Today I had the utter displeasure of seeing this viral video of a young musician being berated by his mother about how ‘worthless’ his passion of music is.
This video is particularly horrifying because most people regard making music as a fantastic hobby to engage in. It’s good for your brain, it can be made into a career, and it’s downright fun. People all over the world get satisfaction from music. If only I had chosen music instead of video games as my hobby of choice when I was a teenager, I’m sure I wouldn’t have been criticized nearly as much by own mother.
But, that brings me to my next point. It doesn’t matter what a child chooses to spend his or her time doing, parents have no right to bully their children into partaking in hobbies they deem ‘worthy’. My mother had no right to ruthlessly criticize me for playing video games after school instead of reading or watching t.v. or doing some other hobby she approved of, because I am my own person. I get to choose what makes me happy, and what hobbies are valuable to me, not her.
The harpy in this video asks him what he has done for society lately. Well, what the hell has she done besides bring strife and insecurity into her own family? I think being civil to your own kin would be a great place to start at improving society, for fuck’s sake. It seems like she’s talking about community service, but that isn’t what her generation did for fun either, so I’m not exactly sure where she is getting this sense of superiority from. Anyways, if someone gets happiness out of volunteering – great for them, but let’s not berate those who choose to do other things that make them happy in their own short time on earth.
She, of course pulls out the ‘my generation > your generation’ card. Yuck! I really feel for this kid, and all people my age watching this should take this as a lesson. I’m sure the children of the future will be interested in things people my age won’t understand or will find downright repulsive. That’s not their fault – it’s ours. So shut the fuck up already, and let your kids spend their time how they see fit.