New Harmony: Kids today face challenges different from those of the 1950s

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  • Clifton Palmer McLendon Gilmer, TX
    May 21, 2014 5:54 p.m.

    I agree with the author that the world is more evil today, but I disagree with his statement that it is impossible to return to the safety of the 1950s.

    The people of the United States could have the safety of the 1950s AND the technology of the 21st century if they were willing to do what it takes to get it.

    One reason for the decline: an overweening, all-intrusive, bleeding-heart knee-jerk liberal Constitutional loose-constructionist Federal government.

    Some of my ancestors fought against an overweening, all-intrusive government from 1776 to 1781. Others did the same from 1861 to 1865. All were heroes.

  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    May 21, 2014 9:10 a.m.

    Well, that must have been a nice lifestyle to have growing up. Kind of boring, but nice. In any case, there are also many challenges that kids back in those days had to face that are no longer a problem for kids today. Hunger, polio, the threat of nuclear war…etc. It’s easy to look back upon the past with rose-colored glasses. There must needs be an opposition in all things; undergoing trials and challenges today better equips young people with having to deal with the realities of the world in which we live, which is increasingly ugly, immoral, and violent.

  • JonathanPDX Portland, Oregon
    May 20, 2014 4:37 p.m.

    Differences? Not really.

    The only choice any of us ever have to make is whether to be good or evil.

    The rest is irrelevant.

    May 16, 2014 10:50 p.m.

    Though I understand where Jerry's coming from, being also a child of the 50's from an active LDS family in a sheltered LDS community, I must admit we knew where to find trouble if we wanted it. Several of my peers fell by the proverbial wayside, and I had my own challenging difficulties to overcome. I'm not convinced that it was all as easy as Jerry represents, though I'd rather attribute his successful background to a degree of strength rather than naivety.
    Though it's obvious that today's youth have more openness and definitely more extreme forms of what we believers label 'temptations', requiring quite a bit more resistance, I'm not ready to forget that each generation faces its own unique challenges. We all have to go through similar cycles of life. So, when the youth say "Mom, Dad, you don't understand"--trouble is, we really do! We'd just like to help them over some of the rocks in the road. After all, they're our future, and we'll help them get where they obviously are strong enough to go if we don't abandon hope and trust in them.

  • Big Joe V Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    May 16, 2014 5:53 p.m.

    I see a lot of the youth today a product of their parents either good or lacking skills with exceptions. Some turn them loose to be raised by seminary and the church youth programs and then then are on parent cruize control at home. However the ones that are getting it right are amazing while Satan is slaughtering the rest with their eyes wide open. Very sad the circumstantial morals that are embraces by many.

  • Supermom6kids King City, CA
    May 16, 2014 2:32 p.m.

    Of course there was sin in the 1950's, but sin now-a-days is everywhere and available with no effort to find it. I grew up in the 80's and even I am astonished at the difference between then and now. But I am always surprised at how strong the youth are today, and of course to them, they don't know any other way of life. I like the point the writer made about how today's culture would have taken down half of the adults in the 50's. I am amazed at how valiant our faithful youth are today. They are unafraid, and bold, and they go forward and do what they need to do. They are so strong and capable. They are equipped to face and conquer whatever comes their way. It is magnificent to see them! I, too, pine for the "good old days", but God's army is literally being raised up before us, and I am thankful to see it!

  • pacnwmom Vancouver, WA
    May 16, 2014 11:30 a.m.

    In the 1950's, my father was an abused child of an alcoholic father. My mother was stuck in the middle of her cheating alcoholic father and her victim mother. The writer of this should be so grateful he grew up in a happy LDS home. I am so grateful to have accepted the gospel at age 19 and have been able to change the culture of my own family! I'm also glad that most of the racism still permeating our culture in that time has abated, although there is still work to be done. I love what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can do for families!