Like many of you, I had the opportunity over the Thanksgiving holiday to interact and observe the members of Generations Y & Z (alternately known as the Millennial Generation); among whose members are those just entering their college years, and those who are now graduating.
Although I am absolutely no fan of the atheist German philosopher of the 19th Century, Friedrich Nietzsche, I must say that I agree with this statement of his: “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”
The curious thing is that our individual arguments for the veracity of this statement are actually antithetical. What I mean is that, when he wrote it, those who thought alike were people of faith, morals and integrity. Nietzsche viewed them as stunting the growth of youthful passions, and obsessively promoted his philosophy of "whatever is life-enhancing" as real Truth. "God is dead" was a theory that suited him just fine.
But it is not my intent to address Nietzsche's anti-God rants in this blog post. Rather, I want to convey my concerns about the future of our youth. Like every generation before them, once they leave childhood behind and begin tentatively exploring the world beyond the safe confines of family and home, they inevitably come to the conclusion that they are so much smarter than adults.
I admit that I am speaking from experience. I thought the new and different ideas that were presented to me in college by broad-thinking professors seemed so much more expansive, and offered a wider range of acceptable behavior than that of my strict parents. Why, there was a whole wide world of different opinions out there, and what was the harm in contemplating them? Didn't they result in affirmation and tolerance for those who had been "kept down"? But as I grew out of my liberal youth into my conservative adulthood, I learned to think for myself; and my radical idealism became more realistic. I still wanted my world to be a better place, but I realized that notion couldn't be legislated, propagated, or forced. It had to come from a sincere change in your heart and soul.
That liberal mindset is prevalent among our youth of today, and it is almost a rite of passage. But the "religion of tolerance" has gotten so out of control that it threatens to destroy our culture. Our youth are bombarded with so much information from so many different sources; and the voices speaking of morals and integrity, (let alone faith) are being drowned out in a cacophony of corrupting influences.
For instance, if it's been said in a YouTube video, they accept it as Truth. Does anyone under the age of 25 ever think to do their own research; or are they so brainwashed by technology that they accept anything and everything that is posted as undeniable and reliable?
And if some nihilistic, narcissistic celebrity embraces a cause (from same-sex marriage, to abortion rights, to gun control), then they blindly follow. No one wants to be left out of the crowd. And the celebrities are just as bad ... they blindly follow each other. It's too dangerous to their popularity or careers to have a righteous or individual thought of their own! Remember Nietzsche's philosophy ... "The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike...".
This generation of young adults don't even question the absurdity of a college microbiology class called "Zombie Apocalypse 101". Supposedly the curriculum will study the biology of diseases. But is that really why the class filled up in record time, or is it that all the students have been mesmerized by the latest culture fad?
And I worry about our youth that are becoming teachers. I am seeing a definite dividing line between those young teachers who see through the propaganda and subversive tendencies of Common Core, and those who are easily influenced by its anti-American agenda. Those who willingly teach the adulterated version of our history can, and will, have a tremendous impact on the future of this nation.
I know there are those who will think I am making much ado about nothing; that the next generation has always thought they were smarter and more enlightened than the last. But this latest age group are being driven faster and harder towards a future that will be Godless; and they could potentially affect our lives like none before them. If they can all be convinced to think alike, and to blindly follow powerful and famous figures, then who will be the individual voices for the unborn, the aged, the disabled and non-producers? Who will champion decency and honor? Who will speak of miracles and heaven? Who will be left to fight Evil?
I know in my heart that a confrontation is coming. But I also know that God always has a remnant that remains faithful to Him and His Truth. I am encouraged as I see the few among this Millennial Generation who will refuse to follow anyone but their Lord. It is absolutely important that those of us from previous generations uphold them, sustain them, defend them, and above all else ... teach them how to see through the deception. Their future, and ours, has never been more tenuous. They may think they know everything, but we must be like the prophet Jeremiah and invite them to "Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known."
Job 28:28 "But to man He said, Behold, the reverential and worshipful fear of the Lord—that is Wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding."