end of the road

I must have spent more than eight hours on the phone yesterday talking with only two people: Paco and Paul’s brother Conor. I have trouble remembering which conversation was which, the content and opinions were so much alike. It should have been a single conference call. A good time would have been had by all.

The thing I find so remarkable is that these two young men, both creatives—one in his late thirties and the other in his late twenties—has each in his own way come to the same conclusion: that our old way of life has come to an end and we are on the threshold of a period of revolutionary, disruptive change. One is ready for it, one is not, but both are resigned to it and looking for opportunity in the change.

Both are convinced that the game is rigged, that no government at any level exists for any reason but the enslavement and exploitation of the people, and that there are no reasons but coercion and self-interest to ever comply with government in any way. They see that the whole political, economic, and legal system we have now is unsustainable. They believe it is falling apart before our eyes. They say their friends believe the same in varying degrees.

There is a quickening sentiment in the air favoring radical change. There is growing disregard for authority which has undermined its worthiness by its own actions. The young do not trust their elders to do the right thing; they expect them to do wrong.

Are Paco and Conor representative of a trend of thinking within a whole cohort of young people, or a reflection of the kinds of personalities with whom I most enjoy spending my time? I think it is more a case of the former than the latter.

Informed opinion among the young has reached a tipping point. Authority does not impress them. Authority, they say, has perpetrated gigantic, endemic, and persistent fraud. They know power and authority rely on their followership and compliance, and they’re not going along or following anymore (if they ever did, which I doubt).

Both these guys are “failed products” of our schools. The schools never did succeed in extinguishing their creativity and independence nor in breaking their spirit. They are self-directed, energetic, brilliant people with much to contribute.

They’ll do it their way, though. These are no lemmings. They are disenfranchised by the system and the status quo, and disdainfully dismissive of it.

They and others like them are our greatest hope.


2 Responses to “end of the road”

  1. 1 mikki
    June 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    That picture is GREAT !!!! 😉 MIC

  2. 2 Debbie
    June 22, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Many of the young people I know are actively trying to make a difference in the world. They have taken jobs in nonprofits, like Habitat for Humanity, and are working for change. Though they see the mess the world is in, their idealism is still intact. I share their belief to work for tomorrow and not lose hope.

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