Posted on September 6, 2016 by

Do We, in Society, Have a “Lost Generation”?

First, a very brief update from the last post about me personally. I will just simply leave it at that things might finally be coming around and I am currently in a positive head-space, hence why you are getting an actual topic/thought rather than just me being frustrated with life. There will be more details on that later. 🙂

First, let me set up some opinions that you will need to know to give this some thought. As I browse around the internet, social media, and other outlets of news, I constantly see, hear, and read things about how bad things are now compared to “the old days”. Now, depending on your age, the “current generation” could be you, one generation behind you, or in front of you. I think you get the picture. At any rate, people are always downing the current generation. I, as a 30 year old, consider myself the 3rd generation alive (I’m giving a generation about a 10 year gap). I see a lot of things listing the current generation as a “lost generation”. What makes a generation lost? Who decides if they are? Why are they lost? Where were they trying to go?

This is where we will start to rely on perspective and perception again. (That keeps coming up, doesn’t it?) I think that we, as humans, want to think that “our generation” was better than than the ones after us. We look down at the music they listen to, thoughts they have, opinions they give as well as things they do. Perhaps it’s justified, perhaps it’s not. I’m not here to tell you which way is right or wrong, because I don’t have the answer. I just simply want to provoke you to think.

Segway for just a second ( 🙂 ), I think it’s worth noting that there is ALWAYS room for improvement. I don’t believe in perfection. Calling something perfect is just a means to justify not working on it any longer. I will never call anything perfect and that is just something that I will always live and believe. That being said, no matter what generation you are in, I encourage you to do something to positively influence someone. No matter how big or how small, do something. (This is the pay-it-forward mentality from the aforementioned post as well) If you need a video with music to help, try this one:

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At any rate, in my opinion, we (every generation) control our own destiny, thus making any one of them vulnerable to being “lost”. The biggest reason for me wanting to make this post was to show you that your perception of EVERYTHING is important. Not only important, but imperative. A perfect example of this is a poem that my wife actually ran across in her Reddit-ing. The unique thing about this poem is that you can read it from top to bottom as well as from bottom to top. Give that a try now:

I am part of a lost generation.
And I refuse to believe that
I can change the world.
I realize this may be a shock, but
“Happiness comes from within”
Is a lie, and
“Money will make me happy”
So in thirty years, I will tell my children
They are not the most important thing in my life.
My employer will know that
I have my priorities straight because
Work
Is more important than
Family
I tell you this:
Once upon a time
Families stayed together
But this will not be true in my era.
This is a quick fix society
Experts tell me
Thirty years from now, I will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of my divorce.
I do not concede that
I will live in a country of my own making.
In the future,
Environmental destruction will be the norm.
No longer can it be said that
My peers and I care about this Earth.
It will be evident that
My generation is apathetic and lethargic.
It is foolish to presume that
There is hope.

There is hope.
It is foolish to presume that
My generation is apathetic and lethargic.
It will be evident that
My peers and I care about this Earth.
No longer can it be said that
Environmental destruction will be the norm.
In the future,
I will live in a country of my own making.
I do not concede that
Thirty years from now, I will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of my divorce.
Experts tell me
This is a quick fix society
But this will not be true in my era.
Families stayed together
Once upon a time
I’ll tell you this:
Family
Is more important than
Work
I have my priorities straight because
My employer will know that
They are not the most important thing in my life.
So in thirty years, I will tell my children
“Money will make me happy”
Is a lie, and
“True Happiness comes from within”
I realize this may be a shock, but
I can change the world.
And I refuse to believe that
I am part of a lost generation.

Neat, huh? So, my question is simple. In the way that you live your daily life, which way are you reading the poem? If you feel that you are a part of a “lost generation”, do something……

Poem Credit:  Johnathan Reed