Our Generation

May 18, 2015 at 8:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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These past few weeks I have been showing and discussing the video above with some of the Stage 3 students who I have worked with. It has been so inspiring to hear these groups thinking, processing and expressing their thoughts and ideas about this powerful spoken word poem. Many themes and questions were raised by the individuals but there was a commonality within most of their responses. That commonality was in their language, an acceptance of individual and collective responsibility.

“Let us walk softly on the Earth with all living beings great and small.” – Cherokee Proverb

One student shot her hand up excitedly in the middle of our discussion. She wanted to share her connection to another poem that she had done a project on. She spoke with such passion as she explained how a 14 year old boy had written a poem that really inspired her and made her think about the choices that we will individually and collectively make to create the world that not only will we inhabit, but also leaving it for the generations to come. I have included below the poem that she spoke about to the group, written by Derek Nichols.

Here’s the transcript of the poem:

Our generation will be known for nothing.
Never will anybody say,
We were the peak of mankind.
That is wrong, the truth is
Our generation was a failure.
Thinking that
We actually succeeded
Is a waste. And we know
Living only for money and power
Is the way to go.
Being loving, respectful, and kind
Is a dumb thing to do.
Forgetting about that time,
Will not be easy, but we will try.
Changing our world for the better
Is something we never did.
Giving up
Was how we handled our problems.
Working hard
Was a joke.
We knew that
People thought we couldn’t come back
That might be true,
Unless we turn things around

(Read from bottom to top now – listed below)

Unless we turn things around
That might be true,
People thought we couldn’t come back
We knew that
Was a joke.
Working hard
Was how we handled our problems.
Giving up
Is something we never did.
Changing our world for the better
Will not be easy, but we will try.
Forgetting about that time,
Is a dumb thing to do.
Being loving, respectful, and kind
Is the way to go.
Living only for money and power
Is a waste. And we know
We actually succeeded
Thinking that
Our generation was a failure.
That is wrong, the truth is
We were the peak of mankind.
Never will anybody say,
Our generation will be known for nothing.

Both pieces shared here (the video and poem) offer within them contrasting versions of the future that we are creating. How can our generation explore the possibilities, discover potential and act authentically, while deepening connection to self, others and the world around us?

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