“My generation and younger are all inheriting a trash planet
too expensive to live in and that’s why we are mostly
disassociating, apathetic, and/or depressed.”
A response I received to a social comment musing about the double-edged sword of progress.
When my eyebrows raise almost to my hairline? That’s an indication of strong sentiments. So let me make this short and sweet:
Every generation inherits a planet with problems, including mine. But my generation in their youth were not sitting back disassociated, apathetic and/or depressed waiting for someone to make it better.
They were actively trying to do it themselves.
They believed if you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.
We can debate how successful we were in our efforts to change society: some wins (end of Vietnam War) and some losses (I count civil rights as a loss because it turns out you simply can’t legislate morality).
It’s also possible to argue that one reason we haven’t gotten farther is that younger generations didn’t take up those fights but instead, decided to sit it out.
But I can tell you this: nothing was ever accomplished by generations who sat back and whined about the situation they were born into.
Change is not going to come if you wait for someone else to make it better. Change is only accomplished by people who take responsibility for their situations and work to make them better.
And that’s true of everything in life. And I do mean everything.