[Note: I was sketching an outline for a podcast when an idea came to me. A lot of you are content creators and are looking for tips on how to do a podcast. Usually I get an idea in my head and just talk. Sometimes I sketch notes. In this case, I started writing out some notes to build a podcast around. Here is what a podcast looks like before it’s podcast. As you can see, I make bullet points. Be punchy. Hit hard or go home. Make a single, strong point and then talk around that point.]
A reader recently asked, “Why don’t millennials ask their elders for advice?“
That was one of those questions I wanted to throw out for discussion.
We received a lot of great answers. Go read the comment and add yours. Now I’ll give mine.
There is no transition through life stages. No maturity.
[Insert article, “The Stages of Life” by Carl Jung. Give brief summary. Link to earlier unconscious mind post]
My grandma is dead and she went demented before we could have these deep spiritual conversations.
She grew up in the Great Depression. She held the family together.
She recognized that family comes first. You sacrifice and do anything for your family. There are not many like her left.
Now your family comes second to your smart phones and computers and Internet pornography and your self-indulgent lifestyle.
Your Baby Boomer parents were checked out, and now the Gen X parents are checked out.
My generation is not maturing. There is little spiritual evolution, little wisdom.
Look look at my peers. Men my age and older still talk about their parents!
They cry about shit mommy and daddy did to them. “I’m this way because of how my dad/mom treated me.”
That is a sign that they have not left the childhood stage of development. People are in their 30s and 40s and still overgrown children crying about mommy and daddy.
How can you have a deep conversation with people who still let their parents rule them?
I ask Victor more and more for counsel. He just turned 32. [Link to Victor’s morning routine post.]
It’s not an age thing per se. Victor, like me, has rejected the culture we grew up in.
You MUST reject your culture or you will not mature as men.
It’d be a great gift to have older men out there with real wisdom.
There’s a man who posts on the blog, Ben, who offers some real wisdom.
There aren’t many wise old men.
They color their hair. Now I know if I worked in a corporation, I’d need to color it. That’s due to the man and woman children who run things.
They try to act like kids.
“50 is the new 30!”
No. 50 is old. And that’s OK. What the hell is wrong with getting old?
Don’t be frail and sick, but you should be wising up.
I am 37. That is middle-aged.
I could color my hair and go out and bang skanks, but is that what a man my age should do?
Should I go out and get drunk ever weekend, like a child? Like a teenager who had his first taste of beer?
Live a reckless life of self-indulgence…Is that the plan?
That’s what our culture teaches. Go look at sitcoms. No manly wisdom. No maturation.
No spiritual guidance.
Go watch some reality TV. Look at the Real Housewives. That show should make you sick.
Don’t judge the women. Judge the men. Behind every one of those women is a man.
Look at Bruce Jenner. He won a gold medal in the Olympics.
Rather than sharing his manly wisdom on being an Olympian, he’s a joke. A disgrace.
Adults are hysterical about news headlines, running around afraid of Russia, the Ukraine, Israel, Ebola, swine flu, this and that.
You young men don’t ask for advice because your elders do not have wise counsel to give.
Well, that’s not totally true. Danger & Play is here to stay.