“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”.
This is how John Fitzgerald Kennedy ended his inauguration speech, in 1960. At the time, the world was at the brink of war and the Soviet Union was seen as the utmost threat to what was considered to be the free world. Despite the ongoing threats of the Red Army, the President thought that the population had to play a role in the day-to-day activity of the nation and that the government was not supposed to be seen as the caring mother, holding the proverbial eraser behind each and every citizen in the country.
Yet, it seems sadly that this image of the eraser-holding government is deeply felt within the mentality of today’s generation, otherwise known as the millennial society. While the members of such a society posses massive technological developments and have all the tools to better themselves, they nonetheless have to feel the reassuring touch of the hand of the government, whom they might see as some sort of an atheist deity. It is odd to see the streets of a torn city being taken hostage by a group of idealists who prone brotherly love and peace on Earth, as if they took part in a beauty pageant of some sort, in which the facade beauty would dominate, of course, when it is far more expensive to live and work in the major city that lays in its vicinity.
It is ironic to see those who see themselves as the defenders of dear Mother Earth come in a congregation of highly-polluting buses to express their hatred at those who have fought against their own parents, and their own society, to get where they are. Bikes and urban transportation are also a solution, people. Oh, it’s true. The former is impracticable six months a year, while the latter is gangrened by the decaying layers of dying dreamers of yore.