What makes you excited for the US and afraid for it looking in the faces of the coming generations?
Many have told me that they have all confidence in the coming generations' tech smarts, social insight, creativity, and ingenuity. But they are afraid that they don't have strong enough morals and ethics to maintain the traditions and culture that have raised the U.S. to greatness. What do you think?
I don't see in what way the future of the U.S will inspire excitement? Can you enlighten me?
You want the good news or the bad news?
The Bad News: General consensus will be a thing of the past. There will be no more great heroes of American history. This is not because there will be no more great American history (there will.) Rather, it is because it is impossible for everyone in America these days to agree on anything, including what constitutes a "great American hero." There will be no more FDRs or Lincolns or Kennedys. America will be split down the middle on just about everything, including whether a President is a hero or a villian. More bad news is that our market system provides the public with very cheap luxuries. Often, these luxuries are not exactly healthy, and do not really cultivate a productive attitude. People of this generation will be lazier and probably fatter. This is due--in large part--to the Internet.
The Good News: This generation, although lazier and not as slim, still possesses just as much--if not more--potential for creativity and productivity as any generation before it. Additionally, the great American melting pot continues to boil, and more and more cultures are adding themselves as ingredients in our all-inclusive recipe. Say what you will about the state of bigotry in America, but tolerance is at the highest level it has ever been in our nation's history, and bigotry only continues to wane away like a distant, embarrassing memory. Another plus is that opportunity is more abundant than ever. There is much talk about the growing disparity between the rich and the poor, and exactly what to do (if anything) about that disparity is a discussion for another time. However, I will say that people only seem to see the inequality of outcome, and ignore the increasing equality of opportunity. Three popular names in the American lexicon: Justin Bieber, Perez Hilton, and Jimmy Wales. All channeled their talents through the Internet and achieved incredible success. The "gatekeepers," (record companies, television networks) are rapidly losing power, and the rat race is becoming much more fair. People can trade their talents to the world directly, without having to jump through hoops, and without having to "know the right people." This is due--in large part--to the Internet.
StegToDiffer, the usage of the name Perez Hilton in connection with either talent or tolerance is a huge contradiction.
What I said about Perez Hilton has nothing to do with tolerance, that was a separate point. Secondly, I wan't talking about his talent. I was talking about his success.
Your bad news is thought-provoking. Please tell us more! It could be developed as a hub. Thanks for your insight.
They would be right to be afraid for the young generation(s), because they're being fed a line of hogwash by a large number of the current powers-that-be, including politicians, teachers, and this current generation of parents. The old tried-and-true ways of living moral lives are not only being dismissed, but attacked outright. America is being coaxed and bullied into biting the hand of common sense & moral reason that has fed it, protected it, loved it, and offered it true liberty for so long, and liberal activists are trying to spit in the face of God.
That's what makes me afraid for it.
What makes me excited for it? Hope and Faith! Because I have Faith that God CAN intervene in this generation in America, and Hope that He WILL intervene before a pattern is set for future generations. I've read the back of the Book, so I know He wins in the end; but I don't want to see this current generation fall through the cracks toward hell; their souls are precious too; so I pray God raises up leaders, young or old, who will stop the downhill slide.
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