Today’s youth dissatisfaction rooted in the baby boomer generation “longing into the system”



Apparently, today’s young people are unfriendly. Maybe you already knew. But, at least in Canada, they are also nihilists, according to a new Angus Reed / Cardas survey. Adults seem to have failed badly.

Don’t believe my words. More than half of the “young Canadian leaders” between the ages of 18 and 40 called the baby boomer heritage negative, and a quarter were very negative. They hate millennials even more, and almost half between the ages of 18 and 29 want to burn out society and start over. The same is true for 40 percent between the ages of 30 and 40.

You will want to make various unfriendly observations about these youthful leaders and the people who led them to this turmoil. And I do. Starting with the difficulty of explaining to those who are eager to start by throwing the lessons of history into a bonfire, the important lesson of history is that it is much easier to destroy than to create. ..

They don’t even seem to know that the baby boomers are already performing a nihilistic “long institution”. Conceived by communist student activist Rudi Dutschke in the 1960s, this work was quickly endorsed by Herbert Marcuse and others who were desperate for the working class to revolutionize because it was too bourgeois, and instead. The elite has decided that a rebellion should occur.

Did. The turmoil of the 1960s and the continued attacks on traditional ideas and institutions since then came from the inside, not the outside of the “Citadel of Power.” Therefore, today’s American “cultural war” is a coastal city working to revoke “gender essentialism” against critical race theory, climate change activity, and the friction of the hinterland still paying homage to the flag. Fall into the sophisticated people of.

That is not to be on your side. It is to state the facts. As I say, all this activism made young people angry and alienated. Where I agree is a question: who can blame them?

Orthodox people say they are right to be angry because society is oppressive, homosexual, racist and igniting the planet. Climate change is “the biggest problem facing Canada, chosen by respondents of all ages.” Oh, it’s original. But there is another possibility here.

They have probably been fooled by many things, such as hope, stable family structure, and political honor, so they are probably right to get angry. But above all, the truth. They were told by the elders that this was not the case, and were subsequently exposed to a depressed hypocritical claim that there was only one correct view of the important subject.

It has a twisted metaphysical logic. In the absence of truth, all “discourse” is a power struggle aimed at getting someone to endorse an idea as an act of pure and sneaky obedience, not because it is true. It was unforgettablely explained by Orwell in “1984”. There aren’t many new things in the sun. But it’s wearing novel clothes.

Indeed, it is wearing a uniform because it has not been disposed of to attack the established order.that teeth Established order. Teachers claim to foster originality uniformly, but with the exception of public universities, nowhere today is more unorthodox ideas welcomed than public schools. And, according to this survey, among young people, it is generally “correcting past mistakes of previous generations” (29%) or “building on the achievements of previous generations” (43% and multiples). It is the “leaders” who make their elders apes.

Angus Reed said various “psychographic questions … to gain leadership-related qualities identified in existing literature, such as ambition and ability to deal with stressful situations,” and “respondents contacted civil servants. I chose a sample from “to measure involvement” such as “whether or not I volunteered”. , Or participated in the protest. And here I thought you measured leadership by looking for people who were following them in some unconventional direction.

Not these people. They remind me of the ads I once saw in Ottawa. “You don’t follow trends, so you set them up,” he told the cookie cutter rebels. Or a crowd of “Life of Brian” who say, “Yes, we are all individuals.”

Well, I’m a crank that says “I’m not.” And Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, and Peter Sellers send cultural poposities to dredge and prove it on the old BBC’s “not only …” sketches. Berlin’s hostility to the established order of things in the 1930s. Yes, the radical and chic parody of 1965 goes back another 30 years.

Anger hostility to an established order is not distant and original. But they are aware that those who did not know it or were upset by the “existing order” of the 1930s were protesting crazy radicalism rather than suffocating traditionalism. Still, history can be repeated without you knowing it. And the ultimate irony here is the urge to correct it by repeating the mistakes of the baby boomer generation.

If young people want to reduce their anger and suffering, they should instead support the permanent and follow or guide the rebellion against the rebellion.

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John Robson


John Robson is a documentary filmmaker, National Post columnist, Dorchester Review contributor editor, and Executive Director of Climate Discussion Nexus. His latest documentary is “Environment: True Story”.