April 16, 2019-
Yesterday was a bear, for many. The damage to Notre Dame Cathedral (which I have only seen from outside) and to Al Aqsa Mosque (in which I had the honour of praying with the Imam, in 1982) was serious, but in both cases, not irreparable.
For me, it was a productive day- visiting the new Cuppers Coffee House location, attending a Baha’i study circle and getting in another exercise session were pluses. A new online acquaintance asked me what I was doing for the day, and my response was “Tending to my personal affairs”, which at the time was weighing on me and not what I wanted to detail, to a relative stranger. Turns out, the whole process took less than ten minutes, and all’s as well as it can be, for the time being.
I was brought further out of my shyness and awkwardness, at Cuppers, when several young people chose to sit down on either side of me. Something refreshing about Millennials, and more so about Gen Z people, is their overall forthrightness. Growing up always questioning my worth as a human being was a real pain. The younger generations see no reason why anyone should do that, though I’m sure they have their moments of insecurity. Nonetheless, Gen Z’s mantra, “I got you”, obviating any lengthy explanation of one’s feelings or opinions, is actually a treasure.
I see intuition becoming a hard-wired thing. Yesterday, there was a post about five teenagers who helped an elderly man get up from the sidewalk, where he’d fallen, walking home with him and cleaning his wounds. Goodness prevails here, and is more common than its opposite. The media has a label ready for those born since 2010: Generation Alpha. I haven’t had much contact with younger kids lately, but judging from the intuition levels and cooperative spirit of my grandnieces and nephews, and online friends’ children, I would say the label, as contrived as it sounds, is actually spot on. They, with their immediate elders, will be the ones working to reverse a host of problems that foolishness and greed have bestowed on the human race. All this makes New York’s recently enacted “nonmedical abortionist” law that much more ludicrous, besides being downright menacing. The world needs its rising generations, even those who have some physical or mental flaws.
So, on we go, and I feel more confidence than at this time last week.