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The Main Topic of the Article is dedicated today to W-D's biggest fan, Stan. Thanks for all of the support man.. and here's an autograph for your brother, I wrote it on the Starter cap.
Do you ever just look around and think to yourself, "What is wrong with this country?". Now, I'm not talking about when you see a special 20/20 or Dateline NBC focusing on what's wrong with America... I'm talking about your own personal feelings and emotions. Sometimes, I just sit around thinking about my childhood and thinking about things like my 5th grade school play, which was written by our class...
Wanna know the plot to this play? It was simple.. School's out and everybody goes to summer camp. The camp is broken up into two teams for a scavenger hunt... and eventually one of the teams gets lost and the other one goes searching for them. It all ends with the grand finale of the lost team being found and everybody singing "We are the World" at the end.
Where has that world gone? Where are the days of people at least putting on the facade of trying to help one another? Where are the "Hands Across America"; "Farm Aid"; "Live Aid"; "Band Aid"; "Kool Aid"; "Gator Aid"; and "Lady Marmal Aid"?
Actually Dave... "Lady Marmalade" is alive and kickin... and Lil Kim does a great service to all of the African American women of this country with her wonderful solo of "Hey.. Hey!! Ugh.. ugh.ugh..ugh..ugh.!!!"
I mean, sure growing up in the 80's, our parents were on the surface sell-outs, for taking on the greedy capitalistic tendencies that they shunned during their own young adulthoods in the "turbulent Vietnam Era"... but at the core, they still had pure intentions and as kids we saw that. At the same time, we have totally forgotten it.
When was the last time we saw any group of high profile people come together to try and take on hunger? It's still there. Is the silence about it an audible message that we as a society just don't give a rat's ass anymore? I'm gonna have to say, "Yes". Think about how much time and energy you've spent debating about Napster in the past year... Now if you took all of that time and energy of everybody in their late teens and early-mid twenties and focused it on debating about how we can solve the problem of people going hungry in our country... it would have been solved. It's that simple. Think about that.
Generation X was given all of the tools and messages as children that people could make a difference if they just collectively put their minds to use... but have we done anything? Have we left any sort of legacy that will be looked upon with admiration someday? Hells no. Do we have any young politicians or noisemakers that we can't wait to see as president someday? Hells no. Do we care? I honestly don't think so.
We're a generation that will sit around and complain about how much MTV sucks nowadays... but would rather spend our time and energy talking about how much we dislike Carson Daly, than get off the couch and call our local cable company to demand M2. Think about it. Time Warner Cable in Manhattan.. the biggest market in the world... has not received enough calls from the millions of early-mid twentysomethings that live in NYC to put music videos back on television. Apathy much?
I think Fred Durst's latest stroke of unintended genius paints it best. Here's lyrics from the Limp Bizkit butchering on a familiar theme... "My Generation"
Go ahead and talk shit
Talk shit about me
And go ahead and talk shit
About my g-g-generation
Cause we don't, don't give a fuck,
and we won't ever give a fuck
You give a fuck about me
And my generation.
The sad part is... there's people out there that would hear this song and think it's rebellious or a call to arms. Nothing could be further from the truth. It's basically just a pussy cry that we aren't going to do anything until we are accepted by the generation above us. How cool is that?
It's like saying... "Mommy, I'm not going to sneak out of the house and go to that party until you fuckin give me permission!!".. Throw in some hard guitars and a couple of more F words and we may have a hit on our hands.
Now let's look at the old school version of "My Generation" done by The Who:
People try to put us d-down (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
Just because we get around (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
I hope I die before I get old (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
This is my generation
This is my generation, baby.
Without a single use of the word "fuck" or "shit", there's lyrics that more poignantly capture the inherent rebellion that young people should feel and act upon... yet we just feel.
The fact is this... Generation X.... We like to sit around and complain about how fucked up the world is, as if we're sitting on our asses waiting for the baby boomer generation to finally come to their senses and start making some of the wrongs right. Well I hate to break it to ya.. but they did all that they could and now it's our turn to shape this world.
It's not an impossible burden. If anything, it should be an exciting possibility. Our time is at hand. As a matter of fact, it's safe to say that:
We are the world,
we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
so let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me.
Word is fuckin born.
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