I was speaking at a Deanery Synod yesterday evening and talked about societies negative attitudes to young people …. something that frustrates me. I gave a few examples of the anti-youth sentiment that peppers media and community. Flicking through the paper today I see that Prince Philip, when asked about whether the DofE Award was still relevent after 50 years, is quoted as saying,
“The point is that young people are the same as they always were – they are just as ignorant”
Grrrrrrrr! I get so frustrated with the calls for a return to “respect” that is usually levelled at young people, when that respect is not extended to them. And while I’m ranting about this I’m also frustrated that the current Government waves flags about the need for respect ……. unless it’s someone who disagrees with them (82 year old hecklers being a case in point).
OOOOpppps that was all a bit ranty and unlike me but hey ho. The point is that calling for respect from young people is pointless if it’s not a value that society and ESPECIALLY those in power can enshrine and demonstrate themselves. It’s all a bit reminiscent of the Conservative campaign on morals (Back to Basics) that as it turned out was thought out by several promminent MP’s from their mistresses beds!