Our Generation…

Just another throwback to an older writing…Might be worth a look given the times we live in…

We are the children of the New World Order; the infants of Moscow, Washington, and Berlin; the kindergarteners of Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and Somalia; the teenagers of 9/11, Bagdad and Fallujah, Kabul and Kandahar; and the young adults of Facebook, Google, and Twitter.  We are the Millennials, the “Me” Generation, the “Now” Generation, the selfish by-products of consumerism, globalism and the failures of our parents.  We have been called lost, impatient, lazy, undisciplined, and ungrateful.  We raised ourselves on video games, the Internet, and popular culture with blatant disregard for the welfare of the society we would soon inherit.  We drink too heavily, take too many drugs, drive too fast, have too many tattoos and piercings, rebel against authority, and piss off too many people.  And we are inheriting a world full of uncertainty and instability on a scale of which our parents can’t even begin to fathom where physical and structural violence rule the day and conflict is the order of business.  We have seen governments fall and our leaders fail and we are beginning to see a world where our communities, both physical and virtual, are becoming far more powerful than even the greatest nation-states of our fathers’ generation…And now we stand on the edge of history at the infancy of a new decade where despite our total lack of preparation and maturity, our time has finally come…

Regardless of the immense challenges set before us and our own youthful angst and stupidity, we will work like dogs until our goals are met, our solutions are found, and our world is whole again.  We will take great risks, challenge every reality we face, fight for what believe or simply for we were taught to believe, pull answers out of our ass, and build something from which there once nothing.  As many of us have been self-educated from a world where nothing is secret and any and all ideas can be published and expressed, we will learn from our failures, the failures of our parents, and the failures of our peers across the world whom we have more in common with than even our closest elders.  Some of us will chose to Lead, many will follow, and far too many will perish in the effort.  Yet despite the costs, despite the setbacks, despite our losses and failures which will to surely be too frequent to count, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that somehow, some way we will succeed…

We have everything we need at our fingertips, in our minds, and in our hearts.  The tools are there, we need only to find new and creative ways of using them in order to build the world our children truly deserve.  While our parents lived in an age of division, polarity, and violence we have the unique opportunity to build community and global society from the ashes of the decaying world order through our tireless efforts, youthful ingenuity, and the blood shed by our brothers and sisters all over the world.  While we are by no means close to the “end of history”, the ignorant fantastical conceptualizations of utopian society, or a true end to world poverty, violence, and the dark side of progress, we can establish a new global governance-based society built on a reoperationalization of the social contract and our ever-growing universal cosmopolitanism values.  Rather than seeking the rapid transformations our youthful consciousness so desires, we can measure our successes in positive increments of change, in making the places we go a little bit better than how found them, and in freely and fearlessly spreading our ideas, our successes, and especially our failures to those around us while we continue to push forward.

As we stand at the beginning of perhaps the most critical decade in human history, I only hope we truly have what it takes to meet our challenges and face the failures of our fathers.  I hope we can overcome our adolescent angst and irrational fears and develop the maturity, clarity of thought, and patience necessary for our work ahead.  I hope that those of us who live long enough to raise their children may find true peace in the knowledge that their work is truly for the good of the next generations.  And I hope that those who perish and fall will be neither forgotten nor worshipped as martyrs but that others will simply shoulder their load and continue their work as that is the only way to honor a sacrifice.

Christians believe that Easter is a time for new beginnings, for new life, and new opportunities.  And I feel that it is as good a time as any for us to continue our work with new enthusiasm and a new sense of purpose.  Our time is short, but not as short as we may believe.  Our cause is just, but only as just as our efforts can make it.  Our challenge is great, but our resources are greater.  And our talents are many, but are limited by our creativity and our realities.  For my fellow soldiers, the time has come to work ourselves out of a job.  For everyone else, we’ll give you the space you need.  Just do good things and keep up the faith…One moment at a time…

Here’s to the greatest decade in human history.  Happy Easter to all and may God save the Arab Spring.

Cheers,

Brian

24 APR 2011, Grafenwoehr, Germany

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About briangdonnelly

I'm pretty much a random traveler and free thinker. Right now I live and work with the Army in North Carolina. I grew up in Missouri but am from the northeast US and have traveled a lot with the Army and life in general so I can't say I really have a "home" except where I chose to catch a few hours or rack each day. Overall, life is pretty awesome and I'm looking forward to changing the world. Hit me up if you care... Peace, Brian
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