For those of you who are my age or older (I'm 40 by the way... Well, 41) I wonder... Do you ever look at the next generation and feel that we failed them miserably. Through our own selfish behaviors, and misguided sense of entitlement, becoming more and more apparent that we are leaving the next generation, and the ones that follow far less than what we received.
And I'm not talking about global warming or an outdated sense of morality that was best left behind in the 1950s. I mean the global environment that we allowed to be controlled by those who only serve their self interests. We have allowed the radical right, and the even more radical left, to frame every debate in every country around the world.
Once upon a time, to be a moderate was to be reasonable and thoughtful, a person who understood that a single unbending mindset would lead to disaster. It always has, and always will. Now, being a moderate is associated with disinterest and an inability to form a solid opinion.
When once the idea of a centrist was associated with wisdom and understanding, the unbending polls of the political and social spectrum have driven us underground; relegated to writing useless blogs, and taking part in even more useless online discussions. And even then, we are attacked.
We live in a world where Christianity is associated with hard-liners and evangelicals. Jews are swarthy bankers looking to destroy the Palestinian people. Muslims are fanatical terrorists, who want nothing more than to either kill you or convert you. Well, at least were not saying anything negative about the Buddhist nowadays.
The funny thing is, I have friends in every religion that I can think of, of every race there is, and not one of them fit the description the fanatical left and right portray. So in essence, we've allow the world become a polarized, chaotic, mess. And the real tragedy is, we haven't even equip them with the tools to fix it.
Shame on us!