Arnold Schwarzenegger Raises Concerns About America’s Future, Suggests It Could Be a “Generation of Wimps”

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Credits: CNBC)

Arnold Schwarzenegger Voices Concerns Over the Future Generations of America

Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has expressed his concerns about future generations in America possibly growing up in too safe of an environment. In an open conversation, he issued a warning that overindulging young people could result in the formation of a generation devoid of toughness and resilience.

The 76-year-old “Be Useful” author stressed the value of facing adversity, failure, and hard work in developing one’s character and inner strength during an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show.” According to Arnold Schwarzenegger, people can only genuinely strengthen their character through overcoming obstacles and picking themselves up after failure.

According to Arnold Schwarzenegger, people who experience hardship in life are more likely to succeed. He expressed worry, though, that modern society has a propensity to be overly sensitive to young people’s insecurities, creating a setting that protects them from discomfort and difficulties.

Schwarzenegger further argued that the younger generation needs to learn how to embrace pain, adversity, and discomfort as part of their growth process, ultimately making them tougher people. He asserted, “Anyone that tries to baby themselves and pamper themselves… it’s over. You’re never going to get there.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger (Credits: NME)

Drawing a comparison between different generations, Schwarzenegger celebrated the accomplishments of first-generation Americans who were known for their grit and determination. He encouraged the idea of early morning work, struggle, and relentless effort as the foundation of greatness, emphasizing the importance of these values in making the country great.

While he acknowledged the value of kindness, Schwarzenegger cautioned parents against overprotecting their kids, instead encouraging them to participate in sports and learn how to handle difficult situations.

Schwarzenegger added that his son Joseph Baena, who recently competed in the Malibu triathlon on his 26th birthday, is following in his father’s footsteps by pursuing fitness and emulating his father during his bodybuilding days.

Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered Joseph Baena in 1997 with the family’s longtime housekeeper, Mildred Baena, during his marriage to television journalist Maria Shriver. Schwarzenegger and Shriver had four children together—Katherine, Christina, Patrick, and Christopher. In a recent interview, Schwarzenegger discussed his relationship with Shriver, emphasizing that they never had a feud and attributing their separation to his own mistakes.