It has been a fairly lengthy while since my last post. But, here I am and here is a new idea to put forth.
Over the past number of years, I have become acquainted with the upcoming generation in a variety of settings. Mostly through work and the church. I have been noticing a very intriguing characteristic, a theme so-to-speak, that brings me much hope and anticipation for the youth. I realize that, to some, I am still considered young (college and career). What I am talking about, though, is the ages 13 – 18 or 19.
What is this “theme” you ask? It is dissatisfaction with materialism and commerce and fascination with open-source, creativity, and community. I am not saying that they do not like material things, but they do not see material things as the end all of life; yet, they see it as a means to a better future.
I’ve been witness to the wonderful resources these people have learned to draw from and create in an open-source world; a virtual kaleidoscope of networking and resource that has led to many a wondrous accomplishment (look into the charity donations due to Mass Effect 3!).
The creativity and freedom pouring out of these individuals is intoxicating and sets a whole new president for visual media (the Mortal Kombat shorts and Epic Meal Time, as some examples) and forums of discussion that span continents. The influence this originality has is even pushing the boundaries of education systems around the world, with the help of great minds like Howard Gardner and K. Albrect.
What impresses me the most is the reviving sense of community I see in these youth. They are so hungry, that they have created and spun the webs of a new form of community that can put aside discrimination, does not allow for creed or colour to interfere, and allows for honesty. This new form of community has also given new flavour to the atmospheres that surround them.
I know that each of these things can and have been exploited to harm the upcoming generation…but it has not been by them…it’s been by the older generation, whose emotional, psychological, and capitalistic filters breed dishonesty, greed, and lust into the very people who will one day choose which home to leave them in.
STOP DISREGARDING THE BRILLIANCE WHICH IS OUR YOUTH and start feeding them integrity, ethics, respect, and humility. It’s time we didn’t screw up those who will come after us with our petty need to be in power. It’s time we serve the needs of the many and the needs of the few.