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What has happened to our youth and their behaviour, we ask?

An inscription on a 6000-year-old tomb in Egypt: "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.

Plato, 340 BC: "What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets, inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?"

Socrates 390 BC: “The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”

Aristotle 384-322 BC : "Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing".

Peter the Hermit (1274 AD): "The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. . . . . . As for the girls, they are forward, immodest and unladylike in speech, behaviour and dress."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832): "Even if the world progresses generally, youth will always begin at the beginning, and the epochs of the world's cultivation will be repeated in the individual".


ah to be young again
: )
I know the older people despaired when I was young. We had no respect for authority, flaunted laws and proper attire and grooming, and listened to music that was revolutionary and incendiary. But now, from the viewpoint of being over 60, I think we were just one more generation who needed to find our own way. It seems to be the way of youth and I doubt that will ever change.

- Erulisse (one L)
And the more things change, the more they stay the same.
If you'll excuse me turning to fiction, here's some Shakespeare to add to your quotes:
Shepherd: I would there were no age between ten and three and twenty, or that youth would sleep out the rest; for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting—

Edited at 2017-03-14 18:49 (UTC)
The youth, behaving as they do since... there was an older generation to disapprove...