Gee, I wonder how my faith was shattered. Could it be the fact that American Idol gets more voters than a presidential election?
Sad but true. Even if many of the voters for American Idol are below voting age. Who knows, maybe it will catch on and this coming generation will vote as they get older.
I can just see the tv and radio spots to promote the election. It would be marketing from hell.
The sad thing is, our political leaders are way out of touch with the generations behind them. But what is even worse is that the generations behind us tend to be even more out of touch with government, politics and the world at large than any generation before them.
I am frightened when hearing a 20 year old say "world war 2? that's like ancient history." I mentioned that "ancient history" wouldn't have involved their grandparents.
I know so many people in that same generation who think that Vietnam was "that thing with the hippies"
Korea? What happend there?
And don't even ask them about any of the mid-east conflicts. Even Desert Storm is something they barely remember.
I had a very good friend of mine who is in her early 20's tell me to leave her alone on 9/11 when the usual panic phone calls start to get made. Her response was "why does everyone keep calling. So what some people got killed. It's in NY it doesn't affect me. I'm going back to bed." To this day she still doesn't think it's a big deal. She knows nothing of the events surrounding the mid east or Korea. She simply doesn't care.
Needless to say, my friendship with her has dwindled as has my friendship with many people younger than me. I used to think it was because the mental age gap was an issue again, and then I realized it is more than that. I simply can't be around people that out of touch with the world around them.
To so many of the younger generations Eurpoe is a place to go see with cool buildings and a lot of visual history. But ask them about the culture, about the people past and present and they look at you blankly. How many people want to see the pyamids, but think nothing of the people who built them and the decendents alive today? Or how many people want to go to Japan to be at the electronic meca yet know nothing of the current culture other than anime and badly reproduced weapons, much less the history.
Gah....I am disgusted again. Some times it seems so obvious why the rest of the wold hates us.
We should stop trying to tell the rest of the world what to do and fix our own problems. We have enough of them.