Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Lost Generation

Saw this video today and was very moved by it. It won 2nd place honors in the AARP U@50 contest on YouTube. It is based on the Argentinian Political Advertisement "The Truth" by RECREAR. It is amazing how powerful words can be when assembled together.

Lost Generation by Jonathan Reed

I am part of a lost generation
and I refuse to believe that
I can change the world
I realize this may be a shock but
“Happiness comes from within.”
is a lie, and
“Money will make me happy.”
So in 30 years I will tell my children
they are not the most important thing in my life
My employer will know that
I have my priorities straight because
is more important than
I tell you this
Once upon a time
Families stayed together
but this will not be true in my era
This is a quick fix society
Experts tell me
30 years from now, I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce
I do not concede that
I will live in a country of my own making
In the future
Environmental destruction will be the norm
No longer can it be said that
My peers and I care about this earth
It will be evident that
My generation is apathetic and lethargic
It is foolish to presume that
There is hope.

And all of this will come true unless we choose to reverse it .

Read the message, then read it again in reverse.

Which generation do you belong in?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What an interesting poem. It is difficult to remain positive in our society, I think, but I didn't realize that we were becoming more negative with each generation. It's definitely a thought-provoking piece of work.