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post #150 of Old 07-12-2012
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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

The main differences in kids now and then have been created solely by our generation. They are a reflection of our culture. We have done a pretty lousy job on the whole by lowering the academic bar, by sending good jobs for youth overseas, by propagating perma-war, the consumer society, and by convincing our youth that the best path in life is to avoid self-sufficiency by using one's hands in favor of becoming banksters or participating in making money through litigation. The baby boom generation has NOTHING to brag about, turning the idealism of the 60s into the culture of money and greed of today. Comparing kids then and now is NOT comparing apples and apples. Having retired from teaching marvelous 13 year-olds in a frustratingly broken p.s. system, I feel our generation has really let these kids down.

Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
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