Published on December 7th, 2013 | by Mannie Ramos0
Do You Have Faith in the Next Generation?
Do you have aspirations of being the change that your family needs? Maybe you’re used to living in poverty and struggling for the next meal. This is a real world concern but I would like to challenge you to think beyond your generation. I know that sounds scary, but it’s possible. I am single with no children so it’s easy for me to be selfish and put all the pressure on myself. I honestly feel that my path is to become to be the set-up chapter for the great things to come to my Last Name and future generations. I have two different instances of to help illustrate this point.
Have you ever followed or are you following a show, episode by episode, or even a movie trilogy? As a fan, my least favorite episode of a show is that boring “set-up” episode where they introduce the characters and plot for the future of the show… I know that episode is a necessary evil… haha. We have to know the characters to sympathize if they get killed or entangled in an affair with the president. If the show didn’t give us time to learn the characters our imagination would run wild. The writers and TV show-runners know that if they leave plot-holes, the fans can’t follow. It’s necessary for the progress of a great show or movie. They must have the patience to make the story better, rather than sacrificing simply for ratings. We all know blood and sex sells but if we don’t know the characters, it’s just gratuitous. Would we really love Scandal’s Olivia Pope if she was just a mistress to the president? Would we respect Breaking Bad’s Walter White if he was just your average meth-dealer with no back-story?
Did you hear that full Kanye interview with “Sway in the Morning”? If you are not familiar with Kanye West, he is a very outspoken rap artist. He is known for flying off handle and in this interview, he did just that. So many times people just waive it off like that’s Kanye being Kanye. But I must admit, he made incredible points about how we look at life. He also made a point that there are brands and businesses that control our world. My retort to Kanye is that when Gucci or Louis Vuitton first started, they weren’t the symbols of success. It took generational progress and hard work from people who believed in the creator’s vision. So my question to Kanye is, do you have to initiate every form of generational change? I mean look, you single-handily changed the West name for generations to come with musical talent that people would die to possess. Instead of having to be the next great fashion designer, actor, painter, or etc, he should practice that patience for his daughter and her generation because who knows, she could be the next Donatella Versace and take his name even further. He needs to have the humility and faith that his family will be greater than him.
I know it’s tough to have the patience for subsequent generations, but we must have faith. Often previous generations think that the current generation doesn’t know anything, but if that were true I wouldn’t have this iPhone I am writing this article on! The Wright Brothers could’ve been selfish but instead they shared their ideas and now we have Boeing 757’s. Instead of down-talking the next generation, uplift them to do greater than you.
I recently watched Jay Z’s Made in America documentary and he said something that blew my mind. He said, “My generation is one generation removed from Martin and Malcolm.” Speaking as a person of minority descent, I want to be able to sacrifice for the next generation so that skin color becomes irrelevant. I don’t know about you, but I believe that with patience the next generation could do colossal things that we can’t even fathom…The flying car is not out there yet but, I am declaring my child will have the possibility to put it in production!