The Bare Necessities

Wow. This article reminds me of college so much.

A few weeks ago I gave a talk on the state of the economy to a group of college students — almost all Barack Obama enthusiasts — who were griping about how downright awful things are in America today. As they sipped their Starbucks lattes and adjusted their designer sunglasses, they recited their grievances: The country is awash in debt “that we will have to pay off”; the middle class in shrinking; the polar ice caps are melting; and college is too expensive.
I conducted a survey of these grim youngsters. How many of you, I asked, own a laptop? A cellphone? An iPod, a DVD player, a flat-screen digital TV? To every question somewhere between two-thirds and all of the hands in the room rose. But they didn’t even get my point. “Well, duh,” one of them scoffed, “who doesn’t have an iPod these days?” I was way too embarrassed to tell them that I, for one, don’t. They thought that living without these products would be like going back to prehistoric times.

2 thoughts on “The Bare Necessities”

  1. I’m curious in which way this article reminds you of college? The fact that college students wants are different than those of older adults. How teens and people in their 20’s are more concerned with owning the latest and greatest in electronics than pay a mortgage or car payment? Please explain.

  2. It reminds me of the number of other students I met who claimed they wanted to make a change, but their actions didn’t align with those visions.<br/><br/>Obviously this guy comes off a little bit as “you have a laptop and an iPod, so things aren’t so bad as you say they are”. But it also reminds me of the people who were all talk.

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