The Hero Generation
“Hero generations are born after a spiritual awakening, during a time of individual pragmatism, self-reliance, and national (or sectional or ethnic) chauvinism. Heroes grow up as increasingly protected post-awakening children, come of age as the heroic young team-workers of a historical crisis, demonstrate hubris as energetic midlifers, and emerge as powerful elders attacked by another awakening. By virtue of this location in history, such generations tend to be remembered for their collective coming-of-age triumphs and their hubristic elder achievements. Their principle endowments are often in the domain of community, affluence, and technology. Their best-known historical leaders include Cotton Mather, “King” Carter, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan. These have been vigorous and rational institution builders. In midlife, all have been aggressive advocates of economic prosperity and public optimism, and all have maintained a reputation for civic energy and competence to the very ends of their lives. Examples among today’s living generations are the G.I.s (WWII) and now Millennials, born 1981 to 2004.” ( LifeCourse)
It is Interesting that the themes of so many movies,TV and games since their birth is filled with heroes or superheroes in movies or shows like Hunger Games, Heroes, Superman,Call of Duty, X-Men,Batman,Avengers,etc.The sensitive creative ones have picked up on the calling of this group and are telling stories with the HERO themes.
Millennials (born 1981-2004) are now America’s largest demographic group with over 85 million. Every generation has had its own challenges but Millennials are facing a unique set unlike any other.
1.Millennials are the most highly educated generation in history. This sounds exciting, but with the supply of educated workers much higher than the demand in the workforce, it created a perfect storm of unemployment & underemployment, a frustrating beginning to their careers. A large percentage of Millennial women work with a much better education than past generations,but many men stay home with kids; 56% are even working jobs that have nothing to do with their educational level.
2) Are technologically immersed and savvy. This is the age group producing apps and inventing FB and Instagram and other amazing innovations. But the geekiness causes them to be less personally involved and more self-involved. They were promised by their parents and teachers all kinds of great things but they just are not seeing them materialize.Some of them think they can “just Google it” about ANY-thing. Many are too dependent on technology rather than human interaction.
Pastor Marc Lawson
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