Progressivism has done a great disservice to young people. Past generations were concerned about preparing youth for the harsh, real world. Nowadays, the Left is all about creating “safe spaces.” Our society is becoming filled with infantile adults.
A famous set of “Rules for Adults,” sometimes attributed to Bill Gates, is just what the Doctor ordered for liberal snowflake millennials. It tells kids to grow up, toughen up, and get used to hard work! That’s what today’s youth really need to hear!
Rule #1 is the basis for it all: “Life is not fair.” This is something that should be engraved on the head of every kid. It’s how the real world operates, and it’s the complete opposite of the fairy-tale entitlement mentality taught by the Left.
In this world, nothing is a given. Nature is inherently indifferent to the human situation. Your needs and wants aren’t satisfied by force of magic “just because.” For anything good to happen, you have to make it happen.
Everything requires work. The luxuries we’re born into ( house, a clean city, roads) required the work of somebody else. Our society, as a whole, requires the collective work of everybody in it to continue and grow.
These “Rules for Adults” also emphasizes the importance of setting realistic expectations. Kids think they’re going to get fame and fortune without so much as lifting a finger. Anybody who’s made it in life knows you have to start small.
Often, that means doing jobs that others might see as menial, such as flipping burgers. There’s nothing wrong with flipping burgers. Every job–no matter how small–leads to something bigger and better. You improve in life by moving from one opportunity to the next.
Parents deserve their kids’ respect. Often, young people treat their parents like oppressors, even though many times the opposite is true; it’s the parents who are marginalized. Moms and dads sacrifice their wants and interests to provide for their kids. The “Rules for Adults” says:
“Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes, and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents’ generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.” BOOM!
Rule 10 tells kids to learn the difference between TV and real life. In this crazy world warped by the Leftist media, there are far too many people who think they’re living in a work of fiction. Look at all the “resistance” kids going against Donald Trump. They imagine themselves in the world of Star Wars or Harry Potter fighting a super villain. It’s pathetic!
Liberals are creating a loser culture. Instead of letting kids learn through failure, they’ve removed the possibility of failure. It’s all about not hurting anyone’s feelings. But how will a child learn to ride a bike without scraping his knee a few times?
We need to go back to the time when our society fostered excellence. Sure, there was a fear of failure, but that’s what made success more rewarding. No more safe spaces! Let’s return to being a nation of real men and women.