My friend showed me a video recently that Jimmy Kimmel had on his show:
Kimmel gave parents of America a challenge, to let their kids open one Christmas present early and then have them open the gift that was completely terrible and not something that any child wants to get ever for Christmas. Some popular gifts were rotten food, half eaten sandwiches, and even some girly items for some of the boys. While this video was highly entertaining, it made me a little disgusted with our youth today. This was not the only gift these kids were getting. Actually, in most of the video clips, a Christmas tree was in the background and you could see several other gifts sitting there, well wrapped in shiny wrapping paper. However, almost every single child had a temper tantrum over their undesirable gift and told their parents they were “stupid” or that they “hated them”.
I understand they’re young and getting a hammer for Christmas is not exactly fun, but crying? Screaming, throwing things at their parents, telling them this is the worst Christmas ever? I’m sorry but if my parents ever did this experiment on me and I tried to pull this, they would tell me that I could forget about the rest of my presents and I needed a reality check. It’s definitely not okay to be that focused on materialistic things in the world and think that the holiday season is ruined because of one lousy gift. Not to mention, this wasn’t even their gift on Christmas Day. The gift these children received was an early, extra gift their parents were letting them open a few weeks before they were supposed to.
What happened to the older days where children respected their parents and would never think of talking back? I understand we have the freedom of speech and parents nowadays encourage their children to think for themselves, I don’t find this to be acceptable. The times of Socrates, Machiavelli, and the rest of those philosophers are a lot more strict, but they also had children that were more orderly and obedient. What do you think? I really find this Jimmy Kimmel video hilarious and entertaining, especially during a study break from exams, but is there something internally wrong with this being socially acceptable with our kids these days?