Smarter Weaker Generation
Today’s youngsters, Gen-Zs and whatever alphabet comes next, are passively learning but actively escaping enduring commitment to action.
It’s a generation who challenges their parents, guardians, and professors, fact-checking them on Google at the speed of the presentation. They question everything.
And from the classroom online and onsite, to Twitter, two major styles of questioning are employed. If the subject of discussion, the pursuit in view, or the proponents of that subject are liked, they question to know. This is positive questioning and it is driven by interest and at the higher end of that positive spectrum, curiosity.
Conversely, there is the bias that ensures that if they dislike the subject of discussion or pursuit in view, or the advocates, they question to kill. In many cases, many switch to cursing to hide their weak argument. This is negative questioning and it is bias driven.
Negative questioning is the conveyor belt for cancel culture, it carries evil seeds from racism, dystopian and nihilism. Unfortunately, some of these positions and behaviours are socially engineered.
Many young people do not realize when their beliefs are alien viruses carefully implanted through manipulation of social media by the nth estate.
Over the last 10 years, mental health issues have greatly increased in young adults. In fact, Science Daily puts it this way – “Cultural trends in the last 10 years may have had a larger effect on mood disorders and suicide-related outcomes among younger generations compared with older generations”.
Negative questioning is not clear headed and empirical. It is emotional, lacking the attention span that’s needed to develop tenacity that enables wins across decades. It is not strategically sound for long term innovation.
Without the child-like curiosity and adult discipline, our times require, the muscles of self-discipline, perseverance, dealing with discomfort and fear of failure will be underdeveloped.
And I’m concerned that what we have in general, as consequence, is the paradox of a Smarter Weaker Generation.