I write this from the convenience of my couch,
We live in a time that flows with such possibilities that we are unsure of our future. Many generations have lived through these moments, waiting, anticipating for a shift that will take them sailing into the future and unknown obstacles to overcome. It is a time of wonder, magic and imagination that propels everyone into the bright tomorrow. This of course, if the generation is willing, able and well instructed in how to grasp the moment.
It is to this point I would like to voice a concern that, in my unscientific and unstudied view, feel that we are doing a great service to the generation that will be set to take the stage when the next leap into the future occurs. We are raising children of convenience, a generation brought about only due to our desire to do so and when we desired it. This next generation will not be one that understands how to deal with the unexpected, because we are raising them to view the world on their terms. It is no longer about how the world and events shape us, but how we are determined that nothing but ourselves can shape who we are who are. We have the audacity to think our children will choose to be who they want to be only out of there will to be so, regardless of events around them.
Strong words, yes. Musings of a crazy person, maybe. I have noticed however that what is fed to us today is a message about choosing how you want your life to be. Choice it seems is the enemy, too much of it and people do not know what to choose, too little of it and you have a dictatorship. Choose we must however, for ourselves and for the next generation. However, I fear we are choosing to embrace that path of least resistance, not the one of building something constructive for those to come after us. What the past has given us we willing receive, but I feel we are not giving back in an effort to help the future builders have the tools they need to keep the up the positive momentum. In other words, we are choosing selfishly, not selflessly.
Be it politics, business, education, science, finances, our own bodies; we are choosing to embrace ourselves rather than each other. The human race is not a race against each other, but one of unity with each other. Where a fellow human fall, I am not sure we are willing, much less capable, of helping them back up if it would inconvenience us. We would rather not be inconvenienced by family members in need, who are a bit rough around the edges or even just being around the ones we would choose to be with normally. This world is pushing us to turn inward, focus on ourselves and choose only one thing in life, just you.
Ok, doom and gloom you say. Every generation has its issues, let’s just move on past the rant. I will give you that one, this is a bit of a rant, and yes, every generation has had its issues. You look at most of those issues however and you see a common thread, selfishness. While I would like to believe that we are no different and we are just noticing this played out in our times, I feel that it is more so than ever before. The news cycle is no longer a cycle but just a fire hose of negativity. It also stokes the very fire it is claiming to try and snuff out. No one is the good guy any more, no one is the guide post.
This stems from the comfort that I partake in as I type this. I have food, shelter, water and a comfy couch with air conditioning on a hot day. So, I am guilty as the rest of everyone else. I am bothered by this fact however. The current generation is at a cross roads, do we keep choosing just ourselves, or do we sacrifice a little comfort to help build and teach others to build a better future. To show that while we inherited much, we want to build and give something better those who will come after us.
When life comes along, we do not shed the inconvenience, but embrace it and grow because of it. When a major life altering event happens in our lives, we don’t try and get rid of it, but focus on how we can live through it and become better because of it. Yes, theirs evil, yes theirs sickness, yes there trouble, but that does not have to be the defining issues of our times. The defining parts of our generation should be how we overcame, embraced challenge and focused on how to make a brighter future because of what we learned through the difficulties. This is not by altering who we or how we were built either but altering our perceptions of what we really can do and handle.
I would dare say that there is no problem so bad, no issue so divisive, that we cannot come together and just love each other despite the junk around us. Love each other by being there for each other, shutting up when someone just needs to talk, having a dang open mind, and willing to put yourself out there to lift up a fellow human rather than just pass by. It is when we just become by standards that we let the selfishness take over and allow the evils of this world creep into all parts of life and brake down a better tomorrow.
The up and coming generation is watching us. They are taking our cues on how we handle life. Are we going to keep showing them that they are only important when we choose they are, or are we going to show them that they are important just because of who they are. We need to open our eyes, see what is in front of us now, know that we can handle the problems around and in us, and know that tomorrow will be better because we are not just choosing ourselves, but each other. We are choosing to love rather than hate, life instead of death, and the next generations future rather than our present.
Good night and good luck….