Time magazine published an article on May 20th, 2013 on the generation that is born around the Milennium and called them the 'Me Me Me Generation.' This is the generation that Joel Stein describes as lazy, entitled, selfish, self-centered, shallow, narcissistic, developmentally stunted, materialistic, techno-addictive, entitled, full of unmerited self-esteem and over-confidence, set up to be disappointed in life, hating the banality of everyday existence and craving fame and recognition.(Loosely quoted) Ouch. He's unapologetic and provides hard evidence to substantiate his claims. This is the generation to which our Questors belong. This is Generation Y.
Having been brutally and cheerfully matter of fact he then 'redeems' the generation by looking at qualities that could produce greatness. And knowing Quest 2013, there is huge scope for greatness. The article rings true and I mull over Quest's role in these crazy times. What do we want to stamp on the lives of the handful of young men and women who come to Quest in this ancient and beautiful valley called Kaba for a few strategic months of their lives? Perhaps one of the greatest gifts we can give to Questors is to re-instate the uncool, old-fashioned truth that human beings are not suited to being "me" people. We were not designed to be obsessed with ourselves. If we sow into self-obsessed, egotistical lives we will reap pathetic and miserable harvests, no matter how 'successful' we may become. St.Augustine said it well. "Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility."
To live well means to live with a purpose way greater than ourselves even though it may often prove difficult to achieve our ends. To live well is to honour the paradoxical reality buried within us - that to truly live, we must die to self. To be looking for fulfillment in oneself is barking up the wrong tree. Augustine once again says it so well, "Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee." And Christ's words, " unless a seed falls to the ground and dies it cannot live" and then He went on to do just that. Even though He was God and had it all, He made Himself nothing, became an ordinary working class man, served ordinary people and sacrificed Himself to honour His Father and to give us Life. When a person gets this - they get it all. And other gifts will follow - to quest for these things is the stuff we are all in search of really.