I was listening to some of the Pope’s speech this morning, and I couldn’t help but be reminded of old talking heads on Fox News, complaining about the “kids these days.” Pope Francis complained about the so-called consumerism of today’s culture, and apparent selfishness of kids obsessed with getting Facebook “likes” and Twitter followers (it was actually quite funny, listening to him speak in Spanish without a translation, and how he used these terms). But here’s the truth: today’s kids, supposedly obsessed with themselves and social media, are in better shape than ever. They give more to charity than kids of past generations, they’re more politically active. Teen drug-use, pregnancy, STDs, and smoking are all at historic lows.

So what’s the problem? The problem is that old people are always complaining about the “kids these days.” There is a famous quote of one such complaint that sounds amazingly current … until you realize it’s from Socrates, 2500 years ago. Enough is enough! Things are changing fast, culture is evolving. But different is not worse. In fact, it’s almost always better.

Dan Turner
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