Young people will not cope

The younger generation which is going to live the future will not cope.

With oil depletion and climate change hurtling down from that future, the only questions is, ‘how will many survive to carry on however hopelessly?’

Some of my generation have done our best but not enough. Why is youth so unprepared?

Capitalism is the pied piper leading them in an hypnotic dance.

To appreciate such power, two recent simple but striking examples:

First, the Pokémon craze, no madness. No one needs it yet pays huge sums for something which, far from being rare, is mass-produced.

Second, the EU referendum.

The Remain camp bitterly accused Brexit of deciding our kids’ future, quoting that 75 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds had voted to remain.

Snag, only 36 per cent of them had actually voted.

The other day, the Pope appealed to young people. No go. Apathy induced by the pied piper’s expensive trinkets trumps God.

Are things any different locally?

The town centre, and even further out, is crumbling.

What’s left of our pavements and roads is fractured, dirty and stinks.

Some pavements have become obstacle courses with frontages extending two-thirds across.

Then there are cyclists - aggressive - but concentrate on those ‘tanks’. I mean mobility scooters which are big, heavy and driven at speed.

Their owners appear oblivious to pedestrains, including in shops, and cause obstruction.

What does youth have to say on any of this?

Judging by the boy-racers, these kids who race up and down roads at all hours - no silencers, nothing.

The future is hurtling towards us, in cases already impacting. We can either meet it or be hit by it.

Unfortunately, our kids can’t see that.

Stephen Jackson

Albert Road


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