Kids! I don’t know what’s wrong with these kids today.
You want to see the Hot Take of the Day?
Actually, this probably qualifies for Hot Take of the Year.
Here you go:
Age in 1776:
Marquis de Lafayette, 18
James Monroe, 18
Henry Lee III, 20
Aaron Burr, 20
Nathan Hale, 21
Alexander Hamilton, 21
Just a bunch of kids, right? What do they know?
— Rachel R. Gonzalez (@RachelGonKCMO) February 25, 2018
And she means it too!
This is the problem we have when History becomes the least taught subject in public schools.
Ya get kinda dumb!
Listen kids, modern-day teenagers cannot be compared to people of the same chronological age from the 18th Century.
I can’t believe I have to explain that!
But I tried.
Life expectancy in the 18th Century: 35 years. So all these men were middle age. They married younger, had children younger, learned trades much younger. And died younger.
— Dianny 🇺🇸 (@DiannyRants) February 26, 2018
And learned how to handle a gun younger.
— CininNh (@CininNewH) February 26, 2018
They sailed to a new continent to live a free life and establish an unheard of system of self-goverance. We can't get kids to move out of their parent's basement.
— John Gale (@JohnGale23) February 26, 2018
Well for starters, they probably didn’t need to be told they shouldn’t eat the soap used to wash their clothes. pic.twitter.com/ZzLfwLxBZ9
— J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman) February 26, 2018
But there’s another aspect to this that’s also worth noting.
And that’s this.
The modern-day “teenager” wasn’t really a sociological construct until the 1950s.
This idea that children live at home and attend school until they’re eighteen, then promptly head to college afterward – all the while living with Mom and Dad? This was not the norm before then.
Especially for those living in agricultural communities.
If the modern-day teenager was rare prior to 1950, it was flat-out unheard of in 1776.
In the 18th Century, children as young as fourteen held apprenticeships where they learned a trade.
While today, those kids are home begging Mom and Dad to let them get on Twitter where they can reveal their historical ignorance. They’re texting their friends and listening to aggressively cheerful music sung by people chosen for their ability to dance.
Comparing 18th Century men in their late teens/early twenties to modern-days kids is, to borrow a phrase, comparing apples to bananas.
Oh, and one more thing, little girl.
Alexander Hamilton didn’t really rap.
— Rachel R. Gonzalez (@RachelGonKCMO) February 26, 2018
But she wants us to take her opinion seriously.
Which is the funniest part about this — poor kid.
Come to think of it, this is the Hot Take of the Year.
Now, I know it’s not uncommon for kids in each generation to believe that they’re smarter and better than the generations that came before them.
But to try and put yourself on par with the people who founded this great nation?
That’s truly astounding.
But then again, mind-boggling arrogance and a lack of perspective are common traits among teenagers. That’s what happens when you don’t have a fully-formed frontal lobe.
But as Art Linkletter said lo these many years ago, “Kids say the darnedest things.”
So if nothing else, thanks for the laugh, honey.
And bless your heart.
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