I BEG your pardon- It's NOT the YOUNG People!
The young people are destroying your way of life. The young people have always done that. your job is to encourage it, not discourage it.
Its not your young people who are destroying the rain forests. They are asking you to stop it.
Its not your young people who are depleting the ozone layer. They are asking you to stop it.
Its not your young people who are exploiting the poor in sweat shop all over the world. They are asking you to stop it.
Its not your young people who are taxing you to death, then using the money for war and machines of war.
Its not your young people who are ignoring the problems of the weak and the downtrodden, letting hudreds of people die of starvation everyday on a planet with more than enough to feed everybody. They are asking you to stop it.
Its not your young people who are engaging in the politics of deception and manipulation. They are asking you to stop it.
Its not your young people whoa re sexually repressed, ashamed, and embarrassed about their own bodies and passing on this shame and embarrassment to their offspring. They are asking you to stop it.
Its not your young people who have set up a value system that says "might is right: and a world which solves problems with violence. They are asking you to stop it.
Nay, they are not asking you... they are begging you!!!!
Yet its the young people who are violent! Young people who join gangs and kill each other! Young people who thumb their nose at law and order.- at any kind of order. Young people who are driving us crazy!
When the cries and pleas of young people to change the world are not heard and never heeded; when they see that their cause is lost- that you will have it your way no matter what- young people, who are not stupid , will do the next big thing. If they can't beat you, they will join you.
Young young people have joined you in your behaviors. If they are violent, its because you are violent/. If they are materialistic, its because you are materialistic. If they are acting crazy, its because you are acting crazy. If they are using sex manipulatively, , irresponsibly and shamefully, its because they see you doing the same.
The only difference between young people and older people is they young people do what they do out in the open. Older people hide their behaviors. Older people think that young people cannot see. Yet young people see everything. Nothing is hidden from them. They see the hypocrisy of their elders, and they try desperately to change it. Yet having tried and failed, they see no choice but to imitate it.
In this they are wrong, yet they have never been taught differently. They have not been allowed to critically analyze what their elders have been doing. They have only been allowed to memorize it. What you memorize, you memorialize.
Adapted from: Conversations with God, Book 2 by: Neale Donald Walsch