Pontifications along a road less travelled. Kids today, they show no respect.



I realise I don’t count. Brought up outside town I was driving tractors at the age of eight. At the age of fifteen I just walked out of a whole class detention at 3:45pm precisely explaining that some of us had work to do. I’d promised my father I’d start milking because he needed to go to a farm sale to try and buy something. So I courteously told the teacher that if this was a problem they’d have to take it up with him. (They never did.)
But something is going wrong.
Let’s get one thing straight here. It’s not the kids that are going wrong. They only know the way they were brought up. So what are the parents doing wrong?
And how exactly did the grandparent generation screw up to produce the parents?
I was reading a post somebody had made on their facebook page which, thanks to the wonder of algorithms, turned up on my wall. Effectively what had happened is that he’d gone to the Britain First (or some other such facebook group he found nasty and unpleasant.) When you go to a new group, facebook tell you which of your friends liked the group. He’d discovered that he’d several ‘facebook friends’ who were in the group so he immediately unfriended them.

And then proceeded to brag, virtuously, about his deed.

So out of curiosity I went to the same group, and lo, it was true. There was a list of my ‘facebook friends’ who’d liked the group. I looked at the list, nodded and moved on.

Then below his post I commented that, yes, I’d done the same. He immediately replied with, “Did you ‘unfriend them.’

To which I replied, ‘No, they’re real people, I know them in the real world.”

I did. They were decent young men. The sort of lads who, if they found you’d dropped your wallet, would have raced after you to hand it back. They’re in work and they’re hard working. Some of them are in retail, putting up with a lot of gobby crap from people of their parent’s generation who’ll complain about them without even raising their eyes from their phones as they do it.

These are the ones who’ll be working to contribute towards my state pension should the government ever deign to pay me one. They’re the ones we send to unpleasant parts of the world to die because some muppet in Westminster feels the urge to ‘send out a message.’ I’m not sure any more of how many friends I have with PTSD!


But anyway, just a thought; if you want people to respect you, how about being worthy of respect?



At this point I’ll normally try and sell you a book. But you know what. Somehow I just haven’t got it in me. If you want to do me a favour, when you’re in the coffee shop or supermarket or whatever, just put your phone away and chat pleasantly with the young person who’s serving you. Show them how a proper adult behaves.

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16 thoughts on “Pontifications along a road less travelled. Kids today, they show no respect.

  1. The Story Reading Ape July 9, 2018 at 9:36 am Reply

    Well said, Jim 👍

  2. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt July 9, 2018 at 11:03 am Reply

    Those younger people will be taking care of me in the retirement community. And they have interesting lives. Why would I want to be on a phone?

    • jwebster2 July 9, 2018 at 3:19 pm Reply

      absolutely, that’s what being in a community of any sort is about!

      • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt July 9, 2018 at 4:02 pm

        I’m just worried they’re not being paid enough for what they do. Low-skilled jobs aren’t the best places to get ahead.

      • jwebster2 July 9, 2018 at 6:41 pm

        Low paid and low skilled are not necessarily the same. Some skills are just not valued

      • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt July 9, 2018 at 7:35 pm

        True: writers are often ‘low paid,’ but only sometimes ‘low skilled.’ Whether their skills are valued…

      • jwebster2 July 9, 2018 at 7:36 pm

        yes that’s a very different matter

      • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt July 9, 2018 at 7:38 pm

        We’re supposed to do it for the love.

      • jwebster2 July 9, 2018 at 7:51 pm

        is that ‘love’ as in the tennis score? 😦

      • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt July 9, 2018 at 10:43 pm

        I have never understood tennis scoring – and they like it that way.

      • jwebster2 July 10, 2018 at 6:27 am


  3. M T McGuire July 9, 2018 at 5:14 pm Reply

    Love that. Very good. I have difficulty understanding why anyone would join Britain First because I have this stupid compulsion to try and love my neighbour as myself. But yes I fail to understand why folks are so down on the young. If anything I worry that our young people are far too polite and not nearly badly behaved enough on the one side and full blown criminals and thugs at the other. With nothing in the middle between … like American kids.

    • jwebster2 July 9, 2018 at 6:43 pm Reply

      some of the problem is that our society has become so fractured, and it isn’t the young who fractured it

  4. M T McGuire July 9, 2018 at 5:15 pm Reply

    Ps unfriending is petty. Boasting about it is unbelievably petty.

    • jwebster2 July 9, 2018 at 6:43 pm Reply

      I agree with you. I failed entirely to show any respect for the options he set forth as, in his opinion, the only possible way forward 🙂

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