I’m not old. I might be old to a little kid, but for everyone else – I’m a young guy. That being said, I find myself acting more and more like the cliche old person, saying things like, “You know, in my day…”. But things have changed so much since I was a kid. Everything moves much faster, and changes that normally would have taken generations to take place, now happen within a few years. I’m sad to say that I truly believe I came in on the tail end of kids growing up with any balls.
I mean that in the most pleasant way. I don’t want to sound crude, or turn people off. I really think that’s the best way to put it. Kids don’t have balls anymore. Not only do I witness it, have evidence of it, and can prove it, but I also think I know the cause. As always, things that don’t seem related are. History matters, and everything we’re seeing today – the pussification of kids – started decades ago.
Remember the ’60s? I don’t. I wasn’t there. But I’ve heard about them. It was time when our country was divided. We were divided not only by soldier vs hippie, or black vs white, but also by man vs woman. The whole “stay in the kitchen” thing was no longer popular. Women everywhere were taking off their bras (YAY!) and burning them. Feminism was the new craze.
Now, I’m not a sexist. I don’t believe men are smarter than women, or that women should only perform housework. On the other hand, I do believe that nature is sexist. Men and women have differences besides their underwear. Their emotions, their hormones, the way they think. Men and women can be equal without being the same. But not everyone sees things this way. In fact, over time the character traits of men have been shunned, looked down on, and in schools they’re being taught against.
What exactly is going on? Well, little boys are forced to take classes where they sew quilts. Now, I have nothing against a boy who wants to sew, but let’s be real here. Boys don’t want to sew. They’re boys. Don’t treat them like girls! Boys like to run, jump, wrestle, play sports, and be physical. Girls like to talk, gossip, play house, and look at boys. Obviously these are generalizations, but the point is that boys and girls are NOT the same, and they shouldn’t be treated the same.
Hindsight is 20/20, though. Here we are. After all of our sensitivity training, our boy bashing, and our political correctness, what do we have? Kids are wimps. Tag is no longer allowed because it’s too violent. Keeping score in a sports game isn’t allowed because it makes winners and losers, and the losers might feel bad. What a joke! Back in my day we had dodgeball, kickball, soccer, and tetherball. (Remember tetherball? I loved tetherball!) But not any more. Kids today need to be sheltered and safe, away from the dark world looking to do them harm.
The truth is that the world isn’t going to change for these kids, and eventually they’ll get into the real world, not do well in a job interview and guess what – they’ll lose. They won’t get the job. Oh, poor baby! Life is tough.
But the wussification of kids has more dire consequences. I argue that because kids are so sensitive, lives are being lost. Back in my day we got into arguments, shouting matches, and fights. It was fine. There was a fight, and the next day we went back to school like normal. Nowadays kids get into a fight and the next day they come to school with a gun. What the hell?!?!
Bullying is normal. It happens with kids, and it happens in the real world. Protecting kids from bullying and conflicts doesn’t teach them to deal with it. In fact, it teaches them how not to deal with it. They build up anger every day until they explode – literally in some cases. What ever happened to popping someone in the nose when they pissed you off? Well, that was too extreme. So what have we replaced it with? Gunning down your classmates with a .22 pistol.
Yeah, I’m talking about the shooting in Ohio. What’s up with these kids? Shooting their classmates in the back? I mean, in the first place you ought to have the balls to just fight him with your fists. And if you’re going to gun him down, at least be a man about it and look him in the eye. Don’t shoot him in the back! Kids these days don’t even know how to do a proper execution!
Everything has changed, and it’s not changing for the better. We’ve replaced widespread minor violence, with less common deadly violence. Are these kids lives worth some other kids’ false sense of self esteem? When we make our children into wimps, are we doing them any kind of service, or are we setting them up for failure and disappointment?