I stumbled out of bed early this morning, made coffee, and headed to the computer to read the news. Still disturbed by the caving of the congressional democrats, I didn't want to come here until I was fully caffeinated and alert, so I cruised to The Pilot, our local paper, and headed to the Opinion section, thinking to amuse myself with the letters to the editors.
I was caught short by the byline and title of the first editorial. Was that my son's name? Day-um! It is!
This is part of what he has to say:
A lot of the followers of this trend (emo)happen to have nothing out of the ordinary to be sad about. That's not to say that they don't have problems; everyone has problems. But a lot of the kids, from personal experience, happen to have cars, a lot of friends, and stable families that have at least a decent income, yet they complain about absolute darkness.The point is that there is a growing idea in today's youth that having problems is cool, that being messed up is something to be proud of.
This man-child I grew then puts us on notice, and gives a good reasons for it. We're failing.
You sang John Lennon's song, "Imagine," which urges you to do away with possessions, countries, and religion. You sang this song and thought of the Utopian peace that could be just within reach, but you kind of ignored the fact that it was anti-religion, anti-government, and anti-capitalism. Realizing that might have brought about an actual revolution, if only a revolution in your own personal paradigm.
I'm not saying anything for or against those things that John Lennon wrote about. I'm simply making the observation that generations before me professed to favor such radical change but went on without really doing anything about it.
And now think of today's youth. We went from John Lennon to Kurt Cobain, from Bob Dylan to Eminem, from Neil Young to Marilyn Manson, and from peaceful counterculture to disaffected nihilism. And the thing that I notice the most is that I'm one of the few who notice.
I'd disagree with him there - I think that many of us notice. Are we honestly willing to do anything about it? There are few leaders who have actual power who show they understand his point. I see it; I have a feeling that there are many who read this site who see it. Are you willing to do something about it?
The older generation of the peaceful counterculture doesn't take much notice of the newer generation of the disaffected nihilism; they only take notice of the symptoms. They see icons like the aforementioned and blame them for the problems with the youth. In actuality, any problems there happen to be in the youth come from the need to change the paradigm after the last generation failed to do so.
Heh. BOOM. The emphasis is mine.
Those of us who have lived long enough know that trends repeat themselves. I laugh when I see clothes on teenagers that look like the clothes I wore in high school. I nearly cried when the author of the editorial referenced here asked to borrow my Eric Clapton, Led Zepplin, and AC/DC cd's. (And did I have any vinyl??) But he's written this to give some advice, and finally, put us on notice. There's another trend coming up, one to watch for.
Your kids are becoming more disaffected with every election. The generation that grew up singing John Lennon songs is now the generation in power. They are now the generation that has the ability to do something to change the world. But my generation doesn't see anyone trying to do that. Maybe you should start thinking about that. Because I know I am. I know my peers are.
You say you want a revolution? You might just get it.