Motion: THB that the so-called ”youth guarantee” is a good thing, but youth should be taken seriously in most other matters as well
Role: MP (govt.)
Young people are problematic, but because they are the future, they must be given credit and a chance. I would say that the youth are more perceptible than we give them credit for. Maybe this might open up a window of opportunity for us to benefit from. I’ll give one example from my own lifespan…
When I was a teenager, I spent three years at my own senior high school that was the gateway for university-compatibility. I had an English teacher whom I liked a lot. I never had a dull moment in that person’s classroom. However, I later on learned that throughout those years with me and my peers (and an entire generation before me), she had had major health problems of her own making that I had no clue of. I was naïve, as people often are at that age. The others were not. At one point, the whole school had an unofficial vote where they voted for the most objectionable ”teach” in the school. She won by a landslide. She resented it, but I defended her. The others could see her for what she was: a selfish control freak unable to love members of the opposite (or even her own) sex. I couldn’t, because I was way too far up in my own a**e and had little regard for anything else. The odds are exceedingly good that this teacher, a master of education, will die forgotten, lonely and sick. She brought it upon herself, and I could not see that coming. The others could.
My point here is that young people can judge adults around them for who they are, if they are given the chance. They are very good at making judgements (sometimes unfair) and circulating gossip and rumours. My hypothesis is this: the bulge in the bell curve can see what kind of adults adults around them really are, for they do not have blinding blinkers on the sides of their eyes. Those students that are ”too bright” do have blinding blinkers, because they need to trust their teachers and their studies too much in order to survive (in their own minds). On the other hand, those who come from underprivileged backgrounds with alcoholic parents, abuse, poverty and misery on their necks are likewise at a disadvantage to describe the reality around them. They tend to see everything in too negative a light without any gilt edges around the clouds. But the mediocre… they know. Those with grades ranging from B minuses to D pluses if the range runs from A to F understand the real real reality around them.
Where, then, could we use this psychological insight and vision that young people possess? For starters, the age limit of being eligible to vote could be lowered. If 16-year-olds are good enough judges of character, they would be judicious enough to scribble down a number that signifies their candidate of choice, what with the continuing rejuvenescence of the political powerwielders at large. If a PM can be elected at 40 years, 20-year-olds or younger people could well then elect him or her.
Another sphere of influence for the young and clairvoyant could be all professions that require customer service. Young people like being in touch with other people – as they are sociable and gregarious – so they would make nice additions to the staffs of many organizations. They could grant loans, mete out student apartments, set up weddings, sell sports equipment, measure job performance and do psychological assessments for job recruitments.
What I’m trying to say is that young people have people skills or skills with people – but they may lack certain other skills. They are not nearly as good in abstract thinking, planning, solving a multidimensional puzzle, technical precision, hygiene, sterility, nurture, care and other such ”adult” skills and tasks. Our qualifications should draw on what we really CAN age-wise and otherwise, towards making us competent at our core, instead of focussing on the present-day demand-supply chain.
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