by Kenneth Justice
~I have never been to Asia or anywhere else that is considered The East…..
But I have traveled extensively throughout Western Culture and there is an observation that always strikes me; People in the West tend to be very angry.
–) In the U.S. Republicans and Democrats tend to be angry with each other…
–) In Great Britain the Labour Party & the Conservative Party are at extreme odds….
–) Non-Smokers tend to be angry with cigarette smokers…
–) Non-drinkers don’t like people who go to bars…
–) Marijuana smokers get pissed off with anti-marijuana people…
–) Drivers flip each other off willy nilly; ‘road rage’ has become normal…
–) Bicyclists tend to resent automobile drivers and vice versa….
–)Hardcore conservative Christians tend to resent homosexuals…
The list is endless…..I could sit here for hours listing elements of Western Culture that leads to debates, arguments and lifelong resentment….if you don’t believe me;
1) Turn on Cable News and you will see and hear a lot of angry people
2) Hang out with a group of people talking politics and you will see and hear a lot of angry people
During the 1960’s young people throughout Europe and the United States had grown tired of all of the nastiness surrounding politics, government, and religion…..
With lyrics like, “C’mon people, smile at your brother everybody get together…gotta love one another right now”
Young people in the 1960’s believed the answer could be found in music, love, and peace…….
Some of those young people joined demonstrations….
many others thought the answer was to drop out of society and live in communes……
Many different things were tried to solve the problems of war, anger, discrimination, etc…..
Yet, 50 years later we are right back where we were…….
I’ve written extensively about the alienation many young people are feeling;
1) they feel disconnected from each other
2) they feel disconnected from adults
3) they feel disconnected from religion
4) they feel disconnected from the Government – (as we saw here in the United States in recent years with the Occupy Wall street Movement)
So what does all this mean?
I suppose I could let myself off the hook and say…..”I really don’t know”
In truth, I have far fewer answers than I have observations…l.
However, I believe there is a link between the anger we see at the popular level and the disconnect we are seeing among the youth of our cultures.
A question each of us must face, whether we are single, married, divorced, childless, or we have 3 children;
“Do we want to be a part of the problem…..or a part of the solution?”
I am not a doomsayer….
I do not believe that the end of the world is going to happen tomorrow….
Although, hopefully Bruce Willis and his crew are able to stop that meteorite from hitting the earth….
Nonetheless…..I do believe that if we are interested in being a part of the solution…
Then, we must continue the dialogue….
We must not shy away from talking about the things that matter most….
Lets not spend our lives being lost in the daily trivial nonsense of Kim Kardashian…
A little bit of trivial nonsense is okay…..but when our lives are spent behind a television or video game….then are we really living our lives?
Or are we merely passing the time till our death?
Obviously…I am still thinking about my friend who died earlier in the week…..and I think it is good that I am…..
We can either use the death of a friend to propel us to a more meaningful life….
Or, we can allow the death of a friend to lead us to intense depression….
It is our choice…so we must choose wisely.
Right now, I am going to choose to drink another cup of coffee….a cup of Peru Fair Trade Organic….
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