Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Youth will have their way...eventually



Does anyone doubt that "times - they are  a-changing"? The days of isolating a population, only allowing information that is sanctioned by the state are gone. Facebook, Twitter, blogging, the Internet, cell phones, have changed the world forever. Ideas will be exchanged. There is no stopping it now. With the exception of North Korea, the world is heading into a new era. They will think for themselves, thank you very much. They will have human and civic rights. They will have a say about global warming. Not every soundbite and political hack will be believed. And lets not have any more stealing of elections. At least not without a fight. The youth of the world will demand that changes be made - one way or the other, sooner or later. They're not waiting for the old to give way - they realize the old will not go willingly. Just as we realize that in the United States.

It may take some time - but change is coming.

I, for one, wish them the best in their endeavors. As a child of the Sixties, I recognize their power.

32 comments:

Lydia said...

Wa-hoo! yes indeed, here's to their power and their place in history. It's intoxicating to think of all that entails.....there are no more "baby steps" in this new world.

GooseBreeder said...

Yes indeed we have to have optimism!

SquirrelQueen said...

Another child of the sixties agrees with you one hundred percent. The changes have already begun, the effects just haven't been felt yet.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Yes, that is the way of life. The youth of today have been bombarded with information, are highly educated, are facing many global crises they did not create - we need to listen to them and step out of the way instead of desperating grasping to our hold on power.

We can do that with our own children too. Instead of always playing 'parent', be quiet and listen to them - the wisdom is astounding. We can learn much from them.

Thanks for this post Nancy. Good provocative thoughts.

ellen abbott said...

Yay for youth. They have the energy and idealism to make changes.

Jeff D'Antonio said...

They are the future of this world. Teach them well, and then step aside and let them use what they've learned. That is our job.

DJan said...

Because of the power of communication and how much it brings us together (witness this very blog), I am sure that the world will become even smaller. I think Kahlil Gibran said something like "your children will go to places that you cannot visit, not even in your dreams." Or something like that.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Terrific post, Nancy. Now, if the youth can find the music - like the Beatles, for instance - to push them ever forward.

Erika C. said...

Thanks for this and thanks for visiting my blog. I am also a child of the 60's. My dad went to Columbia and I remember as a child walking past the campus during the riots and thinking that was what college would be like when I grew up!
Well it wasn't like that for me, but you are right, there is a freshness and openness in the minds of youth today. I love spending time with them. And I love listening to what my kids, 7 and 10 have to say and the questions they ask. What a gift!
love,
Erika

Midlife Jobhunter said...

"The youth of the world will demand that changes be made - one way or the other, sooner or later."

Yes, it will be most interesting to see what they choose. The innovation of the mind of this younger crowd will wear out those that don't want to budge from status quo.

scarlethue said...

Being a part of this new generation, I hope you're right. I know this very young company for which I work (my CEO is 26) definitely has a modern attitude with thoughts toward global wholeness. I also know, however, there are those among my generation, like in all generations, who'd rather sit on their bum than do anything good, and there are also those who don't see the change we're bringing as a good thing. So I can't help but be a little wary.

Meeko Fabulous said...

Nancy! This was very inspirational!

Lily Robinson said...

Cool! Er... or should I say GROOVY! I can step aside and let them take over. Whoa! That's a scary thought...

Brian Miller said...

it is coming...i imagine we will look back in about 10 years from a whole different vantage point...i am all for change...

lakeviewer said...

Yeah! And their voices will be heard and echoed throughout the world.

JeannetteLS said...

I find that watching some of the young people find their massive voices... their voices en masse, is re-energizing my own voice, my own urge to keep writing letters to editors, and to support this next generation of rabble rousers in their efforts. Thanks for the blog!

Land of shimp said...

One of the neatest things about this, the age of global communication with ease, is that we can find out how much we have in common with people around the world. Geographical boundaries no longer define our mindsets.

There's a sense of global community that is awesome to behold, and take part in.

It really does bode well for many possible futures.

~JarieLyn~ said...

Lots of possibilities in change. I only hope that it is for the good.

A Year on the Grill said...

viva la revolution'

us older than dirt folks need to make them earn their spots, weeds out the uncommitted. BUT the committed will always find a voice and a spot in history

Phoebe Miriah Kirby said...

I am happy to be a part of the youth and the revolution. I hope it does change. :) I really do.

Jo said...

I think it's not just the youth. Never before in history have we had the opportunity to exchange ideas and information -- for free! It's incredible. Almost anything we need to know, we just log on, et voila! there it is. And anything we want to share with the world -- same thing. And it is our responsibility to use our new-found power -- responsibly.

Sylvia said...

Yes, changes will come. No matter which powers try to stop them, they will have their way. Hopefully for the best!

GYPSYWOMAN said...

POWER TO THE NEW GENERATION!
POWER TO ALL PEOPLE!!!

oh, yeah, the times, they are a'changing!

GYPSYWOMAN said...

great post, lady - just realizing how i miss those days of sit in's, walk out's, stand up's - protests - marching - demonstrating! oh, but wait! it's never to late!!!

Elizabeth Bradley said...

I find most of the youth today apathetic and passive. I wish I shared your enthusiasm.

otin said...

I am not sure that I share your optimism, completely. It seems that the new generations are a little bit disorganized as a whole.

ρομπερτ said...

Even though born '74 have to admit that indeed life has been changed much since I was young.
Most of my students do have a computer and internet, even those who are just ten years of age. Remember playing in the forest when I was ten.
But there is also an example for me, as their might be marriages after meeting online.
A wonderful Wednesday for you.
p.s.: I just wonder what my son will be able to see.

Joanne said...

Sadly, I agree with Elizabeth Bradley. The youth of the 60s had it much more together than today's youth.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

It is a little scary...... some of the youth I come into conact with seem to be more interested in body art and piercings. I do realize that I am isolated here in the middle od the mid-west in he middle of nowhere!

Gaston Studio said...

Each generation brings with it what they consider to be new ideas, but usually, they're just recycled ones.

Nancy said...

Agreed! But most of the time, the youth are wrong, simple lack of wisdom imparted by time. So its slightly scary as well.

Sapphire said...

More power to us! we will no longer sit back and swallow the sedative effects of media, politician speech, fear creating news headlines and corporations trading for our freedom and sanity! We take back our free will and power and refuse to be numbed out, distracted and dictated to!