posted on Oct, 1 2012 @ 01:39 AM
Hi everybody, i have been thinking a lot lately about the impacts of different generations on history and the society we have today. What has really
been my main note from all my observation of the younger generations not only here at ATS, but in my daily life as well, is the amount of desperation
to be gleamed in the minds of the young.
A general distrust of government, business, religion etc., has been the main note of agreement amongst most of us. Things are messed up and they are
messed up bad, but what exactly is it that's messed up?
As this thread is mainly for those in the early 20's and younger of ATS, i am asking simply for you to ask yourself what it is that is exactly wrong
with our society?
To take it even a step further i would like to direct that question to the young of ATS who feel it isn't worth it to contribute to the system..
As you ask yourself this and think about it for a minute i will present to you how i feel.
From an early age i began to surf the internet, reading about history, current events, science etc.. Early on i learned very quickly how many problems
the world actually had, at the age of 12 i had a feeling that there is no possible way we can fix everything that is happening in the world. Well now
at the age of 23 i finally am beginning to realize that reality is not all we quite make it out to be. What i mean is that the reality of the world
being this bad, dangerous place full of double deals and bribery and blackmail and injustice, while valid, is a direct result from being bombarded by
the worlds problems from such an early age.
Many can and will argue this generation is spoiled beyond all belief, but i don't see spoiled, i see hopelessness. I see a generation who unlike any
other in our recorded history, has efficient access to a wealth of knowledge so vast it has allowed us to peer into the realities of the world at a
young age. Why is escapism such a problem among the kids of today? are we all lazy? No, i don't think we are lazy, what i truly believe is the
culprit for the epidemic of escapism is the inability for many of us to deal with everything we are expected to deal with nowadays.
On top of the pressure of figuring out what you will do to survive for the rest of your life, you are also pressured to make sure you like to do it,
and furthermore to make sure it helps other people. These pressures are based in the mindset of our entire society, they expect great things from the
generation with everything at their fingertips. The older folks expect us to take the advantages they didn't have and excel beyond what they have
done, this is what i fear has contributed to the overall lethargy of the youth in this country.
Its not enough to just BE in this country anymore, its almost as if you feel you are failing your family and country if you take the fast food cashier
job, or the horse manure shoveling job. On top of knowing all of our peers too have this same expectation you can almost guarantee to be ridiculed by
them if you are seen not making a huge impact on society. This has caused mass numbers of intelligent and artistic individuals to retreat to the
safety of their unbiased internet!
So what is there to do? what do you do? Well we have to get accustomed to failure my friends! and this leads to my point. My generation, is so scared
and afraid of the consequences of failure, that many of us use this as a reason to not even try to begin with! Of course if you try you have to
realize you are not guaranteed to be the best at what you do, you are not guaranteed to be a celebrity of millionaire innovator. You are not
guaranteed anything, and that's the point! that's what our grandfathers try to tell us, that's what our elders try to tell us, but we still feel
the void that we are failing if we do anything less than make history. This is just not true!
Now i cant dare to say this is all of us, i cant pretend to know this is the exact cause of all the stigmas we face as a generation. But what i can
say is that i AM thoroughly convinced that our generation has been given a major gift, and like spider mans uncle always said, "with great power
comes great responsibility", and its pretty obvious knowledge is power these days am i right?
All in all i am just pained to see such smart kids, with so much potential and so much to be cocky about, staring at their shoes sad and depressed.
Staring at the ground wondering why life sucks for them, staring wondering how anything will ever get better and how they will ever lead a meaningful
Remember, failure is Alright! in fact once you get used to it, failing is one of the greatest things that can ever happen to you! Only in failure will
you change your ways, only in failure will you tweak your formula, only in failure will you finally imagine the perfect story! Only in failure will
you ever truly see "where" you are at! Only in failure can you truly change who you are! Its the story of our lives, it falls in line with the
amazing idea that no matter how many times you fall you have to keep getting back up!
Through constant failure, through constantly disappointing, i finally found my passion! Only through failing in many of the things i have tried in
life have i finally come to the point where i have decided what i want to fail at for the rest of my life now. EVERYBODY FAILS, directors, authors,
businessmen, leaders, everybody fails in one form or another, it is how you build yourself!! The key is learning to build from failure!
If this is you, stuck in the idea that the world has nothing to offer, stuck in the idea that the inner world is more important. I want you to know i
once felt the same, i once felt the weight of the world on my shoulders like its going to be my responsibility to fix everything, like i am the only
person to help. But i realized every day there are 1,000,000 miracles, you just have to keep putting yourself out there till you get one, heck
sometimes you might even catch two!
But you are not alone!!! you are not at all alone, we have been given a chance no other generation in history has had, we have the opportunity to help
adapt the old to the new, we have an opportunity to help the world in this age of change. The entire world is evolving, things are changing, like
always! But now we can see the entirety of the change, we can at the drop of the dime see what is happening all over the world. We can see how people
think in other places, feel how other people feel in different situations. We have the beta-meta-brain at our disposal, understand what i am trying to
say? We are going to run this country one day, maybe not all at the same time, but we are the future!
i did want this to be a discussion from all points of view about the Y&Z generations speculated place in society btw..