Skip to comments.Youth-Driven Culture
Posted on 04/24/2014 2:24:56 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
Maybe it began earlier than the 1950s and 60s, but those decades seem to mark the rise of the fascination with youth in American culture. The famous line that celebrates all things young, often wrongly attributed to James Dean, declares, Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse behind.
Popular music, that telling barometer of popular culture, has kept pace with this trend. Nearly every heavy-metal band of the 1980s and 90s had a stock ballad about young heroes going down in a blaze of glory. Other popmusic references stress the invincible power of youth. Rod Stewart sings of being Forever Young. In their hit single We Are Young, the contemporary super group Fun declares that these same youth will set the world on fire. Bruce Springsteens barstool-seated narrator in Glory Days drowns the disappointments of his middle-aged life by retelling stories of high school exploits and triumphs. None of us may want to relive our awkward junior high moments, but who among us doesnt harbor secret desires to be young again and seemingly able to conquer the world?
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...The way out of enslavement to this undue celebration of youth is to foster a genuinely diverse community in our homes and in our churches. Generation gaps can be awkward and barriers to both sides having genuine and authentic fellowship. But God has designed His church in such a way that we need each other. Paul specifically commands Timothy to have the older teach the younger (Titus 2:14). We miss out when we think we have nothing to learn from others at different stages of life. The church of today also misses out when it thinks it has nothing to learn from the church of yesterday.
...Southern writer Flannery OConnor once weighed in on a debate over the use of a controversial novel in a public school classroom. Rather than debate the particular merits or demerits of the book, OConnor raised a deeper question. She observed that advocates for the book made their case by claiming it was trendy and hip, for which reason the young people of the day were into it. Why not meet them where they were?, went the argument. OConnor instead made a case for reliance on the literary canon, not popular fiction. Then she went on the attack in her closing lines: And if the student finds that this is not to his taste? Well, that is regrettable. Most regrettable. His taste should not be consulted; it is being formed (Fiction Is a Subject with a HistoryIt Should Be Taught that Way).