Talkin’ Bout My Generation

I know it’s totally random to come in with a song by the Who right around Christmas time and especially after being absent the last 3 weeks. But read my tagline. I promise randomness whenever possible.

Anyone ever actually read the lyrics to that song by The Who? Fascinating… in all honesty. Had the generation before heard it – albeit to more of a mellow, less rockish tune – I’m sure they would have adopted it. And to my generation – if this were a song written by T-Pain or Timbaland – it could accurately describe the overall feelings Gen-Y has with the world today:

Anyone wanna smash their guitars?

People try to put us d-down (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Just because we get around (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I hope I die before I get old (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)

This is my generation
This is my generation, baby

Why don’t you all f-fade away (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
And don’t try to dig what we all s-s-say (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I’m not trying to cause a big s-s-sensation (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I’m just talkin’ ’bout my g-g-g-generation (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)

I will refrain from deeply psychoanalyzing the lyrics. I don’t even have the brain capacity for that right now. However, I will say that at first glance… and several more for that matter – they describe Gen-Y quite well.

But that song is just the surface of it all. While there is nothing new under the sun as The Preacher from Ecclesiastes tells us, we are in an age and time where the evil around us seems to be – more evil. People are devising ways of torture that are seemingly unimaginable. Fidelity is something that wasn’t modeled really well so we as a society have taken to promiscuity and numbing ourselves to a certain degree to commitment. We have narcissism in spades.

Yet Gen-Y is a group that is also passionate about the plight of others. That has brought awareness to great need across the globe. That, for better or worse, saw ‘hope’ offered by our current President and turned out to vote for him because of the message of change spoken.

We are a dichotomy.

So I am going to write about it. To be sure there will be an exposure of my self in the midst of all this. In examining the patterns, behaviors and beliefs of a large people group, one’s own prejudices, short-comings and faults usually become glaringly obvious.

However I’m up to the task. Be forewarned – the next few entries will contain the following: universal statements, sweeping generalizations, and a high percentage of my own opinion. After all it is my blog. But when I use an article or research, I will cite it and provide the link.

I qualify my posts with that because the subjects I wish to examine my own generation and even my own behavior can be volatile. Relationships. Politics. Religion. Family. Work – all have the potential to be a stockpile of ACME TNT just waiting for someone to blow it up.

That’s not my intention. My intention is to research, learn and then study through the lens of the Lord to the best of my ability where He is and to the tiniest portion possible – grasp the work He is doing among us.

To paraphrase what CS Lewis wrote about Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia… Our Lord is on the move and it is up to us – as individuals in this generation –  to decide whether or not we’re going to follow.

2 thoughts on “Talkin’ Bout My Generation

  1. “all have the potential to be a stockpile of ACME TNT”
    Fortunately ACME TNT never kills anyone when it blows up; it just leaves Wile E. Coyote’s fur tattered and blackened at worst. See..hope! 🙂

    It is gratifying that you don’t see genertion Y’s ecentricities as something to be fought against..just something to be studied and understood. My experience with the church has tended to be that any school of thought or (can I say zeitgeist?) spirit of a generation that wasn’t Western or from the past is surely evil and wrong. Isn’t that a bit like a whale being pissed at and afraid of the water it must swim in?

    Anyway, I am definitely looking forward to the promised future posts! 🙂


    1. Well I’m pretty sure that the Wile E. Coyote in this case would be me. Fully expecting to have some ‘fur’ singed and tattered… and at my own hand. 🙂

      Also I think to pigeonhole specific generations is, in general, a pretty dumb thing to do. We’ve all got our quirks, weird things that we pushed in our time, but there were good things contributed to society as well. As far as the church and this idea of the Western church – well don’t get me started. That could result in pages upon pages of complaints and I don’t want to do that. At least not yet anyway. But I see the church the same way I see my generation. Flawed, inconsistent, eccentric, but it’s got some good things too.

      And your analogy of the whale made me laugh. Its a good one.


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