June 10, 2019, Bellemont-
Those who faithfully watched Game of Thrones will know the title term, as being the spiritual retreat of the family Stark and their vassals. There are several places on this property that serve as such a place of solace.
I have spent six of the past eight nights here, three of them in the company of middle-school aged youth, who are, as their predecessors were, far more of a blessing than many realize.
Their spontaneity needs monitoring, and correction at times, but does not need the check that some in my generation see as imperative. We, the Baby Boomers, were after all the generation of free speech. I heard no more than three “f-bombs”, during the course of these three days. The kids’ focus was primarily on elevated speech; on matters of the mind and spirit. We, the Baby Boomers, had a thing about “free love”-though it was less widespread than the media often portrayed. I saw no unwanted attention directed towards anyone. The kids both see one another as people-first and foremost-and not as objects to help a person break from his/her shell.
There is, in any generation of youth, a cooperative spirit. This spirit has been ravaged, among many who have aged, by the way we have approached the issues of everyday life. Some will say that the rising generations will feature more of the same, as that’s how human beings just are.
By and large, I don’t concur. Humanity is moving, slowly but inexorably, towards a cooperative, united front. I find youth, basically, to be fairly more mature, at a younger age with each generation. Their methods of communication may differ, as may their methods of spending time. I do not, though, see a dark future ahead, on account of the “dissolute gamers”. Any darkness that comes forth will be solely the result of selfishness and a provincial, “me-centered” mindset. No generation has a corner on either, and no generation can point fingers at another.
These are things that came to me, during work, play and at meals, during these eight days in “Godswood”.