So, it appears that the young dudes and dudettes of today are, to put it as delicately as possible, idiots.
I know. It comes as a bit of a shock to me as well.
The latest confirmation that young people are idiots comes from the Charlotte Observer, our local paper. In the Style section, the editors ran an article trying to help young, college-aged folks fit in with the corporate crowd.
They talked about not wearing flip flops, ragged kakis or ragged jeans, not wearing a micro-skirt, not letting a bra strap intentionally show, not wearing dirty shirts or coming to the office unshaven. It talked, basically, about how to dress like a grown-up instead of a kid.
And the shocking thing was that people actually didn’t know this. Seriously.
I mean, when I was in college and I was internship hunting, I made sure to shave off the magnificent beard and mustache I’d been cultivating for years. I was smart enough to know that people looking to hire a young dude for an internship weren’t going to squee with joy when a proto-Zack Galafianakis walked through the door.
I understood that I had to ditch the jeans and wear the suit, button-down shirt, tie and lace-up dress shoes I’d just purchased from the J.C. Penney catalog.
When you’re going off to try and find a job that doesn’t require you to swing a shovel or hit with a hammer, you’ve got to dress up to the part. That should be a given.
Apparently, young dudes and dudettes dressing appropriately is a problem even when they grow up and are supposed to actually have a slightly working brain. It’s hard to get a grade-school young dude to wear long pants to a formal occasion, but that’s okay because they’re in grade school and don’t know any better. Things even out as they head into middle school and get even better in high school.
So, it seems, in college all that learning about appropriate dress gets tossed out of the brain in favor of factoring Y on the hypotenuse. Or maybe beer. It could go either way.
Another factor, I’m thinking, is this epidemic of unearned self-confidence. These kids get complimented all the time for, basically, nothing so much as they’re growing up, they end up thinking they’re the center of the universe. So, if they want to wear something, and you’ve got a problem with it, well. . . That’s your problem. Get used to it.
Either way, it’s something young dudes and dudettes need to learn. When you’re going somewhere with hat in hand, looking for a job, if you don’t fit in, you don’t get in the door. It might not be fair and it might not be right, but it is that way it is, so they need to get used to it.