“Youth is wasted on the young”
George Bernard Shaw
A question, what does this world look like to a young person 18 to 30 years old?
I really can't say, I'm past my youth and I don't associate with young people. I see how our popular culture represents them and quite frankly I'm disheartened. What do they value, do they have the same hopes and dreams as my generation? What do they stand for, do they have any lines in the sand that shall not be crossed?
This generation of young people is one, perhaps two generations away from being members of the Borg. They live so close to the shadow of technology it has become difficult to distinguish a human form.
This new symbiosis the young have with technology has even transformed warfare. Militarists around the world have had to change the paradigm in order to optimize the young warrior's tech savvy.
Hand a recruit a M1 Garand and the first question will be, how do I plug it in to recharge? Forgive me, this is not about deriding young people, I'm just pointing out the orientation of their world view.
My generation faces a very sad idea “will we live long enough to die in battle?” We're getting old, my days of battlefield maneuvers are over.
Technology, I helped bring in the technological age but I'll be damned if I can set a DVR to record. Give me that Garand and I can field strip it blindfolded, no lie, reload my own ammo and put an edge on a knife you can shave with. Run the length of a football field, no thank you.
Who will fight our war, be the strong fearless warriors cast in the molds of honor and bravery? Those proficient with sidearm, garrote and hands.
I look about this landscape of potential warriors and see young men and women who possess outstanding physical abilities. But looks can deceive. Have they a warrior's heart, intelligence and sacrifice? Have they got the right stuff? The future of our country will depend on our youth.
The battle we face will be fought over a young person's mind and heart. Our fight is to draw them away from this pop culture, socialist, I deserve it mentality. Good Lord what a mountain to climb.
When the economic annihilation begins, most of our young people will be lost about what to do, how to survive. At this point, they can either turn to government or we can usher them towards freedom. We must be prepared, our minds set on saving these potential warriors. Understand, this will have to be done by us individually, each of us sponsoring, mentoring and training as many young warriors as we can.
Food, housing, security will be the offer to attract them, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness the promise to convince them to fight.
_ Emily Disraeli