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Where's the passion?Posted Friday, July 13, 2007, at 4:47 PM
Over the course of the last week or so we've had some lively discussion about some of the bigger political issues of the day and that's sparked a question in my mind that I thought might be worthy of it's own blog.
Why do young people seem to take no interest in what's going on in the world? What is it that is so different about today's generation that keeps them from becoming active in the causes they believe in?
I know this is 1967 and the issues have changed, but why does it seem like young people don't take the active part in the world they once did.
Forty years ago when an issue rose to importance, the young people of America spoke out for what they believed. If they disagreed, they protested. If they supported the idea, they became involved.
It just seems like the passion is gone. Maybe the issues to have the same power or they don't feel their opinion matters.
What will it take to make people understand they have to stand up for what they believe in, no matter what the cause.
My first year of college I took a course designed to provoke thought and discussion on various current issues. On day one, our professor gave a quiz, but not just any ordinary quiz.
It asked questions like who is the vice-president? Recite the pledge of allegiance? Who are your legislators? Probably a dozen more of the like followed.
The scores were pathetic. Out of 32 students only 12 could name the vice-president. Six could name their legslators. Only 15 could recite the Pledge of Allegiance (for some reason none could remember "indivisible").
What's wrong with this picture? Why the lack of interest in the world surrounding them?
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