I want a lanky european boy
I just got done having dinner with my grandpa, which consisted of a few borderline racist comments and him saying something about how it is necessary for parents to physically punish their children. Those comments really made me start thinking about how much the way people view the world has changed in just a few generations. I mean, he comes from a time where it was acceptable to judge people by the color of their skin, and when it was thought that a child’s opinion was insignificant. While I’m completely aware that my generation is far from perfect, it made me feel incredibly grateful that I am part of a generation in which this is no longer a norm. People actually are concerned about not offending others. I hear my dad and grandpa complain all the time about how we are now expected to be “politically correct.” However, I’ve never understood why this was something to complain about. I’ve always found it kind of beautiful that people are actually concerned about the way others perceive things they say. Not only does it prevent feelings from being hurt, but it also forces that person to look at what they are saying from another person’s point of view. It forces us as individuals to become more understand of the people that we share the world with. They’ve also made comments about how disrespectful the youth are nowadays. But once again, the way people view the world compared to how they viewed it fifty years ago is completely different. Therefore, can you accurately compare the youth? Isn’t that kind of like comparing apples and oranges? I mean, thank god that kids feel as if they can voice their opinions without the fear of being slapped. Perhaps I’m being too optimistic, but I feel like when it comes to equality, the world is moving in a more positive direction than ever before. And don’t get me wrong, there is still such a long way to go, but compared to just fifty years ago we’ve already come so far. I’m not entirely sure if all of those thoughts make sense, but I’ve just had so many thoughts of this nature swirling around my head that I needed to type them out.