Sometime when I look at our youth, I begin to wonder.
Why are they only able to think two weeks into their future? All they think about are where the next party takes place.
I have been watching our news about how even young students down in France are worried about their pension. Something which is 40-45 years out in the future worries people aged 17-19. That is what I call insight in their own situation.
Maybe the reason is that they have surplus. They are not broken by pressure put upon them by their government. Maybe their youth have free choices to plan their future based on changed conditions.
In Denmark you ask from young people aged 15 or 16 what line of work they plan to do a living in. Our High Schools is a mix of so-called free choices but the reality is that a wrong choice can make your high school paper useless regardless of how many top-grades you get. Most classes at our universities demand a certain level and the conditions changes during the 3 years in high school. It is rather easy to end up at a dead end.
Next there is the living conditions. Especially in Copenhagen there are too few places where our youth can study. A high school student could end up being exiled to remote parts of Denmark like Esbjerg or even more bizarre Slagelse, if they really are in to taking a certain education. How can you tell a young man or a woman that they have to leave their loved ones just because they live in a country unable to plan for the goal they have set up, where they want 95 percent of our youth to get more than an exam from Form 9?
Is it simply stress which prevent our youth from stopping up and realize that the very core of our welfare society – early retirement aka “efterloen” – is about to be removed?
I cannot answer this question but the absense of our youth in this so crucial question for our society is just odd. Where are our students protesting against the removal of the early retirement?
Can it be that the difference between the Danes and the French people is that they have not been broken by their government yet?
The Danes are maybe right now the most tested, the most challenged people on this earth. I read that nurses cried publicly in front of the patients over at Hilleroed hospital when they learned their future was welfare or even death when they have to commit suicide together with their children in shame over not being able to pay their bills – a tough solution we have quite a number of cases of recently. Facing the prospect of such a social tragedy can bring everyone to tears.
I don’t know where Denmark will go in the future. I work as a manager in a firm south of Aarhus. I have noticed that young people we take in are less in a position to receive the human ressource efforts we have in our firm. Human ressource work consist basically of two things – holding small gathering where we share a beer or a glass wine so we learn how to open up and be a wellfunctioning team – and the mandatory 3 minutes session called MUS talks every 6 months. MUS stands for the funny term Employee development talks. I think that it common knowledge since Henrik Pontoppidan wrote the “Escape of the Eagle” that there are certain limits to how much a person can be developed. The mindset developed during the childhood adjust the possibilites of development during adulthood.
But the new students are not ready to participate fully in our Human ressource activities because they have been restricted from social gatherings until they are 16 years of age and now in some extreme cases even until they are 18 years of age due to new party policies at some high schools.
But maybe these policies have a different agenda than preventing our youth from drinking alcohol. Maybe it is about having them isolated at home unable to speak together and take a united stand against the atrocities they face when their future – the early retirement – is robbed from them.
I don’t know.
But I can say as a manager: “Despite a lot of people being out of job, I have problems getting employees which can well receive our human ressource efforts. You are hurting Denmark and our industry, which should be the one earning money to pay for our welfare society.”
Maybe the mobilization of our youth is a lost cause.
That’s why I admire the French population for once.