The MILLENNIAL and THE Z'S THE AUDACITY OF HOPE
Humans are creatures of habit rather than logic and defensive by nature, even when we are wrong. We perpetually destroy the moral fiber of our being as we try viciously to trump each other, "no pun intended." The ultimate faith of America will depend on the unity of an interim new generation of thinkers void of offensive tactics. Millennials and the "Z" generations are known as incredibly sophisticated, technology-wise, immune to most traditional marketing and sales pitches; many, but not all, not only grew up with it, they've seen and been exposed to the smash-and-grab mentality of the rich and the poor, since early childhood. The rich because of greed, the poor because of survival, and the middle class torn between. Tactics of fear and hatred with a pound of alternative facts. A phrase coined in 2017.
Now with DYN (Dynamic Data Exchange), social media is the CPU (Central Processing Unit) with the help of FPU (Field Processing Units) and LANs (Local Area Networks). I love acronyms and the Military Phonic Alphabet because it brought clarity with every reading from the same page and listening to the same radio.
Time is running out; outside forces are radicalizing our youth as we procrastinate to self-destruct in the name of self-initiated "internal fear." A political philosopher named Edmund Burke once wrote, "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing." No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning, as does the mindset of fear.
Millennials and the Z generation have a voting population expected to rise above 75 million, which can be a game-changer. The combined arrogance of a younger creative mindset, united, selflessly giving positive input with the power to vote, can germinate a new inside-the-beltway mentality. Millennials make up over 25% of the US population and have at least 21% of direct buying power, a massive influence on older generations. 46% of millennials have 200 plus friends on Facebook. These statistics alone would be a show of strength if unified in the mindset of eliminating divisive politics and racism. An old saying is, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink," especially if the horse is old. At the age of 76, by physical standards, I am old, but through experience, my mental capacity is beyond reproach by trying hard to keep an open mind.
In these trying times, we must propagate our senses with knowledge rather than hate and with wisdom rather than hearsay. Void the mind of vile thoughts while empowering it with words of jubilance, exuding Love in the caliber of which becomes the ammunition from the chambers of our SOULS. Millennials, it's your time. The "Z's" it's your future. Don't allow money and divisive politics to dictate your and your children's future. And to my older citizens, a reminder of Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, he said: "The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." I say: If you are motivated, compare and contrast the speech of March 4, 1861, with the insurrection of January 6, 2021. One was external, the other internal. Then, willfully read "The Soul of America" by Jon Meacham and ask your soul where you stand on the future of America.