Todd and Victoria Buchholz recent wrote for the New York Times on The Go-Nowhere Generation. In it, they suggest that Americans, especially younger generations have become risk-averse and sedentary. Culturally, we have become have become risk-averse and sedentary. With a challenging economy all around us, young Americans are less inclined to pack up and move to sunnier economic climes.
According to the Pew Research Center, the proportion of young adults living at home nearly doubled between 1980 and 2008, before the Great Recession hit. Today’s generation is literally going nowhere. This is the Occupy movement we should really be worried about.
We discussed last week about the need to assist the next generation to be able to make commitments, to overcome fear, to deal transparently, to initiate, to plan a course.
This is all a part of our American heritage. We are a nation of movers and shakers. Pilgrims leapt onto leaky boats to get here. The Lost Generation chased Hemingway and Gertrude Stein to Paris. The Greatest Generation signed up to ship out to fight Nazis in Germany or the Japanese imperial forces in the Pacific. The ’60s kids joined the Peace Corps.
But Generation Y has become Generation Why Bother. The Great Recession and the still weak economy make the trend toward risk aversion worse. As Church, we have a role to play here with this generation, let’s get moving and shaking! <h/t to Ann for calling my attention to the article>