What systems are beyond our control? That something Alexander Hellene doesn’t quite define in this post (see https://amatopia.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/millennials-we-are-a-symptom-not-the-problem/). However, as we read this post and Hellene’s posts, the nature of the “systems” become apparent.
What is Hellene’s concern? What happened when Gen X came along? Lots of Baby Boomers accepted the priorities of the world over the priorities presented by Christianity. Why? We did not learn — were not taught — the wisdom provided by the Bible. We did not even learn that the best wisdom our society still offers came from the Bible.
Why didn’t Baby Boomers learn about the Bible? Two things happened.
1. We the People allowed politicians to take over the education of our children.
2. We the People put the mass media in charge of babysitting our children.
We put politicians and the executives of big corporations in charge of educating, pouring the ideas and beliefs they thought appropriate, into the minds of our children. Why did we do that? Who trusts politicians? Anyone? What about the executives of big corporations? Aren’t they just successful sales people? When they are just trying to sell us stuff we don’t need, why would we trust them?
Consider what resulted.
1. The politicians benefited. Since politicians started running America’s schools each successive generation of Americans has allowed the government to grow in size. It has now grown far beyond anything the founders of this nation ever envisioned. In fact, they would be horrified.
2. The corporate execs benefited. Many corporations are huge, and the people who own them are fabulously wealthy.
What is the problem with allowing a big government and big corporations so much control over what we learn? What is the problem with allowing government and corporations to grow so big and powerful? Can you imagine trying to live with a thousand pound house cat? An ordinary cat eats mice and is a menace to birds. A really big cat, like saber-toothed tiger (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smilodon), thinks you are a mouse. That’s our government right now. It is too big for us too control. Want proof? All we have to do is look at what is going on. Similarly, big corporations, labor unions, huge organizations of any kind, can weld power that beyond the our ability to withstand. When we allow the elites of our society to control what we and our children know and believe, we allow them to control us.
I hate playing the victim card, but many of us are victims of systems beyond our control. In light of this, how can the system and expectations of how it will work not have deeply affected the generations of America?
I suppose one of the biggest dividing lines between the generations, particularly mine and the ones before and after, is Gen X’s deep and abiding cynicism. I honestly can’t see how one, once they understand how the world works, can’t be a cynic.
This is also why I have more sympathy than many for so-called “conspiracy theories.” We’ve been lied to about so much for so long that the idea of a sinister, shadowy cabal comprised of power-mad oligarchs controlling everything for their own ends is the only view that really makes any sense.
Another difference is expectations. Boomers grew up in an era where the systems worked…
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