Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Few Thoughts On Today's Adolescence

"Our youth love luxury, they have bad manners; contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. . .Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. . . They no longer rise when elders enter the room. . .They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers. . ."
I would think the above quote defines how most of the older generations perceive the younger generations. Interestingly enough, this quote is older than Jesus' birth. It's from a Greek philosopher Socrates (470 -399 BC).

Today's adolescence:
  1. is a relationship oriented world.
  2. seek an illusion of independence from adults.
  3. are struggling to establish identity/self-worth.
  4. live in an information overload world.
  5. struggle with the tension between head and heart.
  6. are attracted to rebellion and rejection.
  7. seek an idealistic world.
  8. are attracted to risk – “Playing with matches syndrome”
  9. desire a world of fun.
  10. have a large appetite for a world of fair play.

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