Over the past year or so I have had the pleasure to get to know one of the shining stars in, what I believe, is the forefront of conscious collective alliances and conceptual development, Mr. John Robison IV. John is pragmatic intellectual and objectivist contemporary who identifies well with my own personal identification of evolving conscientious behavior in a terminally connected global community. John understands that sheer awareness of one’s self is only the first step to creating change and it will take a collective of this dubbed Millennial Generation to provide a stop-gap and refocusing of resources to continue to evolve the population of humanity on this planet. In making this statement I do not discount the overlapping quarrels of comparison and responsibilities which seem to bridge all age groups of classification. Further it would be irresponsible to say that anyone is pinning a cape or a badge on any particular self proclaimed generation identified namely by disenchanted youth in these United States. Notwithstanding, I make the assertion that we love to classify generations and the inherent generational struggles of this age and the identification, education and commitment to implement the changes of this particular generation, even more than any point in history has decidedly profound consequences. Further the consequences of irresponsible decision making of this generation have the capability to effect the population of the world at large.
In one of our more involved conversations John and I reached agreement on one point which has stuck with me, which is this; When you peel away the fabric of aesthetics of our daily lives we, the common man in this country and around the world, require a basic foundation for survival. The capacity for the existing framework and the established practice of global politics, conflict resolution thru conflict, mass media, food production, water resource and energy consumption to name a few; can and will have dire consequences for the world population.
We are no longer in a place to displace the responsibilities of those on another continent and identify these as “their problem”. We can no longer dismiss the checked and balance and thorough reporting of programs previously thought to be radical. We can no longer afford to turn a blind eye to the blatant disregard for human rights violations against any group as this is an attack on ourselves as citizens of humanity. We can no longer afford these practices because, to be frank, we quite literally and physically cannot afford it. Down to the dollar. The credit systems and inflationary economic structures was and always has been a house of cards build on ponzi systems to which the established trust of leaders never foresaw being made known and publicized. They figured on the people of the world to become overburdened with daily crumb collecting to take notice. The establishment never anticipated the common man to find resource to connect the dots through web based forums and a return to community collective based action. We are at an impasse for effective power sharing. This will include migration of populations and shifts in contemporary corporate structures from top to bottom and physically around the world. These are not pie in the sky concepts targeted by radical community groups, but real people all around the world recognizing that change starts at home and with properly shared information and resource allocation we can all, across the global community as a whole, begin to repair and restructure the process by which humans continue to survive and evolve.
Thank you for lending your ear to this otherwise cerebral discourse. As a follow up I have included a call from our friends at The Entitled Generation..
- John Mc -
Founder at Final Friday
Twenty-nine months ago I left the tech startup I co-founded in Boston with aspirations to spend a few years on the road, in search of my self. Along the way I’ve slept in hundreds of beds, visited dozens of countries, met thousands of people, and developed a keen interest in art and culture, as well as a deep personal philosophy that informs my decisions. I have also started talking about an idea many of you have heard a bit about: The Entitled Generation.
The young adults of today – the Millennials – are inheriting the world from our parents and grandparents. If we do not do so consciously and collaboratively I fear we are doomed to make the same mistakes they did, mistakes that we can no longer afford to make if there is any hope of a prosperous future for humanity.
In my travels I have come across a subsect of the Millennial generation that I see as having the right stuff to take the world’s tiller and steer humanity to the much more unified future that is possible – that is to say, you. We are The Entitled Generation: the people entitled to save the world, to lead it in a way that it has never been led before.
We know that our task is immense, that it will require time, persistence, social capital, luck, money, intelligence, and patience. Our goal is enormous and far-flung, and we are not so naïve as to think we can achieve it without hard work or collaboration. We also know that every journey starts with a step. In many ways, this message is that first step.
I am asking you to be involved, in whatever way you can, with the group. Share your work with us – we will thoughtfully critique it. Ask for help – amongst us we have a trove of talent to take advantage of. And in turn, offer to help – share your skills, help other members, act selflessly. Our main forum at the moment is our Facebook page – if you haven’t yet, please Like it. But more than that one click, weigh in. Comment. Post. Share. Our network effect can be immense, but only if we care enough to use it.
If we want to make culture, we must become culture makers. Through the arc of human development from premodern to modern to postmodern, the ideas that have driven human culture forward have been popularized by artists: musicians, writers, actors, painters, filmmakers, dancers, designers, and photographers who have seduced the masses and captured their attention. The Entitled Generation is a collective of those artists, talented young individuals creating work reflective of 21st Century life, both what it is and what it could be. We are intelligent, we live intentionally, we are well-traveled. And we can be so much more working together than we could ever be in isolation.
We have many ideas on how to move forward, and are always open to more. If you have any thoughts, please share them with me. Right now our goal: to get a following, and to get money. Without those two, any efforts will be severely hobbled. If you know people that might be interested in being involved, please, send them my way. If you have any questions or reservations, voice them – I am trying very hard to refine the message and concepts, challenges are appreciated.
More to come.
John Robison IV