I hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend! Veteran's Day passed without notice here at UMW. In fact, now that I think about it, I'm not even sure I could successfully name our fast-changing list of countries we currently have military operations in. But we discovered in my American Studies class that veterans get free meals on Veteran's Day at Applebees, so I guess that makes it okay.
This morning I'm reading a sad little piece in the Washington Post's Faith blog about a 30-something veteran's loss of faith in the leadership of our parents' generation.
Think of the world our parents’ generation inherited. They inherited a country of boundless economic prosperity and the highest admiration overseas, produced by the hands of their mothers and fathers. They were safe. For most, they were endowed opportunities to succeed, to prosper, and build on their parents’ work.
For those of us in our 20s and early 30s, this is not the world we are inheriting.
I am, of course, mentally excluding my own parents when I read this. I also am forced to note that the prosperity he describes back in the Good Old Days was in no way universal, and was distributed along race, gender and class lines that bear consideration. But it's still a good read.
He's not particularly optimistic about the ability of those of us in college to someday soon step up and do better, though - apparently we act like children. To which I respond: Don't worry! We fully got this! ...I think!