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Have We Become A Nation of Sheep?


There is a disturbing trend in this country.

Kiwis have always been a pretty compliant bunch. Some may say we are sheep.

But there’s always, in my lifetime, been a section of the community who bucks the trend and questions the norm.

It could be a generational thing. Different generations have often hunkered down and supported what they are told to do. A good example of this would be those who lived through the 2 world wars.

My parents were of the generation who faced WW2. My Dad was in Egypt. My Mum worked in a factory and did her bit for King and Country.

But generations change. They become more educated. They learn to question. They learn to dis-seminate.

The first real generation to do this were the Boomers. This generation cops a lot of flack but they, through their push and acceptance for more knowledge and a more open view of the world questioned the norm and asked why. They were well educated and had good jobs, earned a fair income and encouraged their kids to fight back against authority. Vietnam was a turning point. The Establishment did not like it.

Say what you like about the Boomers (I’m not one of them) but they did provide their kids (Gen-X) a great upbringing and encouraged education, hard work and to question. Question what you are being told. Education embraced this. Robust discussion of differing points of view lead to a better result for everyone. Ideas are hot-housed and new things to improve the world come from it. Technology we have today is a result of the Boomers drive and Gen-Xers willingness to take the world to better place. What we see now as the norm is a result of that.

Another, more worrying result of that appears to be a direct turnaround from those ideals. The educated who went on to educate have adopted a ‘we know best’ attitude. Questioning that and pushing back has lead to the suppression of ideas and a demand to believe what you are told.

This is not good for anyone. It is not good for the world. It is turning people into compliant drones and gives those in charge the idea they can do whatever they like. If you dare question that, you are pilloried and ostracised.

It is turning us into a Nation of sheep. This has happened over a generation. And, to my dismay, Gen-X has contributed to it in a big way. Their children have been educated, given everything without question and lost their own ability to question what is happening in the world. They have become reliant on the State to provide a good life. They expect it.

What happened to those who fought against a National ID Card that Helen Clarks Govt tried to bring in?

Today it is ‘trendy’ to support causes of other countries. BLM is the obvious one. It is not our fight. The Police here are, by and large not racist or treat people violently. But as we see in America, this ‘movement’ has been hi-jacked by criminals and those hell bent of destroying history and other peoples livelihoods. That’s not questioning the norm. It’s destruction for the sake of it.

Eliminating History does not lead to people learning from it. It leads to people repeating it.

Climate Change protesting is another one. Instead of throwing your toys out of the cot and demanding ‘someone’ do something about it, their energies would be better spent actually doing something themselves. But they are either too thick or too lazy for that. It’s all about being ‘seen’.

Being seen on Social Media Protesting. Not for change, but for ‘likes’

Is this what we have created? We provide the technology and our offspring are more interested in this than being the change they demand? Apart from a minority, I believe so.

I believe Gen-X are too scared to speak up today. Relegated to being the latest round of “Old Farts” to demonise. Their experience and past now not relevant.

This Gen-Xer will; not be silenced. I’ve taught my Millennial to question and fight back. To question and assess what she is being told. She makes me proud. She is not a sheep but a lion like her Mother. Let’s hope for the sake of this country and the world, she is not alone.

This article was submitted by one of our members - Boris39

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