Listen to the message Don Tapscott leaves here in his brief plug for his new book:
When I was a freshman in high school, an odd, yet charismatic senior ran for student council president. Jake John Robert Hast was his name. I did not know him, never interacted with him, or even saw him much after that year. However, his speech contained an element I never forgot. He began his speech with this quote, stating that it was from an earlier generation:
I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words… When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and impatient of restraint.
Upon hearing it, I could hear my grandparent’s voices in it, and I could sense it came from a generation that sacrificed much for the liberties of my own future.
Jake then revealed that it was in fact from ca. 700 A.D. by a Roman poet and rhapsode named Hesiod. That moment made me forever suspicious of judging youth at media’s face value, and of resistance to change.
What do you feel about today’s youth? Do you agree with Tapscott, Hesiod or neither?