… and I am going to make a point of using them every time I come across someone hand-wringing or pearl-clutching about how everything’s going to hell in a handcart, and it’s all the fault of those beastly young people, who don’t know any morals and are just awful, awful people, unlike what it was like back in the day when they knew manners and were respectful to their elders etc, etc.
I’ve acquired these quotes from a comment (4th down, left at 1402 on 13th January – I wish Blogger let you link to individual comments) by XiXiDu on a blogpost by Neuroskeptic. See, I told you he was one of my favourite bloggers…
What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?
Plato, 428-347 BC
When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and impatient of restraint.
Hesiod, circa 8th Century BC
We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit taverns and have no self control.
Inscription on a 6,000 year old Egyptian tomb
Isn’t that brilliant? 6,000 years ago, back at the very dawn of civilisation, people were saying that the glory-days were gone, and it was all the fault of the beastly young people who didn’t respect their elders like they used to back in the day etc, etc.
Maybe we should amend the statement ‘Death and taxes are the only certainties in life’ to read ‘Death and old people bitching unfairly about the young are the only certainties in life’…