The Beginning or The End?
Well it all seems not to long ago, events that have happened 10 years or so now feel as if they have just passed over us. The events that have happened to this country’s current youth has eternally scared us whether we want to admit it or not. By youth I mean anyone from this country born in the late 80’s to the early 2000’s. Looking backwards from today to the late 1980’s our generation has experienced what feels like a never ending chaotic story. Yes some great and memorable things have happened during this time but the events that have transpired has set our youth’s opinions,views, and feelings towards our Government. This being said this also includes social factors to our society and so called “morals”. Now of course these factors can vary from person to person, but looking at our generation as a whole you can get the feel towards a general opinion or an overall majority agreement among certain issues. This in all is due to the exposure of our own society and the very people that run it. Examples aren’t hard at all to point out as I can recall Gulf War 1, War in Iraq, War in Afghanistan, being wars that have happened during my generations time. Within our own country we have also had some dreaded experiences. We have seen our country go into a recession with a spiraling down economy costing millions of jobs to the American people. Our own banks had even help fail society as they were one of the main contributors to the start of the recession. Its not hard to point out that our generation is or will be distrusting of the government.
Many say that our generation is full of left wing advocates or liberals. I think this is true to a point but I wouldn’t clarify our generation with one or the other political party. Our generation has experienced the worst from both political parties. Obama’s presidency hasn’t been the most supported, and many hold him accountable for the direction in which our society is headed. Im not saying he is I’m just saying statements that are generally said. Now for the opposite side of this wonderful and perfected political spectrum we have the conservatives AKA Republicans. I don’t care if you are a Republican, but the state at which our nation was at reached a whole new low point back then. Now you can look at George W. Bush’s presidency but you won’t see to many gold stars or achievements. No matter the case of your political views, if you had been born in this generation you have already seen by now that it truly doesn’t matter what party is in charge. For our generation has seen more than just government issues during this entire generations time. We as a society have hit a wall of complications that one can not just declare governmental issues. These so called issues have effected our society domestically and internationally making our path as a society change like never before. The thing is though our generation doesn’t know anything else, we haven’t experienced any other type of governing among this country. Even though many may disagree with the solutions and actions our government has taken, but we don’t know anything else. Our generation has been born in a time of conflicts not just internationally but also within the borders of our own country. Resolutions and peace are foreign words here, and by the ways things look it just may continue that way.
I have heard people of older age complain about our generation for multiple reasons. Our attitudes, not being raised tough enough, addiction with technology, etc…. There are many other’s but I’m sure if your from this generation you get the gist of it. I always found this to be a pretty remarkable, bold, and dumb statement. How can a generation be at blame but not the very one’s who raised it? The one’s who invited the very things that our generation just can’t get enough of? Are we at fault for ruining our society when all our generation has had the chance to do is grow up and go to school. Our generation hasn’t even had the damn time to pick up the pen and write out our own fate, but yet we are already at the helms of responsibility for the destruction of civilized society. How is this even possible? Simply we are just a young scape goat that has already been used as an excuse to explain for some of the happenings of these times in this world. Under a government full of nothing but old rich men its inevitable that there will be some type of scapegoat for the wrong doings of a society. This should not be the reason that our generation is not great though. For we our just at the starting point of our paths to how we will run this world and society. One day it will be our turn to write our own actions and doings and now is just the start of it all. We shouldn’t take the faults that have been put on us by the rest of our society for our generation is among a whole new standard. Our generation good or bad will have the final say.
These times have called upon new issues never before dealt or seen with. With the on going actions of father time it was inevitable that someday these issues will have to be answered for. It just so happens to be that our generation will be the ones responsible of doing so. Questions of Gay marriage, Marijuana, Fuels, Global Warming, Healthcare, Social Security, Immigration,Internet, Taxes, Welfare,and International conflicts are just few of the many issues that our generation will have to answer. Even though some of these issues have been dealt with in the past, they have been renewed by our changing of times and society. Nothing ever stays the same and that is why some issues seem to have recycled themselves. Now some may say that this comment is true for every new generation and to a certain extent it is. With the times and advancement of our society though our generation has reached a very important time within our society. We are the generation of direction, and the path of that direction is determined by our generation and will build an infrastructure to society for years to come. Founding Fathers of the modern age we must be, as we will have to answer questions, and set courses that have never needed to be dealt with in the first place. Living in a world of technology and other advancements is a nice perk to everyday life. Trying to control and manage it though is a different story. We are the first generation to be born to this modern age we have reached. Technological advancements that have been found fascinating and extreme in the past are now irrelevant as our generation has been born with these advancements and it has been apart of our daily lives.
Life as we know it will only progress to become more difficult . Being that we have to settle a lot of unfinished business things will get rocky on our path as a generation. Being considered the greatest generation to ever live seems to be far fetched but we are the foundation for what is to come the next 100 or so years. This generation based on what we do as a society and a collective will determine the utter fate for generations to come. Social or Social freedom how will our generation look at this. With all that has happened, and acts like the Patriot Act it really shows the placement of society and government. Yes, it can be for protection but I’m here to say that we as Americans have been slowly seeing our country take social freedoms from us during the course of this generations timeline. Now there does need to be a certain balance between the two but we will decide where this line will be drawn in the near future. The reason why our generation needs to change the ways of our instituting government. How much freedoms are you willing to give up for so called “security”.
A fork in the road we have it. Two paths one of the current way of life we live in now, and the other a bright optimistic road but cloudy for the future cannot be foreseen. If we choose the first path as our option our generation will just be sitting ducks to the world around us. Society won’t progress at all, and continuing our old ways may slowly decay the very state of our own nation. Without evolving as a society I don’t see how we as a country can get back on our feet domestically and internationally. Rejecting certain freedoms and rights to individuals can only produce two outcomes. The first, being a society numbed down to the bone by the government whose involvement in a citizens daily life has increased tremendously throughout the years. The other outcome is a society that begins to revolt and protest against their own institution causing a civilized war between institution and society. One of these outcomes we are already in. The involvement that our institution has on daily citizens life has never been higher. Our generation can either proceed to stay in this current pattern or we can try and establish our individualism. Although our generation is young, we need to establish a collective voice that recognizes the actions of the government because if not it will be to late to dig ourselves out of the whole that many others generations have helped dig.