showing respect in an age of rebellion

“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”

Socrates said that, about 400 B.C. So maybe it hasn’t gotten worse; it hasn’t gotten better, either. I teach tyrants every day, actually. The young are always smarter than the old, at least until they get older.

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