Cynicism: The Trend of Our Generation?

Discussion in 'Opinions, Beliefs, & Points of View' started by Zurkhardo, Sep 21, 2009.

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  1. Zurkhardo

    Zurkhardo Well-Known Member

    Does anyone else often feel that misanthropy and jadedness among the youth is increasingly auspiciously, even though much of the human condition has improved relative to history. Moreover, does anyone get the impression that much of this pessimism is more 'trendy' than genuine, derived from habit or imitation rather than deeper philosophical assessment?
  2. Aurora Gory Alice

    Aurora Gory Alice Well-Known Member

    I do.
    Just look at 'emo' culture for instance. That says it all.
  3. 12years

    12years Well-Known Member

    Hasn't it always been that way? I thought cynicism was expected of young people--one of those phases most people, for whatever reason, just have to go through.

    I agree that the "emos" are skewing the trend somewhat, although I always thought they were more about depressing music than about any philosophical view...
  4. Mikeintx

    Mikeintx Well-Known Member

    Not really, I think most people just have more outlets to release their inner emo. Take that added in with world class parenting skills and you have the world in front of us.
  5. Clockwork Reality

    Clockwork Reality Well-Known Member

    I believe that cynicism is increasing, and I can trace it back to one thing:

    Instant gratification.

    Think about it. Really, there's not much in our lives in developed countries that we can't have right away. You want some food? There's probably a McDonald's within five miles of you. You want a new DVD but can't afford it? Credit card. Horny? The internet's full of porn, and it's free. Want to take college classes? Hell, you don't even have to leave your house! Take them online!

    Overall, I believe that our youth are indoctrinated with this culture of instant gratification to the point that it becomes the norm and the expectation. When young men and women become adults and move from home for the first time, there's bound to be some disappointment and cynicism.

    I remember being in my first year of college, offering to put some coffee on for me and my roommate, and recoiling in horror when I saw curds floating in my coffee cup after I added milk. What the hell? Milk expires? Why didn't anybody ever tell me this?

    That's perhaps a minute and humorous example, but then extrapolate this outward into other issues. Scholarships, student loans, stress regarding family relationships--the majority of marriages end in divorce, after all--and you have only a few sane options left to you. You either take it all in kind, or you let it eat you alive. Ultimately, we're left with an extraordinaly dissatisfied youth undergoing a culture shock of their own, and combined with current political situations--two wars, economic collapse, economic debt, etc--cynicism is bound to be the norm among the young.

    Anyway, just my two cents. I don't believe that cynicism is a result of our youth going "off the rails" like many people like to say, but is reflection of shifting cultural mores in the face of an accelerrated political, technological, and social climate. I'm certain that I'll be complaining of my grandson's priorities when the time comes, just as my grandfather complains about mine. :cool:
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