Shoy Thomas, the International Coordinator of Jesus Youth, argues the case that there is a lot of hope for future – for there is a lot of goodness in the young people around us.

“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love to chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”  This is a quote from Socrates who lived in 469—399 B.C. Surprising, right? When you read the quote, didn’t you think it might have been yet-more-moaning about today’s youth? Well, apparently, it was so even 2500 years ago.

Youth not behaving according to the expectations of elders is not just a problem of this generation; it is something that has always been there. Even when acknowledging that there might be areas of concerns in young people as well as in youth culture, in my travels and daily encounters as the International Coordinator of Jesus Youth, I have been blessed to have witnessed an abundance of goodness in the world around me, that gives me much hope for the future.

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