The Epic Human Journey: Part 3, Endless Summer

Shining Eyes

The new way of being is beating in our veins.

Sure they’re fickle when they rage about somebody fucking with their status update, their timeline and their tweets, but I like this Facebook generation nonetheless. They’re connected. They don’t want anybody to represent them. You don’t fuck with the back button of their lives. Their browser is their browser. Their networks are holy.

They don’t really know about the 60s and 70s dictatorship. They strut down avenues named after generals and torturers without a thought. And that’s okay. They’ve got their eyes on the future. This might be the first generation on Earth that’s looking only to the horizon. Some people fear that. They think it’s foolish. I don’t. I think they’re finally living what we’ve fought for so long to let go of. They will never be as young as they are today.

The conditions in the slums of Brazil are some of the worst in the world. There’s a lot of third world shit here. The protest might have started about transit prices but it ain’t about that now. We’re here because for the first time we can feel the new way of being beating in our veins. Eduardo Galeano said this shitty world is pregnant with another. I can taste it. I can feel it. I can even say that I’ve seen it.

He wasn’t more than 14 or 15. We were marching in São Paulo after dark. There were hundreds of thousands of us. This city is a jungle of concrete built for cars. To be walking in the middle of the road with the faded white stripes under our sneakers, rush hour on a Monday night, singing songs – that was something.

“Man, what a beautiful world we live in,” he said.

It’s something you feel when the lover in your arms is laughing and you feel like your heart is gonna break because there couldn’t possibly be any more room for good inside. The high begins to float you away. We were walking to the governor’s house, taking time along the way to talk, look at people waving white flags from apartment windows, listen to chants coming and going like waves in this sea of people. I looked into this kids eyes. He kept talking but I only remember those eight words. I was mesmerized by the shine is his eyes. Sparks. Flashes. Pulses. Bursts of light.

When the global revolution finally arrives . . . it’s going to shine everywhere like that.

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Anonymous

We all thought the children of the revolution back in the 60's. And now with hindsight we can see what a mess we made of our new beginning. Be careful it is far easier to talk about change that to bring it about. And it is even harder to make positive changes rather then end up with changes not working out quite the way you thought they would.

You doubt my words just look at where the sexual revolution led us!

To women having to work full time as well as do all the cooking, cleaning, washing and looking after the family, while her husband dose next to nothing. (When he bothers to stay around rather than move on to someone younger who has not had children kept her figure). Men are still being paid more for doing the same jobs. Where are the women in top jobs? Where is the equality we were promised? No we have just won ourselves the freedom to be treated as slaves, and even worse than slaves for we are abandoned at the first sight of something better coming along.

Juliana

Bring on the revolution. My faith in the younger generation is strong. And don't worry, many of us older generations will be right behind you.

Laura Belinky

Beautiful text. Inspiring.

They are Hollywood brainwashed, yes, but they are also content producers. They know a movie frame is as good as their frame. Lets hope they can come up with better dreams than those of consumerist culture.

Matt2013

I disagree completely - this is a LOST generation - a generation stuck in apathy - and they are going to pay the price.

Where are the protests against what is happening to Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden?

Oh right - this generation is too busy lining up for the latest smartphone - or burying their faces in FB checking to see if they have more friends.

Previous generations battled for rights - this generation is ignorant and stunned - they willingly give up their rights and privacy. Of course his is what is wanted of them - docile like so many donkeys.

Well the elites have succeeded, but as this short article reminds us, there will be a price to pay http://hongkong.asiaxpat.com/forums/tech-gadget-talk/threads/151603/how-i-could-own-you/

But hey, not to worry - as long as FB, Twatter and gaming are available - and 214 pizza can be had - why make waves? It's all good.

In short this is the most pathetic - and apathetic - generation in history. And they are going to pay the price.

aravistarkheena

It saddens me to say it, but you are absolutely correct. I teach at a large public university, and I find it almost impossible to get the students riled up over *anything*, even abuse directly affecting them, in the form of university policies, tuition increases, increasingly punitive discipline for minor infractions...I'm a Gen-Xer and I have started to feel like an aging hippie trying to muster the next generation of rebels to the barricades. The only problem is, no one shows up.

Francesco Sinibaldi

In a fine time.

In a limpid
perception the
first intuition
appears like
a white shade
near an intense
idea.

Francesco Sinibaldi

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