Youth : Then & Now
desire and strong will of the young crewmen. Whereas, today’s youth do
not posses he drive and motivation of their ancestors. All in all, it
1 “O Youth! The strength of it, the faith of it, the imagination
of it!” Conrad’s example of youth powerfully describes the greatness of
youth and powerfully exemplified it on the treacherous voyage of the Judea.
The youth of today, as many feel, do not have the strong characteristics of
past generations. One hundred years ago, a young man may have gone on a
dangerous voyage like Marlow, but a young man today leads a more secure,
today’s generations do not have nearly as many hardships as in the past.
To conquer a problem in a modern lifestyle today, is to have a steady
the youth of the past. Although the youth of the past benefit in the fact
reflect on, as Marlow did.
Laurence Perrine (ed) (Toronto, Harcourt & Brace, 1966)