The Youth of Today

I mentioned in my last post an elderly member of the church bemoaning some of the looser, modern attitudes. Such attitudes are not uncommon among elderly members of churches (and not always unwarranted) – and not uncommon throughout history.

O tempora o mores

– Oh the times! Oh the customs!

Cicero

I have just happened to browse  a column from my MP in the local free paper – and it rather brilliantly brings together some historical quotations of people despairing of the youth of the day:

We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit taverns and have no self-control.

It could have been spoken today, but it actually comes from an inscription in a 6,000 year-old Egyptian tomb. Here’s another:

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.

That one is from Socrates, the great ancient Athenian philosopher.

Such quotations are always good to have up your sleeve the next time your grandparents tick you off.

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