The Lost Generation

History gave us “Generation X”, which in turn gave birth to “Generation Y”. Today’s rising youth are sometimes referred to as the “Lost Generation”. It is a retrospective reference to the disillusioned youth of post-WWI, viewed comparable to present-day. Two years ago, a creative and thought-provoking video was submitted to the AARP’s U@50 video contest. It received a standing ovation, and took second prize. I was impressed with the underlying spiritual message.

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  1. I’ve heard of the generation after my generation (X) also being referred to as the Millennial generation. I think I like that term, since it illustrates the amazing ways this generation has grabbed onto the information age and ran with it. They are not perfect – no generation is, but they really are amazing. I think there has never been a better generation of youth, and I’m very proud of them.

    I’m not a cliche person, but I think it’s fair to say it is the best of times and the worst of times – the best of generations and the worst of generations. While the moral thread is being stretched to it’s limit, others of this generation are turning the thread into a rope, and it won’t be long before the thread that can’t seem to break will become iron.

    Exciting times ahead! Frightening, too, but exciting!

    – Chas


  2. Powerful. As a member of the generation in question I have seen both sides to that argument. On the one hand one need only look at the mess we’re inheriting to want to throw up one’s hands and declare that as it’s all going to burn anyway, all that is necessary is to find a place with a good view to watch the fires. But that’s despair and cynicism talking, and much of it was silenced the first time I held my newborn daughter in my arms. I can’t let the world burn, she’s got to live in it.

    I can’t say that I know for certain that everything is going to get better, or that we can really change this world for the better. But we can try, and the members of my generation owe it to those who come after to do at least that.


    1. Sidney – you have offered a wonderful perspective: to successfully navigate the present generation, we must think of the next.

      Carol – You’re welcome!


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