Mr Mordon wrote:
Agree with you Dan Widdy
Peer pressure has always been on of the biggest catalysts for antisocial behaviour, trying to prove that you're a big man etc.. And the youth product businesses only seem to exacerbate it. I remember at school I got bullied because my parents wouldn't buy me the latest £50 trainers or sportswear or because we didn't go abroad for holidays. Parents who are strong enough to fight against this 'must have' mentality and are able to just say no, have my respect. I don't think I would be able to do it, which is why I wouldn't want to have kids.
But on the other side, is this mainly about having a strong family unit? I do sometimes think the Mail has a point when it talks about the demise of the family and good father figure. Is this something that liberalism in its self has caused? Or is it just a result of the increased freedoms of modern life?
Although I think family circumstances can contribute to many issues within childhood develpoment I still believe it is greatly overplayed by the Mail and its ilk. Divorce, single parent families etc are not issues reserved for the working classes, all sections of society are affected.
As I said, the greatest factor i think is that of aspiration and self-confidence. Although a lack of strong role-models within the family unit could contribute to issues concerned with low self-esteem, ambition etc. equally a child brought up within an unhappy family environment is surely equally disadvantaged.
Is the divorce rate the result of new found social freedoms? I think it's far more complex than that. I believe that the consumer driven society we have created has conditioned us to always be striving for the next - and better - thing. We, as a society, are deeply unhappy and crucially unsatisfied. We now have ingrained, a feeling of inadequecy, that our lives are destined to be ultimately unfulfilled - that is unless we buy the latest Nokia!! No matter what we have we are told we want more, so it's not hard to see how this has permeated social interaction and ultimately how we conduct our relationships.
And of course, all of this unhappiness and emptiness causes frustration and cynicism amoungst the masses, which tabloids like the Mail loves to pander to. Indeed, what we see via the Mail readership are people who are simply insecure and vulnerable, people who would rather apportion blame to others than take responsibility for their own shortcomings.
They're still a load of cunts though!