If the lifespan of man is upwards of 80 years, then my question is, has there been an 80-year-old man anywhere on the planet during the last 500 years who did not live through momentous changes or a momentous event? Today’s 80-year-olds certainly have.

Every morning across the country, 80-year-olds and their young 60-year-old friends sit around drinking their coffee, telling stories, ruminating and reminiscing.

Any of them can easily recall the great changes that they’ve seen in their lifetimes. They also can remember when they stood four feet off the ground watching their grandfathers do the very same thing.

And their grandfathers, our great-greats, certainly would have heard our great-great-great-great-grandfathers saying the same things that old men today say about young people today.

This paradigm of the old and grizzled criticizing the young and naive is as old as time, and timeless, too, because, like getting old, it is just part of our human nature.

There always have been and always will be old fuddy-duddies who talk nonsense and don’t understand, and young whippersnappers who know it all or who are dumber than boxes of rocks.

But just as today’s fuddy-duddies grew and matured, so will today’s whippersnappers. That, too, is the nature of things.

It may be tempting to be critical of young people, but we need to remember how we were. It is simply impossible to fully grasp the depth and breadth of the human experience at age 20.

I posit that today’s young people are no dumber or smarter than we were, but I will suggest that today’s young people are going to contribute a great deal more than we contributed to our collective struggle against the madness of this age.

I believe this because they have two things that we did not, hindsight and us.

By hindsight, I mean that those born in 2000 who are now coming of age can begin to see the damage caused to their culture by the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s.

For them, the danger is not hypothetical, or what may happen. No, for today’s young, the history that my generation lived through is the proof in the pudding that Progressivism has, in fact, been a cultural catastrophe.

By “us,” I mean right-thinking young people today can be and are being made to understand what has happened to their country since 1970.

And contrary to what our post-World War II youth culture would suggest, young people do, and always have, listened to what their elders have to say.

The war against the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s has been heating up the entirety of my lifetime (born 1966), though my generation, and the Boomers before us, have barely managed to hold the line.

But we are still in the fight and, being the optimist that I am, I believe that with our help, the Conservatives of the Millennials and Gen Z will be able to begin pushing back hard.

Maybe it will be the children of the Z’s who will at last raise our flag atop the ruins of Liberal ideology.

Today’s right-thinking young people are smarter and tougher than we may think and I, for one, feel good about them.


MARK ATKINS of Paris is a county native and the author of Women in Combat: Feminism Goes to War, available at Amazon.com. His email address is mcatkins1@gmail.com.

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