“If you don’t stand up for something, you’ll fall for anything.”
I was reading an interview with Chuck D recently and he had an interesting theory. It was that the powers that be are all too happy with the new status quo of seeing people remain in a state of prolonged adolescence. Younger people are more progressive and more open to change by nature. The civil rights movement, the end of the Vietnam War, all would not have happened if young people hadn’t gotten actively involved in politics. Although we had Occupy Wall Street, that seems to have faded. I’m not breaking any news when I say that in our culture people remain teenagers long after they stop being one.
Now I’m not saying this is part of any orchestrated effort to keep people in this prolonged state of adolescence. I think it is a combination of cultural and economic factors. However, if you want to see the world become different than it is, we need to become involved in it. I’m as guilty of anyone of getting lost in the woods for long periods of time. It’s in my nature to fly solo. But we really need to realize that if we, and especially people younger than myself, don’t get involved, we’re going to end up in a world that we don’t want to live in.