America and the entitled

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There was also a BBC article for this which this article links to. But if the writers for this see what I see when people in my generation write something there would be no way it could be said to be better. I’m not saying this applies to everyone, but it can be seriously bad.  I’m all for confidence, but where’s the effort it took to attain it? Congrats for being able to copy and paste. I remember the shift to internet. Once you had to find your information by books and encyclopedias. Now you can find information for any point of view with a click of a button. Internet masters!  I was also guilty of this. But the perceived and the reality do not mesh and I think this is a factor. When you copy and paste you don’t need to worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar, or syntax. It’s done for you. There’s also the lovely red underline that let’s you know you spelled something wrong and instead of having to re-write it you just click on the word continually enabling you to not know how to spell it.

But can we ponder for a moment for how we got to the entitled generation?  My theory is that those of us who have no connection to previous wars like WW2 being raised by those of us who have. The mentality is going to be totally different. If you’ve gone through a war where there was a meager supply of everything, you become much more self-sufficient. You do more things for yourself and for others. You fix what is broken. You save. You stretch. You make it work. This help is not helping those of us who haven’t had that experience. It is now the mentality of someone else will take care of it. Buy not fix. Spend and look the part. The hard working generation has been picking up a lot of the slack. Does anyone else not worry about the day they’re all gone? All the knowledge they gained from having to do things for themselves and why something is done a certain way and they probably know a different way just in case.  Not many people want to know the whys any more just the hows so they can get it done.

Well, I’ll get off my soapbox now.

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About D.Dinius

I am big on education, animals, and nature. So following that sentence I think it's important to be smart and animals and nature bring clarity and a calmness to things. I am new to actually paying attention and having opinions. This has been building well for about the last year. :)

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  1. I’m somewhat of an old timer at UC Davis and many of the students that presently go there are awfully self-absorbed. Having an internet access doesn’t make you a doctor, lawyer, or a philosopher. You can usually spot these kind of folks when they’re just citing “facts” and numbers instead of formulating independent thought. They’re more focused on making you sound foolish than constructively contributing to anything. /rage

    • Agreed! Though I haven’t been in a college for a while, I see that happening in many places. Only lately do I respect the attempt of my elementary school for trying to make us not use calculators and do the problem ourselves. Though it seriously sucked then (I still suck at math). Then came jr. high and high school where they were used all the time. And I don’t know how many times I found an answer to a question in the book and copied it word for word. I got good grades for it, but I never learned anything. It was never encouraged to connect the dots or ask whys. All I needed were names and dates and what their thing was and never remembered it longer than it took to pass the test. None of it meant anything to me so I didn’t bother to really focus on it. So while I’m glad I bypassed the self-absorbed crap, I could’ve easily been a “fact” regurgitator since that’s what I was “trained” for. It’s mind boggling that so many people think it means something. I thank you for helping me on my road of independent thought. 🙂

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