reb•e•lu•tion (reb’el lu shen) n. a teenage rebellion against the low expectations of an ungodly culture.

9/15/2005

Doug Casey Defines Our Generation: Power Rangers

In response to my post “Ruining Our Lives With Fun,” Stephen, one of our readers, posted a Doug Casey quotation for our consideration:

The kids born between 1982 and perhaps 2002 should be another Hero archetype. My own experience with them is that they're shaping up that way. Represented by clean-cut, straight arrow Power Rangers. Quite a reaction to the sewer-dwelling Mutant Ninja Turtles that were analogs for the previous generation. They're "'can do" kids, programmed to do the right thing in a smoke-free, drug-free, eco-sensitive, politically correct world. Like all Hero types, they respect their elders, do what they're told without much questioning authority.

~ ”Foundations of Crisis” by Doug Casey ~
Stephen followed up this quotation (which is much longer than what I've included here) by asking if any of this resonated with us. Our response would be that though Mr. Casey has evidently put much thought into his writings we find it both difficult to identify and hard to covet the generation he is referencing in the above quotation.

For those who are unaware, an "archetype" is a typical, ideal, or classic example of something. Though the characteristics of "smoke-free: and "drug-free" is arguably typical of my generation (depending on who you ask) it is also arguably atypical. Likewise, the respectfulness and prompt, unquestioning obedience Mr. Casey references is hardly typical of American youth.

To the question of whether or not Mr. Casey's description is "ideal," we would have to say, no. While we encourage a "can-do" attitude among our peers there remains the big question of what they "can-do" and more importantly, what they want to do.

We find it hardly ideal that we ourselves or our peers be “programmed” to do what is “right” within the confines of our “politically correct world.” Ideally, doing right will spring from a changed heart and life, will be defined by God rather than culture and will therefore be voluntary rather than compulsory.

Furthermore, we are of the opinion that rebelution cannot occur within the confines of political-correctness. No one ever initiated widespread reform by agreeing with everybody.

Thank you, Stephen, for your question and for bringing Mr. Casey’s writings to our attention. If we misinterpreted his meaning please correct us. We are eager to learn from his knowledge and experience.
The comment section is open for present and past generations to discuss Mr. Casey's description and/or anything else related. Feel free to answer one or both of the following questions:

1) Which parts of Mr. Casey's description appeal to you? Which parts do not?

2) To what extent should we attempt to be politically-correct? Are there any policically-correct views that you feel especially comfortable or uncomfortable embracing?