I’m stoked this got approved by The NY Times! I wrote this comment in response to Nicholas Kristof, a NY Times’ staff writer, and his post on the activism of youth during the last election, (“Those kids changing the world,” Nov 15, 2008). To visit the said blog by Nicholas Kristof, click here.
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Comment #61. I think the resourcefulness of the youth and young professionals is the result of many things: instant access to information (which empowers us to view the world in an unfiltered way and forces us to think in [an] increasingly adult manner); basic idealism; and most importantly, necessity.
The recipe for success is broken. Even with a graduate degree from a top-25 university and a decent-paying job, it is not as easy today as it was perhaps a couple of generations ago to achieve a comparable degree of financial independence, prestige and social status.
For many immigrant young professionals who are sometimes unfairly viewed with less credibility, the conventional path to success in the private and public sectors abounds with even more serious frustrations than for the well-connected and native-born.
This, in my view, is why you see a lot of non-profits sprouting up everywhere you see a high concentration of educated youth. We are blazing a new path because the old tried path is broken, in disrepair, and full of trip hazards.
In addition to the well-placed admiration for our idealism, older generations must also work with us in diagnosing, fixing and rehabilitating a broken recipe for success to ensure there are opportunities for everyone in the years to come.
— R Bong Vergara
Also check out 2 previous but related posts, 2008: The birth of the Idealistic Era and What the US Presidential election means for one Filipino American