If you thought that America’s young people were in trouble, look at what is happening across the pond. That is, in Great Britain.
Perhaps the psychological distress felt by large numbers of British children has nothing to do with America. Or perhaps, Great Britain is merely a mini-America, reflecting similar but not identical trends on our side of the pond.
According to a recent survey large numbers of British young people have serious mental health issues. They are in so much despair about their future and about their ability to shape it that they can barely focus at school.
One can be forgiven for imagining that the new sign welcoming people to Great Britain should read: “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” Or as Dante saw on the portal leading into the Inferno: Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate.
The London Telegraph reports the bleak news:
Half of young people have so many emotional problems they cannot focus at school, a study has found.
Some 48 per cent of youngsters said that they experienced problems during their school years that prevented them from concentrating on their academic work.
Of these, 46 per cent did not talk to anyone about their problems, mainly because they did not want other people to know that they were struggling.
More than half (58 per cent) did not think that asking for help would solve the problem.
Children who believe that they are being robbed of their future, perhaps by the actions of their elders and their government, are unlikely to believe that they can solve the problem by taking a pill or by going to therapy.
One does not wish to draw conclusions about a situation one cannot completely grasp, but surely, the reasons for this despair must derive from a loss of national pride. Or is it caused by the apocalyptic visions and general hysteria of those who did not want Britain to leave the European Union?
Serious politicians and thought leaders should understand that when they fill the airways with their emotion-laden rants, when they dispense with cold reason in favor of the hot mess of their feelings, they will damage the minds of young people who have not been immunized against the cultural toxins.
If you fill the media with anger and outrage, people will conclude that rational deliberation and consequential action can never produce any positive results.
Or perhaps the current despair has been produced by a loss of national identity and national purpose, loss that Brexit was designed to heal. Or, has it been caused by the sense of feeling alone and abandoned, cut off from Europe? Or, has it been caused by too much free enterprise or by too much bureaucratic socialism?
For their part British children see the problem in economic terms:
Half of young people said they feel the pressures of getting a job are greater than they were a year ago and more than a third said they did not feel in control of their job prospects.
The eighth Index, based on a survey of 2,215 young people aged 16 to 25, revealed many feel their circumstances are trapping them.
Dame Martina Milburn, chief executive at the Prince’s Trust said: “This report paints a deeply concerning picture of a generation who feel their ability to shape their own future is slipping away from them.
"It’s shocking how many feel so desperate about their situation and it is vital that we support them to develop the confidence and coping skills they need to succeed in life.”
These young people do not believe that they can succeed in the marketplace. They do not believe that they can compete. They believe that their prospects are limited and that opportunities barely exist. It does not take a leap of imagination to see that more than a few of our fellow Americans hold the same pessimistic outlook.
Have both nations lost the will to compete, the will to fight and to excel? If so, that would explain some of what is happening to British youth. Perhaps the culture war against the Anglosphere and Western Civilization has contributed to this mindset.
The Telegraph reports:
Of those surveyed, 42 per cent said traditional goals such as buying a house or getting a steady job were unrealistic and 34 per cent said they thought they will have a worse standard of living than their parents did.
Almost a fifth said they "don’t believe they can change their circumstances if they want to" and 16 per cent said they "think their life will amount to nothing, no matter how hard they try".
Of course, the Prince’s Trust, run by Charles, Prince of Wales is trying to solve the problem. But, ask yourself this, is Prince Charles the solution or the problem? To those of us on this side of the Atlantic, he comes across as an insufferable flake, someone who embraces every trendy cause, even to the point of using his Christmas address this year to ask his subjects to think about the Prophet Mohammed.
All things considered, when you watch the Prince of Wales you understand why Great Britain goes into a panic every time his mother catches cold. Let’s not forget that Great Britain has Charles to thank for that self-indulgent fame whore, Lady Diana, who made it her mission in life to discredit the monarchy—thus, national unity and purpose—because her husband did not love her enough. One does not know how to calculate the negative influence of such a role model, but it must be considerable.
How many of these children’s problems derive from the nation’s drift toward multiculturalism, its loss of the pride in being British?
The psychological aspects look like this:
Of those who do not feel they are in control of their lives, 61 per cent said they felt this was because they lack self-confidence, and that this holds them back.
A range of factors that may contribute to young people not feeling in control of their lives have been highlighted by the Index.
One in 10 young people said they did not know anyone who "really cares" about them, 45 per cent felt stressed about body image and 37 per cent said they felt stressed about coping with work or school, the report found.
The Youth Index showed that many feel confused, and 44 per cent of those surveyed claimed they don’t know what to believe because they read conflicting things in the media about the economy.
Dazed and confused by what appears in the media, children are pessimistic about their future. The more political and thought leaders become unhinged, the more they believe that their role is to disseminate propaganda and to become public drama queens, the more the children will suffer.