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Generation Mean

If it were only one person, you would be safe in thinking either that person were narcissistically psychotic or suffered from bad parenting. But it seems generation-wide, the inability to take anything remotely critical as an assault requiring return fire. Not for the current crop of 20-somethings to ever say please, thank you or – ghod forbid – sorry. If they are in the wrong and someone is foolish enough to either request correction or apology, the sole response seems full-scale counterattack. Apparently the lesson of Proverbs 15:1 “a soft answer turneth away wrath” has fallen on deaf ears. Or perhaps the need to be always in the right has become their existential core.

The most recent instance of this was a downstairs neighbor whose barbeque grill had so totally smoked out my place that I assumed the building was on fire. Racing, teary eyed and burning lungs, to find the source I discovered his massive patio grill billowing smoke upwards and asked him to turn it down. His reply? How dare I let my fern droop 3 inches into view of his patio (because who wants greenery blocking his lack of view).

If you think the Tea Party are a bunch of deluded, childish morons, I suspect Generation Mean bodes ill for the future governance of whatever is left of this country.


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Sep. 5th, 2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
Since this posting, I witnessed more of this strange behavior. How is it that a simple, "I'm sorry, I will rectify" has morphed into a virulent personal assault questioning your psychological health. And this is not simply that I am a woman who stands up for herself. I have heard from others that, instead of an even dishonest apology, they have been on the receiving end of "you must have emotional issues to have pointed out my crass behavior."

Long ago, I learned that the hallmark of the criminal mind is the inability to accept responsibility for the outcome of one's behavior. This new twist fully assigns blame to the innocent party instead of life (shit happens), bad timing (he just happened to get in the way), or mistake (if she had only handed me the money, I would not have had to shoot).

This all seems timed with a trend in parenting about 20 years ago that insisted childrearing required feeding the ego rather than teaching it to mediate with its environment. Now we are reaping the whirlwind of adults who become hysterical and vituperative if their perfection is ever questioned.
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