I am in a couple of reading groups. one of the book's we are taking up is Simon Critchley's Faith of the Faithless. Someone from the group forwarded a link to an essay by Critchley in Adbusters about the current state of politics and power. Much of it rang true to me. I was particularly struck by a short comment in response to an engagement with is son in which Critchley addressed his son's disillusionment with these words,
"...I had a conversation with my 19-year-old-son in a favorite London pub last Saturday – the Lamb on Lamb’s Conduit Street. He cares about the state we’re in and is really worried and really fears and to some extent hopes that something big might happen. He sees what is happening across the world and doesn’t know what to do. He is part of a huge culture of disillusionment and disappointment among youth. (And if there is one central issue that the last year of global uprisings has raised, then it is that of youth. The question of youth is the question of the future, and that future has disappeared. We who are no longer young have to try and understand this and not simply adopt a patronizing attitude toward youth). My son is disillusioned and doesn’t see what good it would serve if he got involved. He feels powerless. I think this is a general feeling of his generation."
Worth a read, and an opportunity to feature the vocal stylings of Peter Tosh, founding member of the The Wailers, "You can't blame the youth," but we do.
(ignore the bob marley and the wailers tag--they were the wailers until peter and bunny left)