Sometimes, the level of stupidity in the world is crushing. How are young people expected to grow into good, productive, members of society if they don’t have good examples from their parents and the other adults in their lives? Yet those same adults, who only qualify for the title due to their managing to hang around for at least 18 years, are quick to blame young people for everything that goes wrong in their lives. I don’t envy what we adults are leaving to the youth of the world. Our forbearers did better for us, and we adults should be ashamed of ourselves for the behavior we model for those that come after.
My first STORY demonstrates how little regard many adults have for the future. The basics of a story are this: A family got greedy and bought a house during the most recent housing bubble, using an adjustable rate mortgage to allow them to “buy” more house than they should have. Many others in the neighborhood did the same thing. Well, as always, the ride came to the end for many of their neighbors, and they lost their homes. Now these specimens of human waste have decided that they are just going to stop paying their mortgage because they don’t like the rules of the game they entered into.
Ordinarily, I wouldn’t care, but they have kids, and they are teaching these kids that it is okay to decide, in the middle of a game, that they want to change the rules or take their ball and go home. Instead of teaching their kids the value of making wise decisions after careful deliberation, they decide to teach them to say “F-You!” to doing the right thing, common sense and decency. I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on them; it is people like these that inspired Finance For Youth in the first place.
Before I go off on a humanity-hating binge, I feel the need to balance the scales. VERIZON recently helped an old and lonely widower retrieve his departed wife’s voicemail greeting after it had somehow been erased. This man listened to his wife’s voice every day since her passing. When I originally heard about the story, I thought it was a little strange, but “live and let live”, or something. When I read that Verizon really stepped up and fixed the problem, that’s a good day for humanity.