As I’ve written before, I’m encouraged to see a generation emerging that is rejecting the consumerism and debt that ours embraced, a generation that is actively looking for ways to make the world a better place rather than just ways to make lots of money, a generation that is exploring spirituality in exciting ways, seeking opportunities for service and celebrating the things we have in common rather than emphasizing our differences. Of course it’s not true that those traits are shared by everyone in the younger generation, but my sense is that they are generally characteristic of at least a significant segment of it–a segment large enough to make a big difference in the world.
I’m thinking this morning of a group of young friends of ours who have chosen to live in the inner city of our nearby town so they can share life and community with people who are desperately poor and often homeless. Our friends live in intentional community with one another, sharing homes, which they open to those in need. They’re an inspirational and awesome group.
We’re especially excited about a new project they’ve launched this year–an urban community garden on a large lot that was donated to them. They’ve been clearing and preparing the land and it will be producing food and meaningful work for their neighborhood this year and for many years to come. They’re using and incorporating permaculture techniques that were unfamiliar to me. They’re able to innovate because they’re not confined to any paradigm being dictated by some agricultural authority.
This kind of thing is happening all over the country right now, and probably all over the world. It’s just one example of many that causes me to have a lot of hope for the future.