No wonder there are so many negative stereotypes of young people, our rights are literally being ripped from beneath us, and all we’re concerned with is how we ruined our nail polish, or how mummy and daddy won’t lend out £50 for the umpteen time, knowing full well they’ll never see it again.
In today’s world, a young person isn’t seen relatively useful until they turn 18. Our right to vote adds more substance to our existence however, we are still deterred from participating politically.
There has been a growing influx of young people becoming more politically aware and contributing to positive changes within their communities. Organisations such as Vinspired and Philip Lawrence Awards Network are daily advocating this yet if we were to list connotations of young people, many would include “lazy, materialistic and foolish”.
To an extent, I agree. Being your average teenage with average teenage friends, streams of social networking timelines include pictures from that messy Friday night and angst-fuelled tweets about how one friend betrayed the other, because their boyfriend sent them a Snapchat. Etc etc. The strolling goes on, and quite frankly, I’m really bored of it.
However when I reflect on my own knowledge, it does seem to reach dead ends every now and then. I’m confident enough to stand on a soapbox in public and bellow the injustice against young people, how mental health services are near unhelpful and how traditional forms of education are not for everyone. But ask me about the European affairs, what was the last Shakespeare play I read/saw or even what my local council is doing right now to improve it’s community – I’d be stepping down from the box and ambling away shyly in defeat. I just don’t know.
Perhaps it’s my ignorance. Perhaps things are being weighted in importance of interest, those being quick, accessible and easy to condense listed in the Top 5. Or is our upbringing to blame?
I remember often in school lessons that say, a serious issue such as domestic violence, would be related to current pop-culture, almost in a patronizing demeanour to encourage the class to continue the discussion.
“So Chris Brown has just hit Rihanna. He claims she provoked him – who is to blame?”
The class uproar in response. Their facts and arguments bounce off all four walls with supporting evidence – from The Sun newspaper.
Gah, I’m not sure what it is. Bad habit I suppose. I’ll find the answer eventually.
In the meantime I shall be reading Edgar Allen Poe’s book of short stories and poems.