Saving the World

Michelle Pletcher
Mar 23, 2010

What concerns does the current generation in high school have about the future?

What scares your generation the most?

Is the next generation ready to defend the freedoms we share, and to take on a judicial system that seeks to overstep their authority by legislating from the bench?

Are you guys ready to wallow into the fight and shine light on the truth?

Do you guys even want our help?

Although most people my age have yet to understand what a powerful thing your voice can be, I firmly believe that my generation fears what every generation has feared: Self destruction by way of destroying our world. They say your future is as bright as you want it to be. But not always. There are some things in this life you can't completely control. What past generations have done to destroy our country is one of those things.

We have a chance, however, to fix and reverse some of the damage already done. Our economy is failing. There's pollution here, wars there and people dying everywhere of diseases for which we have yet to find the cure. What it all boils down to is money. Sadly, most of the current crisis facing this country could be easily solved it people weren't so monetarily driven. If recycling was as cheap and convenient as just throwing that bottle in the trash, would we have to think twice? If oil wasn't as expensive as it is, would we still be fighting the war in the Middle East? If the FDA wasn't so concerned about their pretty penny, would healthier, more wholesome foods be as easily accesible as McDonalds or Burger King? Would we be a less obese nation? If they released the cures to deadly diseases such as cancer or AIDs (that we all know the government is withholding based on the loss of money), would people still suffer? It all comes back to money. Money and greed. Maybe if we didn't spend so much money on say sports, video games, television and movies... So much money is wasted on virtually nothing. Yes, these forms of entertainment may bring us momentary happiness. But in the end, does it really matter if there's no world left to enjoy these things?

I can't speak for everyone my age, but as I stated before, most teenagers have yet to realize what power speaking up can have. It is we who will be responsible for fixing this disaster. So we better start now. Do we want help? Of course not. We're teenagers. We never want help, duh. But I'm willing to bet my life that we'll swallow our pride, and accept the fact that we can't do it alone. No one can. If we want to be able to improve this world for not only ourselves but our children, as well as our grandchildren, and their children's children, then we're all going to have to start working together. No one can do it alone. Past generations have tried, and been unsuccessful. Our generation could go forth, and battle until there's nothing left in us. But at the end of the day, we all have to work together to repair the damage, thus preventing, quite honestly, the self-destrucion of life as we know it. Maybe that's the missing link I've been searching for in the generation gap. We could do it, you know. But yes, we do need help.

You may ask, as others have: Why do you write this blog?

Most of my life, I've felt separated from people my age. I think differently. But quite honestly, it's not so much my diverse way of thinking that sets me apart. I've gained the knowledge, and accepted ceratain things earlier in my life then most people do. Sometimes, I feel it's a curse. I feel cheated out of that ignorant stage in my life when I don't have to worry. But I've grown to accept that this way of veiwing the world is not so much a curse, as it is a blessing. A gift I've been given. For what reason? To maybe save the world. You don't have to have an "S" on your chest to be a hero. My only weakness is that I care too much. I can't save every one. But I'm willing to try.

Comments

lost in space

Please use "wasn't" and "weren't" properly. 

If you don't know, then please ask your English grammar teacher.

 

Bryan Dubois

So then your writing this blog to have a positive impact on the community?

Karl Hungus-Mr....

You remind me of someone I knew back in high school.  Remember this, do not take life to seriously or you will never make it out alive.

Bryan Dubois

Is it possible to not take life seriously enough?

Karl Hungus-Mr....

I think there is a line in the middle you have to toe.

hilltop

Thank you Michelle for your insights. They are truly valuable to me, because I care about the direction of our great nation and want to assure that there are those in the new generation that are ready and willing to confront "old" problems in a "new" way.

Each generation seeks to find those who will carry the baton when it comes to civic and environmental justice. My generation has been able to make significant progress towards reclaiming your God-given rights.

One obstacle for your generation will be to shed gullibility. There are those who will present "facts" to you about the environment that are clearly wrong. They will tell you that our environment is clean and we continue to make progress towards removing environmental hazards. The chemical industry has a lot of money to present skewed results from biased studies. My generation can help you see through the smoke and mirrors of an industry that continues to pump chemicals into our environment and bodies for the sake of corporate profits.

Another growth opportunity for the next generation to tackle will to be forever watchful of how government will make many minor changes to your freedoms. Things like free speech and expression, religious freedom, the right to bear arms, and freedom from illegal searches and seizures are all under attack. The government will use flimsy arguments to legislate your freedoms away. Guard against minor changes that will eventually rob you of foundational freedoms.

The first step in the process is to vote in every election. You must understand that the best friend of a bad bureaucrat is the poor memory of the constituent. At election time all politicians are "great" public servants. Keep track of their voting records because only then, can you make responsible decisions at the polls.

The next step is to make sure that those who make decisions about your health, safety and well being understand that they are "under your microscope." Their actions are consistently scrutinized by sharp minds that aren’t afraid to stand up and shout when something doesn’t make sense. Ask questions until you are satisfied with the answers. One person asking the right question can make all the difference.

Finally, understand the difference between knowledge and wisdom. For me knowledge comes from absorbing facts. Wisdom is free, and comes from God. No education can give you true wisdom. Proverbs 4:7 states, "Wisdom is the principle thing: therefore get wisdom: and with all [your] getting, get understanding." True leadership is born from wisdom. There are many "smart" people out there that lack wisdom.

Wisdom alone will guide you through life like a bright light shining through a dark and scary place.

 

Oliver Hardy

 

 Michelle,

Hilltop gave you some great advice. Your generation will be the future leaders of our world.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Become more proactive in your Blog and post a comment from time to time.  There is a difference to WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE. In my opinion, I knew people who were very smart, very knowledgeable, had high IQs but they messed up their lives by making poor choices in life. You can't learn WISDOM from a book. In a way, WISDOM is like common sense. Here is a good web site that helps to explain wisdom and knowledge and how they differ.   http://www.foundationsmag.com/wisdom.html

Some of us as we get older gain wisdom through our experiences or through the experiences of others. Not only should you learn from your own mistakes and experiences, but learn from the mistakes and experiences of others.

Don't get caught up in too much television such as those sitcoms or American Idol. Always question the news that you read and hear. Most "news" is not totally truthful. Some news is packed with lies.
In short, don't believe everything that you read or hear. You have the internet now at your finger tips and you can access all kinds of information anytime that you want. I wish that the internet was invented 50 years ago. I sure could have gained a lot of wisdom and also knowledge. Here is a good source for "news" and you should read the news from several sources before you form an opinion. http://crayon.net/using/links.html

Here is the web site for the Congressional Record to see what our leaders in Washington are doing. You should always go here to check the facts after you read or hear the news about Washington. http://www.gpoaccess.gov/crecord/

See Michelle, look at the wisdom and knowledge that you gained from the comments written here.

hancrack me up
How about showing a little remorse for leaving that baby animal out in the rain to starve & die on your way to the store, then hypocritically going on a Humane Socity walk months later? Who cares if your mom has allergies?  She's at Vicki's or the Sail Inn 90% of the time anyway! 
Karl Hungus-Mr....

Wow, that Hancrack is a classy guy.

Anyway, back on topic.  How does it make you feel when people talk about Sandusky High School like it is a second class institution?  It seems to be rather common in the forums and elsewhere on this site.

Oliver Hardy

 

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Anthonee Jones

I definitely understand what you mean by thinking differently than others. I usually do although I just don’t share my thoughts because with difference, there may be isolation. I think you make excellent points and I am waiting for your next post.