This intergenerational thing can be tricky – as evidenced by the negative reaction from French youth to a polemical new song aimed at fund-raising for charity food banks.
“You had everything — peace, freedom, full employment,
We have joblessness, violence and AIDS.”
– young singers’ lyrics of Toute la Vie (All Life Long)
”Everything we have, we had to earn it,
It’s your turn now — but you need to get going!”
– older singers’ lyrics
Times are tough in the Euro Zone. Young people are understandably resentful of their elders with their pensions.
“It’s a little complicated to reproach young people for not ‘getting going’ when there is 25 percent unemployment among people under 25, and 22 percent fall below the poverty line.”
Is this a lesson for intergenerational interaction? Lectures from old to young don’t have a great track record, whether delivered by a parent or a pop song.