We cannot move on without young people

The phrase “think globally, act locally” has been used by different groups such as environmentalist and business executives to care or build something locally and move later to global growth.  But now the Millennials, the generation  born between  1982 and 2003 , around the world are giving the phrase an entirely new meaning as they pursue their efforts to change the world and most of the times putting their own life at risk. The latter is the proof of the sincerity of their actions. They are risking even their own life in order to achieve what they believe is good not only for themselves but also for the society where they belong. The examples are bold and global :

images-1Malala in Pakistan :  The  Pakistani schoolgirl who stood up to the Taliban and defended her right to an education. Malala was brave and her fight was more straightforward. She was a female in underdeveloped country and she was fighting for education against Taliban. People in the West were eager to support her and to encourage the rest by giving her the Nobel prize of peace.

cd6a04e2-7cb0-11e4-9a86-00144feabdc0Joshua Wong in Hong Kong : The most radical of Hong Kong protesters to secure democracy. He went on hunger strike to urge the government to hold talks on Beijing political reforms. He wrote.”The people of my generation want what everybody else in an advanced society seems to have : a say in our future. And on twitter : “Fanny Law : Please tell your friend, he can move to a place without the Communist party, but he cannot move to a place without young people”. His supporters say “his movement succeeded because the students now have the fire of democracy burning in their  heart which will not be quenched by the iron fist of Beijing”.

assets_LARGE_t_420_54161256Nikos Romanos  in Greece : the young boy who was only 15 years old  when his friend was murdered in cold blood by a policeman  and died in his arms  in the centre of Athens. He is labeled as an  anarchist and according to his own view and letters to the public he accepts this role.  At the moment, he is in the prison and on hunger strike demanding educational leave in order to continue his studies. Nikos Romanos has more difficult role and status. He is struggling with an unknown combatant. He cannot articulate enough his struggle  because of his youth and the tricky environment he is in. He lives in a democratic country in the West where the bankocracy,  which goes hand in hand with  kleptocracy and  corruption, is the real master. Nonetheless, he managed to move more than 10.000 people , who marched in the centre of Athens, two days ago, in order to support him and his demands.

Despite the sadness and anxiety I had and have for the life of the above kids, I cannot hide my admiration for their Courage. And I can say  for sure that our future will be much brighter than we think.

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The Millennials

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Recently an article in Time magazine caught my eye about generations. By reading it gave me the feeling of some perspective on the present times! Every generation has its own characteristics and as we are in the process of the ultimate globalisation, these characteristics increasingly fit in every country’s generation and not only America’s. So let’s see how the Time magazine named and classified each generation: 

The Millennials* : Born 1980-2000 : *Credited to Strauss & Howe

God didn’t give these talents to just sit around being a model or being famous. I want to lead a huge charity organization. I want to lead a country for all I know” Alexi Neiers member of “the Bling Ring

The Millennials also know as Generation Y, they came of age in the shadow of 9/11 and amid the rise of new media. First-wave millennials are now in their early careers amid a slow global economic recovery, with high unemployment and concerns about future national debt.

Generation X* :  Born 1961-80 *Credited D.Coupland’s novel Generation X, 1991

imgres“Our generation has had no great war, no great depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives” From Fight Club by Chuck Palahnuick, 1996.

Many were latchkey kids of working moms and divorced parents: they grew into young adults marked by a sense of ennui. Studies have shown that members of this generation may have reversed the historical trend to earning more in real dollars than their parents.

Baby Boomers *: Born 1943-60 *Credited to Washington Post, 23/1/70

imgres-1They want to be recognized as individuals. But individuals play a smaller and smaller role in society” Senator Robert Kennedy, on hippies in Time July 7, 1967.

They were suburban children who came of age in the Summer of Love. In midlife, they became yuppies who lost fortunes in the stock-market crash of 1987. Many have had their savings dented by the Great Recession and will postpone retirement.

The Silent Generation* : Born 1925-42 *Credited to Time 5/11/51

imgres-2Youth today has little cynicism, because it never hoped for much” Time Nov. 5, 1951.

Children of the Depression, they have been referred to as the “lucky few”, a generation smaller than the one before it and which suffered fewer casualties of war. Later, many of them moved into white collar jobs and led society toward the idea of early retirement.

The Greatest Generation* : Born 1901-24 *Tom Brokaw in The Greatest Generation, published  1998.

This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny” Franklin Roosevelt, in a speech at 1936 Democratic convention.

The Lost Generation* : Born 1883-1900 * Credited to Ernest Hemingway’s epigraph to The Sun Also Rises in 1926

I have no patience with the modern neurotic girl who jazzes from morning to night” From the murder on the Links by Agatha Christie, published 1923.

P.S : I think it is time for summer holidays and it is almost certain that I will follow the same route as in this following short video 😉