Old school in a new way...

I have always been drawn to people that are old school. They stand for something and have a strong sense of self and values. Our culture has progressed in a way that we have left some essential old school values behind- honesty, integrity, sense of community, etc. Old school people can help us reclaim these qualities.

That being said, old school people can be a bit... how should I say this... set in their ways. Some have had a difficult time accepting that the world has changed. They still see their old school qualities being applied in the same way as before the world changed. They can't understand why the kids these days won't "fly right."

And then we have younger, progressive, innovative people. They are essential in us solving our problems and moving forward. They are creative. They understand technology. We desperately need them as well. They are our future. Yet sometimes they can be a bit... flighty.

What if we took some of those old school qualities and applied them in a totally new way to today's world? Honesty and integrity needs to reformat itself in today's world. It is not as cut and dry as it once was. Things are much more complex. Sense of community is not going to happen the way it did in the 1950's or 60's. The world is totally different now.

So my challenge for us is for the old school and the innovative to come together- inside of ourselves and between each other. I envision a grandparent teaching their grandchild how to stand for something. And then listening and exploring with the grandchild about how they could stand for something in our world today. Working together.

After that we could have a barn raising. Or maybe a solar panel raising.

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