"I must study politics and war that my sons have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry and music."
- John Adams, second president of the United States
This statement of civil pursuits in America is not only an interesting look into the inner psyche of our founding fathers, but also a reflection of the affairs of our current society.
My grandparent's generation is the greatest generation. They are the ones who fought in Korea, and World War II before that. Their passions and ethics stemmed from a sense of duty; it is what they felt was owed to their families and their nation. They waged wars, set laws, and focused on politics for one reason only: to make this nation a better place for their kids.
My parents generation worked with the sciences, science of the mind and the world around us. The delivered the concept of civil discontent and disobedience. They gave us the internet, environmentalism, satellite television, and innumerable revolutions in technology and society. They brought us into the information age.
My generation's realm of comfort is in the arts. Raised by MTV, we are desperate for stimulation. Our music is loud and obnoxious. Our poems bare our souls. Our appetite for instant gratification seems to dictate the policies and habits of the generations that paved our way. We are creative, yet misguided.
It is funny. The first generation acted out of duty, the next generation acted out of freedom, while the last generation has mistaken a privilege as a right.
I think it is about time we restart this pattern. It is time we start training the new generation to care about our country, to take a stand and fight. If we don't take that step, future generations may not have freedom to pursue science or the right to create art.