We love to reminisce about the good old days . . . when kids had to show and earn respect; when we spent all day outside and then gathered around tables for dinner; when our thoughts, words, and attention spans were so much looser and simpler.
Cities seemed cleaner and friendlier. Cultures still carried their own special magic.
But do we forget the closeted double-lives we led, or the casually accepted bigotry we held toward anyone outside our group(s)?
I happen to be optimistic about the future, even despite the sudden waves of fresh division stirred of late in the media.
Millennials have been given reason after reason not to trust or rely on divisive, dogmatic authorities (911, Iraq war, total economic collapse…). They’ve also found the freedom to express themselves as individuals and bring their value to the world without need of permission or funding.
Fully connected, millennials carry no natural intolerance or prejudice.
So let old media use its spun sound bites to try and scare or sell us on animosity. How long before it’s seen as just another needless entity desperate only to sustain itself (like all the rest)?
Don’t watch the news. Instead, connect with as many diverse individuals as you can.
I’d recommend the book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, by Steven Pinker, which shows how moving away from us-versus-them thinking has led to a worldwide decline in violence.
“I hear babies crying, I watch them grow. They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know. And I think to myself what a wonderful world.”