Originally posted by Partygirl
OK this will be controversial lol
I respect age, I know and respect lots of old people, I hope to be one myself someday lol.
But let's face it, you people screwed up our world, bad.
And guess what else -- we are the ones who are going to have to deal with the mess!
So who is "we?" Let's for the sake of argument say 20-30-year-olds. I guess you could change this definition at either end to some extent, but that's
vaguely what I'm thinking of.
The solution would be for nobody in major power to be over 30. Maybe you could make a few exeptions, but basically after 30, that's it. You retire or
become a "consultant" or "advisor" maybe. (I'm only talking about positions of real power here -- Washington, Wall Street, Fortune 500 CEOs, etc.
People who own their own little stores or businesses or who have jobs like doctors, teachers, janitors, etc...no change with age).
Everyone heading Wall Street, Washington, the University system, all the power nodes of society -- energy, commerce, international trade, military,
etc. -- would be headed by people in their 20s. Smart people selected rigorously and fairly, but young,
They would bring their creativity, their will to survive, their vibrant life force which starts to ebb when people get older. Fresh ideas, dynamic
attitudes, and youthful idealism....what's not to like?
Plus, the new generation, 20s and below, is much more spiritual than the olders, who are merely religious and cling to outward forms. The 20somethings
are spiritual seekers who can bring fresh and innovative new life to tired old religion, bringing in a breath of fresh air in culture and the arts,
We need change bad, but a 40-year-old tired-looking old man who is corrupt from skeezing around in the Chicgo dirty political system is not "Change."
Who is with me! Youthquake!
Who is with me??
This thread feels like an experiment of some sort. But I'll bite anyway. Believe me: your explanation is anything but a "fresh idea". It's as old as
humanity and is about as silly as what they pass off as music today.
The problem is much deeper than age and the fact that you think that "fresh ideas, dynamic attitudes, and youthful idealism..." is the exclusive
domain of those who have fewer years behind them and much less wisdom reveals the fact that you have a lot to learn. It also shows that you don't
really have any fresh ideas to offer -- just the same blame game that has gone on for thousands of years.
The world has ALWAYS been f@!#$$ up. How could you not know that? There are lots of reasons for that and it has nothing to do with who's at the helm
of society. It has nothing to do with old folks, young rebellious malcontents (I'm an older, rebellious malcontent, so go figure), fresh ideas, stale
and overused ideas or anything else you've mentioned. For example, I'll bet that you vote. That's a tip off that you have no clue as to how things
work and is a stale idea put into action. If that's what you call "dynamic" I'm sorry for you. It's also a clue that you are deluded (I should say
mislead, I don't mean to insult)
I'll tell you how you can figure out what the real cause of the world's problems is and what is not. Go through pure hell in your life-- for YEARS,
DECADES EVEN--, lose everything (which was usually not much to begin with), lose your family, experience death, illness, incessant hardship beyond
belief and all the time THAT is going on, still maintain your compassion, care for others, think so far out of the box you don't even know there's a
box anywhere near you, hold on to hope that something better will come if you just don't give up.....in other words -- somehow, GROW UP.
....and then, when you've had the crap beat out of you, think about all you've experienced and why things are the way they are. At that point, first,
you'll KNOW that the spoon-fed, uncreative and stale explanations as to the cause of the state of the world -- including your belief that "old people
are to blame" -- are so simple-minded and wrong that you'll never understand how you believed them in the first place. Second, you'll take either one
of a very limited number of paths at this point. You'll either have transformed into a reclusive, hate-filled wreck, or you will draw on what little
courage is left and fight your way, for the umpteenth time, out of hell and hope that this time it sticks. And by that time, hopefully, you've given
enough deep thought to this and can come up with real ideas. Hopefully, you will have abandoned the canned, divisive "explanations" that are pumped
out to a public who lets other do their thinking for them. In other words, campaign brochures and catchy slogans will mean nothing to you. Deep
thought and consideration will.
In short, you'll need to really suffer to understand down to the depth of your soul, however. Learning this from charlatans like Chopra or some other
cheap, pseudo-spiritual clown, or from a stack of "spiritual" books will never impart true understanding. Remember, hopefully you too will be old
someday and, hopefully, there will be no one to seek to marginalize you or your life. I'm sure you'd appreciate someone seeking out your well-earned
wisdom rather than trying to shut you up.
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