Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Young adults much more interested in hands-on volunteering than older people, but see "ethical problems" in a less intellectual way; less heed to "individualism"

The Washington Times (on p A3 Tuesday) ran an AP story by Connie Cass “Generation giveback: Those under 30 are no slouches when it comes to volunteering”,  link here.  There is a striking dichotomy:  young people see a duty to become personally involved in issues like homelessness or mental illness and serve “up close and personal” regularly, sometimes in a bureaucratized manner.
 Older people (of my generation) may object to bureaucracy and see the recipients as lacking “personal responsibility” where as younger people see this as more of a community thing, and something about where you start out in line in life (especially, sometimes, with respect to race).  The same people are not always as interested in keeping up with the news or in voting, which is striking, although that doesn’t comport with my own personal observation.

There is a sentiment, among the young, that seeing regular volunteering by those "able" sends a message that nobody "gets out of things" by being lucky and that being a good person "makes sense". And offering personal attention (when an older person might think "it's none of my business") is a way of ratifying the sanctity of all life. 
Cass also has an AP story on ABC “5 Things about Americans’ slipping sense of duty” here
As I’ve reported before, I’ve seen film that show amazing interest in some of today’s young adults to work with others, even overseas, in a very hands-on way (“The Mission in Belize” short film (see Drama blog, Nov. 4, 2012).

Picture: The Bronx, NY, from a cab Monday, personal trip, through a moderate income area 

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