Occupiers praised; columnist critiqed

By From page A5 | November 05, 2012

EDITOR: I was sorry to read in Patrick Ibarra’s column Oct. 29 that you feel your generation is “consistently criticized instead of embraced.” You fear that even today you are being judged as you were in 2004. It may be so, because your piece showed a lack of the maturity and insight that is required if you are to gain respect as a writer.

You beg your “elders” to “hand you a towel.” Alas, experience and insight cannot be handed to the young. It is an individual struggle throughout life. Your elders have earned their knowledge, as you must.

You cry that through “no fault of my own,” you have been unemployed twice in your “professional career,” despite suffering your “share of adversity.” Tell me, how are individual “shares” of adversity apportioned? Many of our uneducated, poor, and homeless have worked just as hard as you have, with meager reward. You are not proud of the courageous Occupiers who stood against the greed and dishonesty of financial systems and large corporations that have undermined social and economic equality?

Your generation is more diverse than you may be aware. In fact, within a few decades the white majority of this country will have expired. America is quickly becoming a nation of ethnic minorities. Your world consists of vastly more than just Republicans, Democrats, Christians, and atheists. Look and learn about your fellow Americans: Independent, Green Party, Libertarian, Communist political parties, and religions including Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Hinduism, Unitarian, Native American, Humanism, agnosticism.

As you say, you have a lot to learn. Dwelling on criticisms received years ago, and begging to be handed what only your own curiosity and interest can provide is a lazy path to follow. Grow beyond the easy answers that satisfy a superficial mind.



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