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I know this is cliche...

Posted to WritersAndGenres

...but at the same time, really appropriate in connection with the Beat Generation.

A lot of time, directionless people in need of guidance head towards religion. A lot of the Beats did. Kerouac is obviously influenced by his Catholic upbringing, as well as Buddhism. Ginsberg is obviously influenced by his Jewish upbringing, as well as Buddhism. Burroughs experimented with a whole bunch of religions, picking and choosing the parts he liked. Perhaps the Gen X-ers could use a healthy dose of spirituality to kick start them into something better.

The problem with this, of course, is the fad religions--Wicca, Church of the SubGenius, etc. People claiming to be spiritually enlightened, and simply covering up their pursuit of pleasure with a mock spiritual guise. There are, of course, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, etc. who do this as well, so I'm not advocating one path over the other. But I think some really deep soul-searching, some really deep questioning on a higher level, would help. Our job, as writers, is to get people to start asking these questions, and not simply feeding them the same blood/sex/violence fluff they are barraged with by our media.

>This media drunk culture does not believe in reading for >understanding only entertainment.

Why not do both?

>TV is death.

Not true. MOST TV is death. However, there are still those few oases that offer healthy, perhaps even enlightening, shows. PBS, of course, is the obvious example, but there are others.

>We seem to be in constant pursuit of pleasure like a >hummingbird flitting from flower to flower. Where is >honesty.

One can only bet with the money they bring to the table. Put honesty out into the world, put goodness out into the world, exhalt these things with your poetry and possibly you can drag some people up with you.

Good luck. I wish you all the blessings I can muster, and will help you in any way I can.

Go in peace,
Josh =)-