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Seeing them right now paralysed and confused in this world that we are leaving to them

well i thought that more a couple of years ago, but i have been meeting/hosting many young people these last two years, and actually i am impressed how many have a major clue, and are navigating the changes with resilience, optimism, and of course the sheer joy of being young and interacting with others of their age.

certainly there are more deeply damaged individuals too, those who shut down emotionally because the hypercomplexity of today's world overwhelms them, i'm not trying to paint a completely blue sky but notwithstanding the general trend collectively is towards sanity, they are less apolitical than many of the BB generation were, less hedonistic, and more attuned to the importance of global solutions to global problems, mastering easily the social media and intuiting how to use it to expand and improve their worlds.

naturally i try and select for these kind of people, and have largely succeeded. i have become much more positive through the experience, as before i was hanging out too little with young people, and that can jaundice one's outlook not a little...

if we can somehow hold back from totally ripping the ecological rug from under their feet, i think the best thing we can do for them is move over and pass down more power to them. they already see how futile many of our preoccupations are, and will not willingly reclone them. sure they need a little guidance sometimes, we all do, especially at that age.

we are very fortunate to have your voice here, vbo :)

 

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Aug 23rd, 2011 at 03:38:50 PM EST
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Thank you for your kind words...I can be annoying sometimes, haha
I have a hope for young generation too. They are navigating "world full of mines" and that's not easy.
Their lives are not going to look like ours...my problem is that I don't see it necessarily as a good thing.
I think we should have a diary about young people today and explore different segments of the issue...and hear from them.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Tue Aug 23rd, 2011 at 05:41:13 PM EST
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the issue

which one? global systems collapse? they have need for confidence, so i try to avoid damaging it with doomery.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Aug 24th, 2011 at 05:32:20 AM EST
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which one? global systems collapse?

No. I was thinking a diary about problems that they are facing in today's world and how they manage... you know : education, work, family ,etc. How they feel about changes that they have to endure in their lives. Because their lives will not going to look like their parents lives...so they do not have example to follow. Stuff like that...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Wed Aug 24th, 2011 at 06:14:42 AM EST
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