Snowflake Generation would cause them emotional ruin and the need for professional help. What a bunch of, oh never mind.

I’m beginning to wonder about the country’s future. I don’t mean immediate future. We’ll fight like cats and dogs for a while then someone in power will do something really stupid (I mean more stupid than the last year), and we will course correct for a decade or so.

I’m talking about the real future. I understand every time an old guy whines about the present generation, everyone younger than him rolls their eyes and makes old guy jokes.

But please understand, I’m not that guy. I remember my youth. I recall all the old guys back then who were convinced long hair, The Beatles, women plumbers, LSD, black quarterbacks, computers, and Catholic presidents would bring the whole planet down around our ears.

They were wrong. About everything. Just like their grandfathers were wrong and theirs were wrong, and so on and so forth. I like new stuff. I enjoy being able to have all the information ever discovered at my keyboard’s fingertips.

I like HDTV and several hundred channels, even if most of them televise crap. I like having to learn new stuff every five years or so to keep up. My issue isn’t things changing, its how no one appreciates how easy things are now.

There is a school in Charleston that teaches people the labor intensive craft required to repair older homes. When Hurricane Hugo hit, there weren’t any craft people around who knew old time, hands on techniques necessary for doing this type work. So a college was started to teach that again. Its still the only one in the country.

I read this very morning about the easiest way to peel a potato. Slice around the center, then boil with the skin on. After it cools, slide the skin of like a dirty sock. This part is good; saves time and effort. But the author pointed out how difficult it was to use a potato peeler. That is bad.

And earlier this week I discovered avocado growers are working on making a softer skin for their immensely popular food item because so many people are getting injured trying to peel them. Think about that.

Our recent ancestors lived their whole life fighting nature just to survive. They had no running water, electricity, or cell phones. They built the country we currently live in, and everything they did was life threatening. And we are raising a generation that’s about to raise another generation that can’t peel an avocado.

Glad I won’t be here to witness it.

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