Slavery of the earth-bound whose parents are TV and the Internet

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Spring Break at South Padre Island, Texas. / Michael Zampora / Daily Mail

Spring Break at South Padre Island, Texas. / Michael Zampora / Daily Mail

Winter is nearing an end and, once again, it’s accompanied by the usual disturbing articles about the reckless behavior of young college students at Spring Break. The debauchery only seems to be getting worse:

Every year, 1.5 million students go on spring break, with approximately 100,000 going to Cancun. They spend over $1 BILLION total

College students consume on average six drinks a week. During spring break, they have as many as 10 a DAY

More than half of spring breakers have sexual relations with more than one partner ….

The deluded kids who debase themselves like this have been brought up their entire lives by their two parents – TV and the Internet – to believe that they are supposed to do this, that there is something wrong with them if they don’t do this and that they are missing out on cherished coming-of-age experiences if they don’t do this.

Sadly, there is more to the story than mere youthful excess. At at time when the job prospects for recent college graduates have never been worse and the debt burden accrued to get the fabled degree that was supposed to open all doors has never been heavier, this quote leaps to mind:

“As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends correspondingly to increase. And the dictator will do well to encourage that freedom… it will help to reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate.” – Aldous Huxley, Preface to Brave New World (1932)

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