What we're not saying
This blogging thing appears hard to keep up for me, because there are so many days and even weeks where nothing worth noting appears to happen. What then? Do you just write about how the week was typical? This however brings up an interesting point for me; the silent majority.
It has been brought up a lot these last few years how the younger generation seem so easy to offend and how easily they try and suppress that which offended them. At the same time, it appears to me that there exists an awful lot of fear out there about how the world appears to be changing so quickly, and as such the fearful slink back into modes of thinking that appear safely small.
To me, these appear as symptoms of a much larger issue. Everything, as it should, appears to be getting questioned at the moment. Everything from gender to language to government to how we conduct our daily lives are being put under scrutiny from those who *should* be questioning such : the young.
I have always stated that the primary role of the young appears to be to question what was there before. It happens all the time in nature. The old always gives way to the new. And not always in a peaceful fashion either. But that appears to be how nature keeps itself relevant to its surroundings. Likewise in our society the young have always questioned the established order. From the moment they are able to ask that most important question - why - the young are challenging the old and established to justify why we think, act and behave the way we do. It appears to be the most natural thing in the world. And also the most challenging. We have to look at everything we do and justify it. And simply quoting "because it's the way we've always done it" doesn't work for many as an answer. That appears to me to be the biggest cop-out.
Whether you believe in the Mayan view of looking at time passing in ages (baktun I believe), from what I recall the period we're currently living in was described as the point between the ending of one age and the beginning of the next. And those times are always the ones frought with the most discord, because you have the established old actively fighting against the emerging new. And I am definitely seeing that occur almost daily these days.
We appear to be in a point of great transition. The failures of past forms of thinking, from religion to politics to finances, are becoming increasingly evident and people, mostly the young, are asking for change. But the established order likes things to be familiar, as do we all as humans. And you'd be surprised at how much of a fight the old will put up to keep things familiar. Among with a myriad other reasons that are too numerous and complicated to include here, I can also see this in the way we suffer terrorist attacks today.
People always get defensive when their egos are on the line. And when you invest your ego in something from as small as a football team to as large as a spiritual path, any perceived attack on what people invest their entire sense of identity in usually provokes a strong reaction. Yes the clanish nature of human beings can be blamed for this also, but it still comes back to the point of the perceived threat against your clan (whatever that may be) appears rooted in a perceived threat to the self. And threats are usually met either with force or with capitulation. So the old ways are being challenged. New ideas are being put forward and the leaders - usually the old and established - reject them out of hand, even to the point of stirring up opposition and even violent reaction to the new in an attempt to fight it and eradicate it.
In the end though, the new are challenging the old because it appears to be nature's way of saying "you have this, do you still need it and why?" Simplistic I know, but all the same... The young and the new point to something like religion, or gender, or politics, or language and ask "why are we doing this?", "why do we still need it?" and the big one "does there appear to be a different, better way and if so, why aren't we doing that instead?"
For the most part, as usual, we're mostly hearing only the vocal minority who sit on either side of this divide screaming at each other. What we're not hearing appears to be the silent majority; the ones sitting still and watching all the tracer fire go overhead and thinking "hm, something to think about perhaps." And those people, to me, are the ones to watch. The vocal minority will not be the ones steering the ship into the future, though they will try their best to. The silent majority will be. They'll be the ones who'll be keeping the old things that work, but also trying out the new things that might be better. And all the while you won't hear them yell or shout or scream. It'll just become a new routine for them.
So yes, perhaps members of the new generation do appear to be more easily offended by things said or done than the past lot. But it could be that they're just asking that question - 'why?'
How will you answer?