Topic of the Day: Is Life Easier for Young People Today than it was for their Grandparents?

For this topic of the day, I will be talking about whether life is easier for young people today than it was for their grandparents, and I’ll also be giving an indication of the basic points that cover my own line of arguments as to why I am for and against certain statements. In this instance, I will be talking about why I think life is easier due to more resources being available at hand, why more help is at hand and why there are more job opportunities available, and why I am for these arguments, and I’ll also be talking about why I disagree on communities being safer, as well as talking about childhood obesity.

“Life is easier as there are more resources at hand.” – FOR THIS ARGUMENT

The reason I am for this argument is because life, as we all know it, is a lot easier now, given that there are a lot more of resources now available at hand when we really need it. In this instance, we are able to use the internet more to find our research for our studies quicker, especially for our own interests as well, and a lot of medical aid is now provisional around the world, as more lives are being saved almost everyday, and not only that, but certain things that weren’t available back in the previous generation are now more advanced in modern-day life.

In this instance, when it comes to resources, for those who may suffer from a disability, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Autism, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Spina Bifida etc., life is made a lot easier now for those who may suffer from a disability, or for those who suffer from a certain disease that can turn into a disability, as there are more options and resources available, and accessibility is now a lot easier for those who lead their lives differently to ours, as more help is available and more options are available at hand now.

“More help is at hand.” – FOR THIS ARGUMENT

I am for this argument on more help being at hand, as there is more help available from almost everywhere, for example, many of the charities who are dedicated to making the lives of those easier always give their undivided attention to help everyone around the world who is in need of full support, and again, where disabilities and diseases are concerned, more help is indeed at hand, as those who are suffering in pain as a result of any disabilities and diseases have more of a chance to seek all the help and guidance they need to get themselves through daily life, just like we do.

In the past, there used to be some help at hand, but because of how much time has flown, with the evolvement of the NHS, as well as everything else not connected to the National Health Service, there is more help available now for almost everything that’s around, which is beneficial in this day and age, because as long as the help is available, then having all of the help and support available at hand is entirely beneficial.

“More job opportunities are available.” – FOR THIS ARGUMENT

I am for this argument on more job opportunities being made available, as there are loads and loads of job opportunities becoming available almost every day. In the past, getting a job was known to be very difficult, depending on the type of job you wanted, as well as the requirements you would have to meet in order to get that job, but now, as everything has advanced so much in terms of opportunities becoming available, all it takes for you to do now is to send many of the top leading companies in the world your CV (Curriculum Vitae, also known as a Resumé in America) based on the grades, achievements and hard work you’ve done to get to where you are now, and before you know it, you’ll be in a part-time or full-time job, depending on what you’re currently doing, whether it would be to do with something that relates to your studies, and you’ll be finding that you’ll earn more money in that job whilst you learn.

There are so many job opportunities available nowadays that they can go really quick if you don’t act, and I absolutely believe hand on heart that with more job opportunities available, this will really boost the economy, and I also believe hand on heart that this will give those from the ages of 14 up to 65 the chance to really find some work that they can earn money from, which will help them to build a better understanding of what it’s like earning money in the world of work. There are so many job opportunities available now that it’s best to grab those job opportunities with both hands as if your life had depended on it.

Safer Communities” – AGAINST THIS ARGUMENT

Now this is where my views change, nowadays, communities are no longer safe due to all the gun and knife crimes that go on today, because almost every day in this past year alone, there have been a large number of stabbings and shootings, with 17 fatal deaths this year in London. Most recently, the community of Paris recently suffered a devastating massacre that resulted in the loss of 132 lives in the Bataclan Venue (where the Eagles of Death Metal band performed) and outside the Stade de France Football Stadium, after some suicidal attacks occurred, which resulted in dangerous explosives being set off.

As a result, the whole world lit up their most famous landmarks in blue, white and red to remember those who lost their lives after the Friday 13th November events. Now, gun and knife crimes, including the horrific events that took place in Paris are just the prime examples of why our communities are no longer safe, as all of these first world problems are just getting worse as the months and years go by, and it’s only a matter of time before all these problems blossom into one great big problem, and before you know it, World War 3 will have already begun. We must act now to make all communities safer, and to make sure that there is an immediate crackdown that will bring all of these first world problems to an end.

Childhood Obesity” – AGAINST THIS ARGUMENT

In this day and age, childhood obesity is becoming a growing problem in modern society, and also across the world. Because of all the fast-food restaurants you get nowadays, from Burger King to McDonalds and from KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) to Pizza Hut, there are so many fast-food restaurants around now that if you go into one, you are literally able to order more food and eat it at your own comfort, which I’m really sorry to say is appalling and, in other words, disturbing.

The reason I am against childhood obesity is because there are so many people who I walk past nowadays in the streets who are overweight and stuffing their faces with food, and I’m sorry, it is absolutely gross and volatile. I do take into account and into full consideration that some people especially at a young age may be suffering life-long health problems that result in them being overweight or underweight, which is entirely understandable, possibly due to their thyroid gland being over-active or under-active, but when it comes to someone who eats lots and lots of junk food just for the fun of it, that’s where I feel the government could put a stop to it. At the end of the day, childhood obesity is the ultimate killer that can shorten the lives of those who want to live for a very long time, and only we can stop this from happening by putting an end to it now.


To conclude, I am for the statements based on life being made easier due to more resources being available at hand, also for the fact that there is more help at hand and with more job opportunities becoming available, though I am against the statements about the world having safer communities, including childhood obesity.

I feel that with more resources at hand, with more help at hand and with more job opportunities being made available, these three key factors can give the world a better upbringing that will enable everyone to be able to rise to their full potential, but, as for the statements about safer communities and childhood obesity, I feel that these are the two core areas that really need to be focused on and improved, as these two problems can only be fixed if we all do something about it by acting now.

My final thoughts? I personally feel that we should go for every job opportunity that becomes available, I believe that we should accept more of the help that is provided at hand to us, and I also believe that we should make use of more of the resources that are available now, but as for safer communities and childhood obesity, I personally feel that this where these two core areas need a lot of improvement and a lot of work, in order for them to become less of a problem, and more of a priority to fix.

Please feel free to give feedback based on whether you’re for or against the statements. Please keep in mind, however, that I also did this topic for my GCSE English class today.

Alex Smithson


  1. Assuming the grandparents were born in 1950 or later, I agree in principle with your assertions. Born earlier than that I would say it is certainly true for me in the “child” position, as my life was by far easier than my parents and grandparents who suffered 2 world wars and the Great Depression in the ’30’s.. The next great world calamity could change all that in an instant. That is why I think children should be taught to not take things for granted, and they are not entitled to so much as they think they should be.

    Thanks for following my silly little blog which will never touch the “serious”. That I can guarantee!

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