Like all parents I have tried to impart some wisdom to my kids and teach them certain facts about life. All three of them grappled with the fact that, unlike life in the movies and TV, in real life everything has a cost, and bad things may happen to you without any recompense. During their childhood when something bad happened my kids would sometimes get angry and would demand that “we sue.” I finally figured out that they saw “suing someone” as a way of getting some sort of justice. In TV land the bad guys usually get their comeuppance and people are made whole with no cost to anyone except the bad guy. We are a sue-happy society and it’s no surprise that our children pick up on this.
But the cost to our society is that we now have a generation that thinks that there should always be someone in power who puts things right on their behalf and that nothing bad should ever happen without there being some sort of justice. Since this is the generation who got participation trophies so their self esteem wouldn’t be damaged, we have raised a really sensitive bunch of kids.More