It’s absolutely fantastic that Generation X (which, according to the article I am referring to, are all those born after 1977) are such optimists. And with reason: the world does hold a lot of potential to become an amazing place for everyone to live in.
However, signs that this is also an overly self-centred generation abound, as this article from Maclean’s shows. While remaining positive about the economic situation is definitely a good idea, does stating that one is ‘funemployed’ help the situation at all?
Baha’u’llah tells us: “Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and centre your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements.” While I don’t think that Baha’u’llah meant for us to live a neurotic life spent biting all our nails to the quick, I do think that He meant for us to contemplate the larger picture rather than the limited one of our immediate surroundings.
Which makes me wonder… What if all these newly graduates who are having a hard time finding a job used their optimism to devote themselves to helping solve the cause of the economic downturn, i.e. greed and ensuing injustice?
Now that would be making the most of it.