Clarifying My Perspective
Reader mangeek left this curious comment last week:
A lot of my progressive friends are pretty easy to find during the days and nights: Coffee shops and bars, respectively. I still haven’t figured out how to live without an income, so I schlep it to work fifty hours a week.
I’ll bet Justin has a lot to say about a generation of twenty-somethings who seem to be more interested in having fun than generating and accumulating wealth and stability, but that’s a conversation for another day.
Let me state bluntly that I’m a big proponent of fun, and look for it in every task that I undertake. It’s probable that some scorn would rise up unbidden at the particular activities that many modern twenty-somethings consider to be appropriate fun for their age, but that’s an individual judgment, rather than a collective one. I’m also not inclined to see the accumulation of wealth to be more than an incidental factor in a well-lived life, and as for stability, well, my religious faith leads me to regard that in spiritual, rather than material, terms.
The aspect that irks me about the generational distinction, if it is real, is the overlap of a free-living, fun-having extended adolescence with the ideological belief that others should believe it to be their duty to support the drag on our society. Exhaust your young life at the local coffee shop, if that’s your choice, but don’t then expect everybody else’s healthcare premiums to go up so that you can remain on your parents’ insurance until it suits you to find a real job. Don’t advocate government giveaways and subsidized pastimes as a means of giving your life meaning and extending your capacity for idleness.