An Answer to What Happened

A couple months ago, a post on leafbird. called “So… What Happened?” rippled a small wave among my circle of friends, many of whom confessed that they wondered the same thing about their parents.

The question of: “will the society change our generation, or will this generation change the society” generated many debates back and forth, and many investigation about what really happened. The answer still remains up in the air, I guess we shall see in a couple decades.

However, (call me an optimist or idealist or whatever you like), I believe that our generation will change the society. Yes, I have enough faith in this gaming-obsessed, porn-addicted, YouTube-binging generation to believe they are the solution to our problems. Humans much fabricated our own demise, and as a side product brought many species into extinction, heated up the earth and probably caused two stars to collide on accident.

Sometimes I look around and I see cheating, maligning, compromising, procrastinating, and at times like this I find it hard to keep up the optimism. Nonetheless, I am often reminded that the same group of people are feeding African children, promoting mental health, protesting discrimination and conducting environmental research. The same group of people have their head on track and have large visions and high goals for not themselves, but for the community.

Sure, we all have fragility as humans, and more often then not we lack to intent to pursue goals. That’s the reason why I love to read 16th century poetry, they realize that humans are mostly weak (also because I barely understands the arcade language so it hurts less). Every generation has been this way, but the advancement in technology just made it easier and more apparent for our times. Therefore, we are not the “wrecked” generation.

My theory is, every generation has a common goal, and a story behind that common goal. For my parents, it was to prosper, to live the “American dream” of a well-paid, honorable career, earning big bucks and enjoy life. For them, the topic of discussion at a college reunion is who became the CEO of the top 500, who was promoted the fastest and who bought the biggest houses. That’s how they judge success.

Our story is different. Most of us are privileged at birth, consequently of our parents’ endeavor, and we want to make a difference. Imagine with me if you will, 10 years from now at a reunion, would everyone be obsessing over the person that made a name for him/herself in whatever industry. Yes. BUT, more importantly, we would be congratulating whomever started the most well-known charity, whomever traveled the world and made an impact among the way, whomever went to India and provided millions of people with clean water. This is our perception of success.

Therefore, I don’t think our generation has large dreams because we are better, but because we are living in the time that we are.

Now that’s very comforting.

xx L.






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