In my last blog, I talked about hope in the Millennial generation (18- to 24-year-olds), despite the statistical evidence that Millennials have lost hope in their own generation to make a difference in the world.
I purposely ended the blog kind of in the middle of my thoughts on the topic. I figure you probably don’t want to read ridiculously long blogs, so here goes…
One of my thoughts on the Millennial generation is, yes, I believe we can be one of the greatest generations. However, I believe one of the major downfalls of this generation is its lack of motivation or drive to do anything great. The majority of this generation faces a huge hurdle with the overwhelmingly strong promotion of self-centered attitudes and behaviors, encouraged by our media, and the culture around us. Everything we see, hear, taste, and experience tells us that the most important thing in life is making ourselves happy.
This becomes increasingly difficult to love one another as time goes on. How can we love another person when all we care about is loving ourselves? Its no surprise the divorce rates in people under the age of 25 are growing each year. Currently we face particularly high divorce rates, according to the The Americans for Divorce Reform:
Age at marriage for those who divorce in America
|Under 20 years old||27.6%||11.7%|
|20 to 24 years old||36.6%||38.8%|
|25 to 29 years old||16.4%||22.3%|
|30 to 34 years old||8.5%||11.6%|
|35 to 39 years old||5.1%||6.5%|
This same group projects that upwards of 50% of all marriages will end in divorce by the end of the year if current trends continue. This is only one of the numerous signs that our generation is becoming increasingly dysfunctional on many levels.
As we approach yet another presidential election, we are, no doubt, confronted by various political campaigns with all of the ways in which our current president, and our government, are failing us as citizens of this country. As November gets closer, we will get bombarded more and more with politicians telling us that we should be angry at one party or the other for the way things are. Honestly, I don’t really care which side you’re on. The reality of the current status of our circumstances in this country have far less to do with what one man does in 4 years, but rather what type of culture we, as a country, have developed over the span of many decades of time. We set ourselves up for failure every day when we become more and more self-absorbed. Granted, this is just my opinion. But have you ever thought about how different things could be if an entire generation lived in light of the potential it possesses?
Do I believe our generation could be one of the greatest generations in the history of humanity? Yes. Do I believe our generation WILL be one of the greatest generations in the history of humanity? It’s hard to say…
What I’m proposing is, maybe we should take advantage of this newly found passion against our self-absorbed culture, and make sure that by rejecting the unhealthy parts of culture, we aren’t filling the void with more unhealthy things that we create for ourselves and call it “better”. We do this more often than we want to admit. If we could own up to our mistakes and take responsibility for our actions as a whole, we could lay healthy foundations for the next generations, rather than setting them up for even greater failures than we will make.
Dreams are only important if we have the drive to make them a reality. Dreams are merely meaningless wastes of time, lost in our thoughts, escaping the reality of our mess, if we aren’t willing to follow through with our dreams and let our imagination and our motivation become one driving force behind what we do. If we were to let our dreams become our purpose, we could make a huge impact on our world. I am speaking of positive dreams, of course. Obviously, If someone wanted to set fire to the redwoods just to see what a huge bonfire looks like, that’s not a dream worth pursuing or supporting, just so we’re clear.
My point is, I hope and pray we can be a generation that not only breathes new life into an environment of imagination and passion, but that we can put all of that energy to good use. Our passions should thrust us into action. If you want to dig a well for a group of people that don’t have fresh water, or go into the military, or become a doctor, or own a coffee house, or start a band, that’s great! All I’m saying is, with whatever you do, do it with the drive it took to put men on the moon. Live your life with the same compassion it took to believe in causes worth dying for. Love one another with the same love that makes a mom lift a truck to save her child. Dream with the same imagination that painted the Sistine Chapel.
Be consumed with a passion that you can get lost in, so much so that you forget about yourself, see the needs of others, fight for the less fortunate, and seize the opportunities, as they present themselves, to have the faith to take a leap into the unknown. Who knows what the unknown could possess! The cure to cancer, solutions to illness, ways to accomplish world peace…who knows? Why not dream big?