It does sicken me to think that this is the kind of mentality that the public school system is fostering, but then again, I believed lots of those liberal pie-in-the-sky fantasies when I was a child too. The liberal mentality is very easy to swallow for a high school kid: it's instantly gratifying and it requires self-hatred and a certainty that someone else is going to take care of you. What 17-year-old doesn't a) want to feel good fast b) hate themselves and c) expect someone else to clean up after them?
The only thing I take comfort in is that they will grow out of it like so many training bras. And it won't take much. The menstruation of responsibility and self-reliance will bust them straight into the C-cup of adulthood. Once mommy isn't around to provide them food and shelter, once they realize no one will like you more than you like yourself, and once they realize sometimes you actually have to work for things in your life, they'll realize they need to look out for number one before anyone else.
And they too will look at 17-year-olds, get angry, then shake their heads. It's like seeing a bunch of high schoolers being loud in a diner. Yeah, they're really annoying. But you did that in high school and you were damn cool doing it. I just need to keep that tsk, tsk thinking in my mind while I read these kids on debate.
Thank you. I feel much better. I be here all zee week.