God Damned Unambitious Young People Make Me Furious
The problem with young people today is that they lack ambition.
When I was a lad, young people were driven to succeed. We weren’t satisfied with our lot in life – we hated our lot and worked like Hell to get a better one. Our lots were empty pockets, cabbage sandwiches and Friday night delousings with kerosene and a broken comb.
We had ambitions. Every lad in my class with a lick of smarts and an Anglo-Saxon last name believed he could be President and every gal felt she could silently support him in achieving it. As soon as we broke free of high school we strove for independence, success and a respectable amount of happiness.
But these young people today? They’re the most unambitious asshats to ever walk the face of the earth. They don’t strive for anything – and it’s because they’ve been given everything. All ambition means to them is the potential that they might have to get a job and pay for their own ski trips, laptops and anyexcuseforapalooza tickets instead of mooching them off their damned parents.
Just yesterday, I asked my neighbour what her idiot son was planning when he graduated high school and she told me that he’s taking a year off to vacation in Europe.
A year off? What the Hell is that? I took 3 weeks off in 1974 and that was only because I had a ruptured spleen, massive coronary and an out-of-state wedding to attend. And a year off from what exactly? Being driven to school in a Ford Windstar, trading hickeys and cribbing essays off the internet? He completed high school, not the 12 labors of Hercules for Christ’s sake.
In my day if you were 18 and went to Europe it was to fight the Nazis not to sample the hashish menu at the Mellow Yellow Coffee shop in Amsterdam and recover from the exhausting trials of being a damned teenager.
In my view, young people need to attack the future not run half way across the world to escape it and “find themselves.” All a youngster is going to find in Europe is socialized medicine, expensive gasoline and women that refuse to shave their underarms.
And if you do need a year off to recover from high school do us all a favour and stay the Hell overseas until you are able to manage a 4-hour work day without getting a nosebleed. Come back when you have some damned moxie and are ready to do more than just “kick back” and watch your life drift idly by.
They lack ambition. That’s the problem with young people today.