“The Strange Persistence of Guilt”

NEW YORK TIMES: THE STRANGE PERSISTENCE OF GUILT

Author David Brooks of The New York Times expressed in late March of this year, his concern for a dying sense of salvation as our beloved country continues its path down a historical time period of secularization and political advancement. He emotionally tells of an “easy-going” generation, light-heartedly resembling the personality of world renowned rapper, Snoop Dogg – but not as a characteristic that would benefit our nation in the long run. Brooks reflects on the natural perseverance of our emotions which do help us behave morally and consistently exercise our conscious mind, but lack of action has gotten us to the point of unspoken solitude and a dangerously excessive amount of supported individualism. It seems to be that our generation has faced an endless tsunami of political, moral, social, and religious conflict as reality kicks in with every war, every shooting, every robbery, and every heart-breaking news headline or positive movement that no one can automatically come to agreement with.

In an eye-opening and empathetic manner, Brooks does not fail to remind us that regardless of religious or political stance or conflict, we listen to our moral compasses and through this realize the heavy events happening in today’s day – and we can all do something about it. Donate to charity – your money, clothes, assistance, time, and love -, let us support our neighbors and make positive changes in unison. It may be sadly true that our once prevalent faith as a nation may be declining, but we still have the heart to analyze, plan, and make changes necessary for a recharge of love for our generation and world, that needs it.

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