The Youth Rise Up

We are living longer. We are also seeing people, way past the “supposed” retirement age, stay in power longer. It is happening in Government and business. Instead of spending the last years of life, and if you dipped at 70, that could be 30 more years; taking it easy, people continue to work. I get it. It feels good to work, use your brain, have a purpose, and make an impact.

How many people making decisions for many at the young age of 70 can actually wrap their arms around how we will live in the future? What I wonder is, “can you teach an old dog new tricks”?

Arora Akanksha is running for Secretary-General of the UN at the ripe old age of 34.  Japan’s youth rose up against Yoshiro Miro, the Olympic head, and he was pushed out. The men’s patriarchal society would have just accepted his apology.  Alicia Garza and Patrica Cullors who co-founded the Black Lives Matter movement. Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, both anti-gun activists. Linda Sarsour, Bob Bland, and Tamika Mallory who founded the Women’s March.  These are just a few examples of the youth, people who understand where our future needs to go.

The youth (and granted youth here are people under 40) understand more than anyone where we are going and need to go as a nation and as a world when it comes to climate change, the digital divide, cryptocurrencies, accepting each other for whoever we are and embracing these changes.

Many of the older crowd, not so much. Even how they play politics. Unclear how we start passing off more visionary thinking to the youth but supporting their voices is a start.