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Will your generation have a better life than your parents?

mheredgemheredge TeacherHere and therePosts: 29,783 mod
It seems that young people in many parts of the world are pessimistic that they will have not a better life than their parents. This varies depending on the country and The Guardian analyses the different views on what people believe the future holds for them.

It seems that younger people in developed countries, tend to believe that their lives would not be as good as their parents. However, more respondents surveyed in countries like China and India, believe the opposite.

What do you think?



  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,783 mod
    It's very subjective and given the expectations that many young people have, maybe it's not a very scientific survey. Also I'm not sure how many youngsters in the UK for example, have much clue what it was like living during the 70s, 80s, and 90s, when their parents were growing up.
  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭✭
    I'd rather ask the parents what they think about current generation compared tho theirs.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,497 mod
    edited April 2014
    I am quite sure that I have a better life than the young generation.
    Secretly, I pray that this generation will be more optimistic than me in this viewpoint.
    Post edited by april on
  • science24science24 Posts: 984 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2014
    I think that the old generation is jealous of us. and there is a good reason for that.

  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,783 mod
    I think many people are quick to forget how in many countries, there are much better opportunities for education and so on. Also, though the rich-poor divide is widening, the poor are still said to be getting better off even if slowly.
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0
    it's true. i think in the modern's life help us many opportunities
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,783 mod
    It's easy to feel nostalgia for the 'good old days,' but then we usually forget about the hardship of life our parents and grandparents had to face. Like no central heating, outside bathrooms and all sorts of things that we take for granted now.
  • slowikslowik Posts: 4
    In Poland and some other European countries - yes. When my parents were in my age, they lived in socialistic Poland, and their families were poor. Everyone were employed, but jobs were chosen by the government. Now it's democratic country, so I can do whatever I like and work as whoever I want.
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,839 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2014
    Not exactly because you could choose your job to some extent. You weren't appointed to it so to speak. But the system was centrally governed, which caused a lot of absurdities. Private initiatives were stifled by definition.

    Here you have a link: http://countrystudies.us/poland/50.htm

    I am not sure if we can do what we want but anyway it is incomparable. You can send your government packing, that's certain. :)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,783 mod
    You can only send your government packing if you have people with the sense to do this @Xanthippe‌. Democracy is a fine idea, but it doesn't always work everywhere very well in practice.
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,839 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That's so, @mheredge. The Weimarer Republic was democratic after all. Churchill was right. :)

    "Kurt Gaubatz recalls Churchill's famous dictum: "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." (from a House of Commons speech on Nov. 11, 1947)

    The timing of this famous remark is significant. Churchill won the war, but in the election of July 1945, he was defeated. At the time I thought the public showed gross ingratitude, but I am willing to accept the interpretation that Churchill was not the man to organize the peace.

    When the news came out, Churchill was taking a bath (was there ever a statesman who spent more time in the bath?) He remarked "They have a perfect right to kick me out. That is democracy". When he was offered the Order of the Garter, he asked "Why should I accept the Order of the Garter, when the British people have just given me the Order of the Boot?".

    He returned to power in 1951. The remark about democracy was made when he had lost power and had every reason to be bitter. Fortunately he kept his sense of humor even in the most trying circumstances. "

  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,783 mod
    An impossible dream I know, but if politicians kept their promises, then maybe the system would seem much better. When you see what they get up to once they have power, then you can't help but wonder.
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,839 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge I couldn't agree with you more.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,783 mod
    I think one of the saddest features of life in most places nowadays, is an obsession with money and material goods. Unfortunately it is very destructive in so many ways.
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