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A treasured generation

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A Disposable Generation

We live in a time when almost everything is disposable, from televisions, automobiles, even buildings. Eventually everything is thrown away and finally recycled, if possible. In many cases things are manufactured to wear out, or have lost its usefulness and is tossed away. It is a culture that has gradually worsened over the years. When driving in your car take a look at our streets and highways, they are filled with disposable litter waiting for collection, and landfills are becoming small mountains. This discussion is not to make people aware of what is disposable, but what is of value, and what should be saved. My point is that a great treasure is being disposed of with fervor. It is a whole generation of people who are aging, and no longer seem to be of value to the younger ones. This system is gradually putting older ones out of work, out touch, and basically ignored. This generation has moved from the family conversation, to shorts bursts of words in a text message, or a picture on a web page with a comment or two. This “get to the point medium” is rapidly replacing the face to face exchange expressions of individual thoughts and creative ideas. As time passes by, if the older ones have not caught up with the sweeping tide of electronic communication, they are put on the curbside like a big box television. This begs the question, when do the young visit their grandparents, and when do the children of parents give them a call or visit to show their love and concern? When do they ask questions about family history gone by, and the roots of their very being? When death knocks at the door for the elderly, they are rarely spoken of again.

In this “busy me first generation”; a great deal of life is centered on monetary gain, social status, along with a smattering of religious training on Sundays. Morals have been sidetracked and have deteriorated to the point where good is bad and bad is good. Violence is found in every corner of life. The forms of entertainment we view, and the news we are bombarded with are reflective of the ways of life we live with. Children’s video games have ratcheted up to new levels of death and destruction. It won’t be long before their fingers will have more strength than their arms.

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