Is it just me, or has the whole world degenerated into its second childhood. From the checkout lane at Wal-Mart to the halls of the US Congress, it seems to be getting harder and harder to find an adult these days. I feel like a popular pediatrician – perpetually surrounded by children.
I went into a McDonalds this last summer and ordered a regular hamburger. I was advised by the woman behind the counter that she was participating in a "sit down" strike because McDonalds wasn't paying her a "living wage." Whatever happened to the adult responsibility to honor your commitment to a contract you made – to discharge the services you promised for the wage you agreed to accept? To whine that you're being cheated in doing something you freely agreed to do is childish and dishonest.
And at the other end of the socio-economic scale, we have a President who is not only prone to throwing childish tantrums when he doesn't get his way, he is hung up on the childhood game of "follow the bouncing ball," to the exclusion of fulfilling the adult responsibilities of the job for which he was hired.
Washington DC is, in fact, one of the few places in the world where a supposed adult can get by with such extremely juvenile behavior. The city is a hotbed of immaturity, with Harry Reids in knickers lying with impunity and Nancy Pelosis in pinafores whining that the Republicans don't play fair. And when anyone threatens the security of their playpen, they scream insulting epithets at them.
But Washington certainly does not have a monopoly on adolescence. The black community is awash in it – from their child-like delight with baubles from Uncle Sugar to the mindless rage of Negro riots. "If I don't get my way, I'm gone bust up whitey's stores and steal whitey's stuff!" And then they express indignation when someone calls them "boy."
Nor is the white community immune. there are purportedly intelligent and educated adults within my circle of acquaintances who still harbor beliefs in the global warming goblin, Santa Clause government, and the tooth fairy media.
I may be wrong, but I believe much of the childishness in our society originates in our schools. I went to a parochial school in an era when, if you went home and told your mother you got a spanking from the principal, you got another spanking from your father.
Today our kids are given "participation trophies" and are denied achievement awards. Our children are being prevented from learning competition and pride of accomplishment, characteristics essential to adulthood. And ED (Educational Dysfunction) edicts such as "it's not important if the child gets the right answer to a math problem, so long as he feels good about how he got the answer" are teaching only irresponsibility.
Schools today seem intent on cranking out intellectually and morally incompetent grown up children. And their parents, products of the same "educational" system, have become complicit in the farce.
But hey, what do I know? I'll be 81 in March, and from my superannuated perspective, everything seems childish.