A teenager told me recently “we are not made of glass, you are a generation of adults who got used to allowing many unfair things.”
And I think that in some respects he is right. Our parenting styles in the past had many successes, such as hierarchical order and respect and discipline; but also multiple extremist abuses and punishments under the banner of misunderstood respect. The teaching of consideration for older people was important, because of their age and wisdom, but it was a mistake to get used to keeping silence and lowering our gaze: today it is a very typical characteristic of Mexico. We become permissive adults who tolerate outrageous things, injustices and inequalities. We were taught to be silent. They passed their hand. Fussy children were not tolerated, but some forms of extreme discipline caused trauma in the now adults, and they abhor certain foods. Many saw an overbearing, alcoholic father as children who insulted and hit the mother. But the mother herself taught that “he is your father and you owe him respect.” Abuse and family violence abound in these young generations from the very courtship. They grew up with that model. They were told that it was normal.
Certainly in the past the figure of the teacher was more valued. But what about abuses committed in the name of school discipline? Today we went to the extreme and mothers defend tooth and nail the most unjustifiable and aberrant behaviors of their children and demand that teachers be fired. How difficult it has been for us to find the middle ground of things. The exact balance. We complain that young people are misplaced and expect many work considerations just after college. Pretentious guys who have no idea of the cost of living. It’s true. But it is also true that labor exploitation consumed the lives of the past generation, under the misunderstood idea of hard work and “putting on the shirt”. That caused many to consider it normal to work overtime without receiving a single added penny. Were we stronger or were we dumber?