I was pretty intrigued by this quote:
"Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers."
When I read it I got a knot in my stomach thinking, yes, this is exactly what is wrong with the children of today. However, the quote is attributed to none other than Socrates in the fifth century, B.C.
I think we all believe our problems, conflicts, and issues are new, but we are always talking about the same thing.
I saw on Jeannine's post that someone was griping that there are "too many poets, too many MFA programs, too many poems being written..." And this is a bad thing, how?
Perspective is an interesting thing. You can make anything appear to be good or bad. Someone's actions-- say your daughter is a little outspoken, is she assertive, strong and able to say her opinion or is she bossy, selfish, and only concerned with herself?
When we look at the world, sometimes we see what people tell us to see. Too many poets, too many poems, too many writing programs. I'm looking at the world and thinking there could be more-- poets, poems, and writing programs. There can more artists too. And girls who are not afraid to speak their minds. Boys too.
You can look out and scarcity or plenty. It's your choice.
I'm challenging myself today when I hear a negative to figure out the positive in it. Since I've been in a cranky mood this week, it's a good practice. I'll let you know how it goes. Why don't you try it too, tell me how it works out.
Post for tomorrow: The Two I's.