AIBU to think children are now in charge
Itsmeagainandagain · 01/04/2021 07:25
The school kids protesting in London, how things have changed when we were children we done what we were told, now the kids are laying down the law and dictating to adults.
We already know children know they are above the law and untouchable, we had Greta Thunburg blame the older generation for all the faults of planet earth.
AIBU to think that children are being disrespectful and have no idea how the real world works? These are the same children who would be in floods of tears screaming if you changed the WiFi password to their gadgets, WiFi that us adults work to pay for!!
Am I being unreasonable?AIBU
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Sirzy · 01/04/2021 07:31
Surely it’s being disrespectful to assume that due to their age they can’t understand issues in the world?
Given the images we have seen in the past few days of atrocious littering I think the more young people stand up for things like environmental issues the better
BendingSpoons · 01/04/2021 07:32
The 'young' have always been more idealistic as a generalisation, that's nothing new. And it's a good thing. It's healthy for society to have people challenging the status quo and make us all think. As someone with a busy job and young family, I haven't got the energy, so I'm thankful for those who do.
gildalilly · 01/04/2021 07:34
Younger people rising up and demanding change is the only real hope I have for this country. I love the fact that they call out what's wrong and I wish I'd had the same spirit when I was their age. I hope that they continue in an effort to make the world a better place.
HamFisted · 01/04/2021 07:35
Well, the older generations are at fault. In a few years, the younger generation will be old enough to be at fault too and a new young generation will be protesting.
And the cycle will continue until the inevitable mass extinction event. And the generation who are young at that time will be protesting then too.
Camomila · 01/04/2021 07:36
I think Greta Thumburg is to be admired.
It's always been mainly that teens and young adults protested...they have more spare time, tend to be fitter and healthier (to stand around for ages), and don't have jobs yet that they are scared of losing (eg, if they get arrested).
There are plenty of adults who care about social issues too...we just find it impractical to bring a toddler up to London with us etc. and sign petitions instead.
Stickytreacle · 01/04/2021 07:38
Sorry, posted too soon! The same generation are the ones who would have to accept not using a car and walking more, not eating meat, not buying new and recycling more, conserving water and heating etc. forgoing foreign holidays, eating seasonally, locally produced food... Can't see it happening!
Countrygirl2021 · 01/04/2021 07:40
I agree that it can be a bit toe curling to see the late teen/ early 20's brigade finding their cause and yelling in an emotive idealistic manner.
It's just a developmental stage though. Finding yourself and something to attach yourself to and become impassioned by.
I agree with the cause. I recycled etc long before it was fashionable and still get irritated that most of our high streets don't have recycling bins. However, I don't think they do themselves favours in how they go about their need for change.
Northernsoullover · 01/04/2021 07:41
I remember protesting about anything and everything as a teen. I even went to Glasgow to join an anti poll tax demonstration (I live down south). Ban the bomb, protests about housing being built on green space are others. Now I protest from the comfort of my home (petitions, letters) but my son has started going to some.
LakieLady · 01/04/2021 07:43
I think it's fantastic that young people are speaking out for change, it gives me hope for the future.
pointythings · 01/04/2021 07:49
Respect has to be earned. Protest is a right in a democracy - treasure it, we won't be allowed it for much longer. Climate change is a thing.
You sound utterly clueless and not very pleasant. Fortunately not all old people are like you. And young people protesting climate change give me hope. I'm 53.
GreenDragon2 · 01/04/2021 07:51
I'm early 20s - dont have a car, dont eat meat or animal products, haven't been on a plane for years.. and I think most people try to recycle and conserve energy. I'm not perfect, but I think lots young people do try with many of these areas!
Just look at what a big market vegan/free from food has become - that's young people changing their diet and its having a real impact
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