Tuesday, October 09, 2012

French youth's declaration of war . . . .

This is an interesting event.  I'm not sure what to make of it, but then, I'm not of the same culture nor the same age.  By a bunch.

Nevertheless, I understand the frustration with the "hippie" values which have infected the political landscape.  They got that rejection of responsibility thing right, I think. 

Everything was "groovy" for the youth of the late 60's while the grownups were still in charge, even as the youth of the 60's aged into their forties and even fifties.  But now, when the youth of the 60's have become the grownups in charge - not so much. 

You still see self-congratulatory bumper stickers announcing, "War is not the Answer." 

Well, maybe not.  But the answer sure as hell isn't the "flower power," "love is all around,"  "if it feels good, do it,"  cheery optimism which rejected the values and life strategies which saved western civilization in the first half of the 20th century.

The message is that things aren't free just because you don't have to pay for them.  Somebody else is getting stuck with the bill.

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