The Practical Idealism of the Younger Generations Gives Us Hope for The World's Future
"In recent years, and especially since 9/11, following the news tends to make me feel unhappy and even slightly depressed, if not entirely despairing. What kind of world are we greysters leaving for the younger generations, I sometimes wonder? Yet whenever I meet and look into the eyes of young people, I feel an irrational surge of hope and gratification. They remind me of my own friends' earthshaking, idealistic Sixties energy and collective efforts, and I see how very capable they are of stepping outside the box for creative ideas and new solutions. The younger coming generations seem to have realized that it is necessary to be doing things TOGETHER in order to accomplish much of anything. Being a realistic optimist, I know that - no matter what the doomsdayers and naysayers may say - it's not over till the Fat Lama sings - and this fat lama ain't done yet!"
Lama Surya Das,
American Tibetan Buddhist teacher
From "Global Chorus: 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet "
Edited by Todd E. Maclean, 2015
Photo: Sunset, Vedauwoo Recreation Area, Medicine Bow National Forest, WY, January 13, 2016
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.