"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." -2 Chronicles 7:14

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"The Dangers of an Apathetic Youth"

Below is an excerpt from my piece in Smart Girl Nation, the magazine published by Smart Girl Politics Action.  You can read the rest here.


We need you, we need your youth, your strength, and your idealism, to help us make right what is wrong.”  President Reagan's words still have meaning for every youth in America today. Our goal should be to continue his idea: for American youth to give their strength and ideas to governing this country. Our age does not mean we remain silent. We need to work together to conquer this apathy that has overtaken American teens. At this rate, the next generation of Americans will be so uninformed about current affairs that America could be in danger of losing its superpower status. Prevention of that is impossible without a huge intervention right now. In order to accomplish this, together we must understand how critical it really is.

Where did this apathy come from? It most likely comes from parents. Political apathy is not only concerning among teenagers, it is rampant among adults as well. It is more than likely that apathy is passed from one generation to the next. Many parents developed apathy growing up after the Great Depression. Those who grew up before and during the Depression were brought up believing in the American Dream, which included faith and hard work. After the Depression, government became much more involved in peoples' everyday lives, bringing a sense of entitlement to many in that new generation. Even more concerning, apathy is not only in politics; more recently, it's been found in the areas of religion and school. The number of teens who attend church regularly is dropping, and high school graduation rates are at some of their lowest points yet. Clearly, apathy is not limited to politics, and all areas need to be addressed. If teens do not become more knowledgeable about the things going on around them, we as a nation will suffer the consequences.

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