"What Would You Tell the Next Generation?"
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Michael Chaffin; N.C., 2000
It's as simple (or complex) as that. Think for yourself and have the courage to stand by your own convictions. Don't abdicate your right to mold yourself (i.e.; your ideals, your morals, your faith) to the media or any other from of technology. Today's generation, even more so than mine, is constantly bombarded with information telling us how to think, feel and act..... what to believe, who to turn to. The truth is, you don't have to buy into this.
The television, the radio, the newspapers and the paid advertisements they bombard us with aren't necessarily the answer to being a better, happier person. The power elite; the politicians, the religious right (or left), the self help gurus all have their own agendas that they are trying to further and the ideas that they pass off as absolutes are indeed subject to change with the passage of time. Decades from now as you look back on your life you'll see how these things have tried to mold you to suit there objectives at any given point in time.
Think for yourself, question everything and make your own value judgments. You'll make mistakes but at least they'll be your own and the better chance you'll have to correct them. Have faith in your own ability to reason and above all... listen to what's in your heart. It will seldom lead you wrong. As that old saying goes, "Let your conscience be your guide." You stand a better chance of getting things right!
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