Have to admit – I am proud of us. The “us” that I am giving props to is my generation – called Generation X, GenX, “Xers”, etc. Most of the time, references to my age group are derisive and dismissive. We are told that we are the “whatever” generation. We would rather sit around in hot tubs and complain than actually do anything about it. Not much to be proud of – if you believe it.
However, I have found ample reason to be proud of my generation. I just started really using my facebook page. I have never really liked networking sites. I have always viewed them as at best a waste of time and at worst a dangerous place where your personal information is out there for the world to see. Then people started hooking up with me – family first, some coworkers. In the last few days it has become really exciting, as friends from high school and college have joined the fold. Therein lies the source of my pride.
The profiles of my friends are profiles of people who are the exact opposite of the “I Don’t Care” generation that seemed to doom us 20 years ago. I see men and women who have raised families. I see the athletes who are teaching at respected universities, the shy classmates who are respected lawyers, and the class clowns who are successful doctors. I see people involved in their families, communities, and their country.
GenX became dissatisfied with the politics, practices, and procedures of institutions that were unwilling or unable to change what we saw as a very unjust and evil world. So we said “whatever” to them. But far from withdrawing, we decided to change things in different ways – through our families, our work, our spiritual practices, and community involvement.
So, while I might never be a facebook maniac, that social networking site has put me back in touch with some of the best people I know. Congratulations to all – I am proud of you.