Teens Are Only as Monstrous as Adults in The Society
Adults often talk about young people as if they're a different, distasteful species. College students are overly sheltered, afraid of new ideas, and anti-education, one pundit insists. Young people are mired in a culture of casual sex, another declares. The next generation doesn't work hard enough; they're not ambitious; they don't buy cheese. Adults cast an anthropological eye upon kids, and find them wanting - just as their parents cast an anthropological eye on them and recoiled in horror. The last generation always finds the next generation repulsive and terrifying. One of the most iconic products of intergenerational paranoia is all the way back to William Golding's 1954 novel Lord of the Flies, where children left on their own devolve into a nightmare of war, murder, paganism, and savagery. If Golding's book were a headline today, it would read, "Why are Millenials red in tooth and claw?"