One of the reasons many of us try to accomplish things in life is for our own history…
Our legacy, if you will. That’s the wayn it is in this new America, where even major events and famous people are forgotten in the blink of an eye.
I speak with many young people – the new generation – and their interest in the past is nearly nonexistent. When I ask them to name famous actors, historical figures or even major events that most of us are well aware of, they don’t know or care.
It’s shocking to me.
Names that mean nothing include, Johnny Carson, John Wayne, Paul Newman, Babe Ruth, Micky Mantle, any president before Kennedy and any war heroes.
In fact, they know nothing much of anything about this country’s past wars.
They know nothing about WWI or WWII. Nothing about Korea, Vietnam or much about our history at all, The Civil War…HUH?
No, they don’t know the blue was the north and the grey was the south. It’s not taught much in school and if it is taught, they don’t seem to listen or to care.
Now some of you are thinking, “Well, Craig you’re just getting older and not accepting all the changes.” Maybe.
So let me get this straight: you guys over 35 think this is all just fine. The new way – the SOCIAL MEDIA world? Really.
You like it that anywhere you go from a restaurant to a movie theater, the entire audience under 30 is on their iPhone texting and Face Booking, usually about nothing of any importance. Or better yet, playing the latest game? Shopping?
What’s lost in this mix is our recent past. Continue reading