Sticks & Stones: No Respect and There goes the Language

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 20th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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We have all seen them, young people that have no respect for others in their community, it sometimes seems that the best they can hope for is a future of drugs, depression, and dishonesty, not a great thing for the future of humanity. Our society needs to turn this trend around.

Sticks & Stones...

This series, sticks and stones, is about a number of challenges we face in modern society, many stemming from bad use of language and uncivilised behaviour. The other articles from this series are:

My eternal hope, that people be smarter in the their everyday lives.

English, a Flexible Language

One of the great things about the English language is how flexible it is, but one of the worst things about the English language is how flexible it is, unlike the rules associated with most European languages English is adaptable, yet that very adaptability is both good and bad and in some respects there seems to be a degeneration the more modern an era we move into. When our senior citizens were youngsters their upbringing and schooling were much stricter than is generally found today, but then respect was an important part of their lives and they were expected to respect their elders, respect authority and a part of this respect was in paying attention at school, teachers commanded respect irrespective of how bright the student was or the problems they had. It is not say those days were problem free, far from it.

The 'Cool' Generation

This writer comes from a generation that thought it 'cool' to have another hero on the pop charts, yet cool soon became 'hot', 'kool', and even 'kewl' yet this progression seems so mild when compared to language used today, besides the majority of teen slang was at that time left behind once kids went out to work. Kids from the 60s, 70s, and 80s rebelled, but they rebelled against the injustices they saw in society, which in part included their need for greater rights and to be listened to. Rebellious kids of the 90s 00s and today are rebelling without a cause and the rebellious streak comes with a complete lack of respect for even other kids. It is not that there are no causes to support, but that for some youth the cause is their own self destruction.

Too many of today's youth are disrespectful to everyone except their own little clique and even there if something untoward happens they will cast out a member and disown them, and in some instances kill them; for them common decency has gone as has any ability to communicate with their own sub-culture.

It is true that every child is not self destructive, nor do they all ignore authority or seek to decimate the English language, yet it seems too many are becoming this way, or are these simply the ramblings of an insane old man?

Meaningless Ramble?

Witness two fifteen year old kids talking and it seems to have nothing to do with the English language we know and love, indeed you are left to wonder about the state of our language and what it will be like when it is passed on to a further generation or two. We should all be very concerned for the future of the English language and the degeneration that seems to be happening in certain segments of our youth. Is it easy to generalise? Yes, but I am not the only person having such concerns.

As a parent I am proud that my son, who also writes on Wikinut, cares about he English language and I hope that in time when he learns to appreciate it fully that he will become a guardian of the language as I hope each and every person who reads this article will become.

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Cool Generation, Degeneration, English Language, Flexible, Lack Of Respect, No Respect, Respect, Senior Citizens, Sticks And Stones, Youngsters

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
Author of "Is your Business Ready? For the Social Media Revolution"

Social media consultant, with C-Level background.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
20th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks for also introducing your son.

Yes the language is evolving, but I guess it always has or we would be talking like Shakespeare.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
21st Sep 2013 (#)

this is so right on Peter...but each generation has its quirks and many of each generation are good and many not so as we see even here on wikinut.

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author avatar Mariah
21st Sep 2013 (#)

Respect for authority, elders, teachers etc has without question, sadly deteriorated in today's society.
As youngsters, we wouldn't have addressed our friend's parents by their first names, or mature neighbours.
It was automatically Mr or Mrs.
That's so rare nowadays.
Respect, as we knew it, has headed down the slippery slope to almost non existent in these terms.
The language used on some social networking sites and texting, is more like a different language altogether, and although it's classed as you say 'kool' there's no doubt
that it could lead to confusion
for kids and young teenagers alike.

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author avatar M G Singh
21st Sep 2013 (#)

Topical post Peter, but the problem may be with the older generation which failed to set an example and guide the youngsters into spirituality. Wish the Gita was read more.

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author avatar Peppernina63
21st Sep 2013 (#)

Great article, Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Rubinstyn
21st Sep 2013 (#)

Good post Peter,
I believe the English language is safe and will not go the way of the dinosaur. I remember our elders had the same concerns during the 1960s when we decided to "change" things. Our language and way of expression was different then too, remember? With the exception of a few new words and terms of expression, the English language remains solid.

It seems that the phrase "An empty barrel makes the most noise" is still true. Fads and things without substance will not last, but what is tried and true will endure the test of time.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
21st Sep 2013 (#)

Interesting article.

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author avatar Trillionaire
21st Sep 2013 (#)

Great article!!!!!!

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
21st Sep 2013 (#)

Once upon a time I used to correct my sons when they said ..Me and so and so ...instead of ... So and so and I ...but that has gone out of the window and I just grin and bear it now , even though I still find it painful to listen to ..The lazy talk I call it . My mother was a Head Mistress ( Principal to you ) so I had to learn to speak the Queen's English ...but even the Queen doesn't talk as she did when she was younger .... I am glad to say .
Bless you for this interesting post.

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author avatar Stormy Howard
25th Sep 2013 (#)

Well spoken!

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author avatar writestuff
25th Sep 2013 (#)

Great post and thanks for information link also.

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