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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".


The youth, behaving as they do since... there was an older generation to disapprove...