It has taken me a long time, but I have finally realized what life is. Life is an accumulation of small moments: short conversations between friends, a glance that lasts just a second, and a billion minute pieces that, together, make up our decades long experience on this earth. The grand sum of all the parts is one memory that seems longer than it actually is. I graduate from college today, and I am both excited and scared. The “real world” has been knocking at my door, and I finally have to answer. What does that mean? Well, it means that I will now be part of the post-collegiate work force. With Obama and the Democrats actively laying waste to our economy, I don’t feel great about it.
What scares me the most is not the task of job searching, but the opinions of my own generation, and how those opinions translate into votes. During my years in college, I have met more people than I can count; a large and diverse cross-section of our country’s youth. What is really peculiar about people my age is that they are not stupid, they are often just ignorant. It took me a long time to understand that stupidity and ignorance are entirely separate beasts.
Many folks of my generation share the traits of 60’s era youth. They possess a feeling of entitlement, and a sense that they are more mature than everyone else around them. The danger in this belief is that it leads to a relaxed state of critical thinking; making them easy prey for the Leftist media spin. They are not stupid, they are ignorant.
So, as you might imagine, I am somewhat leery about my post-grad prospects. That’s why I was so surprised to hear of a new survey that indicates a turn-around in the thinking of my generation.
According to CNS News:
“In a survey launched by Young America’s Foundation and conducted by the polling company, Kellyanne Conway, Inc., more than 60 percent of college-age students feel that government should not take an active role in their day-to-day-lives, and half of respondents believe that the federal government is mostly hurting economic recovery…66 percent of the students polled had a positive opinion of “entrepreneurship,” 44 percent found “free markets” positive, and 42 percent believe the federal government is an opponent rather than a partner in the pursuit of the American Dream.”
That last bit is what really intrigued me. It appears as though once college graduates enter the real world job market, their opinions change. I’m sure this is the case for pretty much every generation, but seeing it in black and white gives me a little ledge of hope onto which I can hold. Maybe ignorance can be cured. Maybe my generation is finally waking up to the realities of this world.
That being said, a poll is just a cross-section of a present opinion. A poll could be conducted tomorrow with completely contradictory results. Ignorance is a tough creature, and it won’t go down without a fight. The Obama’s and Hillary’s of the world will do their level best to keep us all dumbed down so that they can continue to keep control. It is up to us to fight back.
Today, I graduate; tomorrow, I will be an unemployed 18-34 year old. My opinions won’t change, but I can only hope that the jarring reality of life after college will shake some sense into those graduating with me in 2013. Perhaps the re-election of Obama set into motion a necessary wake-up call for my generation that will help to transform the nation; leading us back to Conservatism and common sense.
Life is made up of tiny moments. It may only take a slight shift to change everything. I can only hope.