I wonder whether any other generation has seen such astounding revolutions of data and values as those through which we have lived. Scarcely anything material or established which I was brought up to believe was permanent and vital, has lasted. Everything I was sure or taught to be sure was impossible, has happened.
Roving Commission: My Early Life
If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.
Unless we do something quickly about teaching kids about our dying animals, there isnít going to be much left, if anything, for the generations that follow.
The jails are full of one million non-readers. We can't let it happen again. If you allow another generation to grow up to be 12 years old... without the ability to read, write, and think, we're sunk. If they can't read, if they can't write, if they can't think, they become criminals. We've already lost two generations. Unless we teach reading intensely and completely in kindergarten and first grade, the whole civilization goes to hell.
Death, like generation, is a secret of Nature.
Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.
I don't belong to any generation.
T. S. Eliot
To this day, I still canít resist Williamsí line, ďBut poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.Ē Yet even with the years of cinematic evidence, I didnít quite realize how much of an influence Williams had on my generation until today.
Megan Gibson, in why Robin Williams Was a Millennial Hero in TIME (12 August 2014)
Martin Luther King
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Sirens of Titan
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Long Walk to Freedom
Pale Blue Dot
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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