Friday, March 16, 2012

More Miserable Than Ever Before

It may be that the "Me . . . . . Generation" has become so lost in trivialities that it cannot be conscious of its own peril. If so, the young people of today will be as complicit in the extinction of humanity as are we who have carried out a lifetime of planetary destruction.

If this is true, should we ask ourselves if it is worth our time and effort to try to save future generations from themselves? The answer is still "Yes" because we have a moral responsibility to the future created by our ability and imperative to reproduce our species. This responsibility extends beyond our children to encompass the totality of life on Earth, most if not all of which is being threatened by human activity.


They have a reputation for being environmentally minded do-gooders. But an academic analysis of surveys spanning more than 40 years has found that today's young Americans are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources — and often less civic-minded overall — than their elders were when they were young.

The findings go against the widespread belief that environmental issues have hit home with today's young adults, known as Millennials, who have grown up amid climate change discussion and the mantra "reduce, reuse, recycle." The environment is often listed among top concerns of young voters.

"I was shocked," said Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University who is one of the study's authors. "We have the perception that we're getting through to people. But at least compared to previous eras, we're not."

Twenge, author of the book "Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — and More Miserable Than Ever Before," has spent much of her career publishing work that challenges or attempts to explain commonly held beliefs about young people.

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" So too every being has rights to be recognized and revered. Trees have tree rights, insects have insect rights, rivers have river rights, mountains have mountain rights. So too with the entire range of beings throughout the universe. All rights are limited and relative. So too with humans. We have rights to the nourishment and shelter we need. We have rights to habitat. But we have no rights to deprive other species of their proper habitat." — Thomas Berry - The Great Work 1999

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