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Will Our Children Live a Better Life Than We Do?

Will Our Children Live a Better Life Than We Do?Parents always want the best for their children. We work hard to provide them the best life possible. After all, I think the goal is to give your children a better life than what we had. I know for a fact that I had an easier go of it than my parents did and I’m very appreciative of that. I’ve often wondered just what this world will be like in 15-20 years when our child is trying to navigate his way through life’s obstacles. Heck, the same curiosity even applies for myself years down the road. Here are a few things that concern me for our future generations that will impact their quality of life.

Education

We currently contribute to a 529 college fund for our child. In the back of my mind however, I wonder what the education system will even look like in the future. Will there even be a need for such funds? It already seems as though there is a shift taking place from the traditional four year bachelor degrees to more specialized education and training. Frankly, something has to change with it. There are far too many kids starting out of the gates six figures in the hole. Some companies are even starting to foot the bill to have employees earn degrees. Starbucks is an example and more will probably follow.

In our part of the country, some kids are doing certification programs for X amount of months and then are able to make a very large salary working on wind turbines or in power plants. The return on education investment with things like that are off the charts. As long as those industries stay in business granted. Our children will have an interesting choice to make here.

Jobs

All of the wonderful technology in our country comes with a price. Machines are replacing more and more human workers every day as automation saves companies big money. My generation saw this with factory work but robots will be increasing in other industries very soon. There will be a need for human workers obviously but increased automation will create much more competition for these jobs.

My hopes are that we can start bringing jobs back to our country to provide opportunities for the next wave of future workers. Things have been going the wrong way in that regard for years and it needs to be changed. Since there will be automation either way, we need all of the jobs possible to provide skilled work positions for the citizens of our country.

National Debt

This is the elephant in the room that nobody seems to want to talk about. Our country is around 19 trillion dollars in debt. I watched the debt clock for a minute or two, truly staggering. We always seem to kick the can down the road and keep rolling as a country but I wonder if and when things are going to hit the fan? It is amazing that we as people have to follow a balanced budget but the government does not.

Human Relations

It’s no secret that we have a large divide in our country right now. From politics to race, I don’t recall a time where things have been so dicey in my lifetime. It really makes me sick to see the way people in our own country treat each other, on every side of the spectrum. I haven’t seen anything recently to give me much hope on anything improving soon which is very disparaging as a parent. While it is a shame to admit, there are some days I literally question what kind of world I brought my kid into.

Conclusion

So the question is will our children live a better life than we did? While I do believe our kids will have excellent chances to succeed, there will be challenges to overcome. Education, jobs, national debt, and social issues to name a few of the larger ones. That’s not to say there aren’t things to look forward to though. Many of the new generation, similar to mine, will thankfully never know of the real grueling physical work like many of our parents have experienced. The good part of the rise of technology pretty much insures that we won’t again. Also, look at all of the entertainment options now days. We had Nintendo when I was young. Now there are so many options at the tips of our fingers. I’m cautiously optimistic but time will be the judge.

Questions for the readers- Do you think our children will have it better than we do? What other concerns do you have for the future of our country/world?

10 Comments

  1. I do wonder from time to time if it makes sense to explore areas outside of the US. With all the fighting and negativity I do wonder if wealthier people will begin to gravitate towards other countries that have like minded policies. I guess we’ll see what the future holds. Maybe this is a temporary blimp that passes over.

    • Mr Defined Sight

      April 7, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      That would really be a tough decision. I couldn’t even imagine living in a different country. I guess they all have pros and cons most likely. Just seems like the negative stuff has really been prevalent lately here. I hope things can get straightened out, or at least improved in the future.

  2. I believe they will. All the problems you’ve mentioned existed in the past. Jobs disappeared in the industrial revolution and in the computer revolution due to changing technology. Politics has always been acrimonious, lest we forget the violent (physical or verbal) politics in the 60s over civil rights, 70s over vietnam, 80s iran contra, 90s over clintons sex life, etc). National debt has been higher as a percentage of GDP. I doubt those problems will ever go away.

    But. Other aspects of life are constantly improving. Each year more people have access to information through the power of the internet and wireless. My parents remember a time when their house had no running water. These days you can’t legal build such a house its so ubiquitous. My parents remember the introduction of air conditioning, power steering, and any number of improvements in car technology as well. They witnessed the transition from manual phone operators (one of those extinct jobs) to todays cell phones. Each one of those innovations gives the future easier and better then what came before. Some are minor things like whether I can surf the internet while standing in line at the grocery store. But others are massive, like whether I am likely to die from Reumatic Fever like my grandfather. Its just hard to see them while living in them.

    • Mr Defined Sight

      April 7, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      You raise great points in a very thoughtful response, thank you. We really are quite spoiled in comparison to what our parents had to deal with. But like you mentioned, when you are living through it and don’t know any different, it is what it is. After all, we could be living in a third world country and have something to really complain about.

  3. I just brought baby #2 into the world almost three weeks ago and have thought about similar things before.

    The human race has gone through plenty of changes before, and will continue to do so. The only thing is that the pace of change has increased. I expect this to continue as well.

    I believe that we will find a way though. In any event it is beyond my control and, being the stoic I am, I don’t worry about that. I will focus on teaching and parenting my children to be the best they can be.

    • Mr Defined Sight

      April 7, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      I agree that as parents, we have the duty to bring our kids up the right way. Most other things mentioned are out of our control but raising kids right is up to us. I would also bet things will keep humming along just fine but one never knows for sure. Thanks for stopping in!

  4. There have been those surveys saying that for the first time since the Great Depression, the Americans believe that their children will not be better off than their generation.

    I don’t like to think in terms of averages. How you’re children ends up largely depends on what values you instill in them, the education opportunities you provide them with, and the general life lessons that you teach them.

    Be a good parent, and odds are your kids will end up successful.

    • Mr Defined Sight

      April 7, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Great advice! We are definitely trying to do our best in that regard. I hadn’t heard about the survey that you mentioned but I’m not terribly surprised. Hopefully we can prove it wrong! Thanks for stopping in!

      • I think it’s mostly due to the ever increasing wage gap between the rich and the poor, and the increasing burden of student loans. Nowadays it’s very hard to find a decent paying job without a university degree

        • Mr Defined Sight

          April 11, 2017 at 4:58 pm

          It’s almost a shame that it is that way about the degree. So many kids that do have degrees coming out of school seem to know about as much as the kids that don’t. Most of the classes being taught at the 4 year universities don’t prepare kids for the real world. It’s all about job experience. I guess if nothing else, getting that piece of paper at least proves that you can show up and see something through. Thanks for stopping by!

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