Saturday, November 12, 2011

Who was it that had their head in the “clouds” again?

Realists and Idealists. When these terms are applied to generations it is usually thought that older generations are realists (conservatives) and the younger generation are idealists (liberals). Yet with some thought this is not the case, it is in fact just the opposite. The younger generation is often accused of idealism mainly because they want to change the system and that is seen as an ideal in of itself. However, what the older generation misses is that by trying to conserve a kind of paradigm, they themselves are supporting an abstract ideal. While on the other hand, the younger generation is just reacting to the present world which is more real than any idea of the past. Therefore because of the older generation’s drive to preserve a system which is modeled on the past they become idealists, while the younger generation are realists because they are reacting to what they feel in the here and now.
Who was it that had their head in the “clouds” again?