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As I See It

On March 16, 1999, I became a first-time grandfather. Along with visions of kids on knees and such as that, beginning a new generation brings to mind a new perspective on life. What kind of world have preceding generations created for Cassidy Michelle Little to live in? How are things different than when my daughter was born in 1971? How about changes since my birth in 1948?

GROWING UP

When I was a youngster, life was probably somewhat boring by today’s standards. Everything moved at a much slower pace. People stayed on the same job for years and years, families generally stayed together and the political scene was relatively quiet. There was less disposable income for nonessentials and kids had more responsibility around the house.

We couldn’t play outside in the heat of the summer days because that caused polio. Some well-to-doers bought bomb shelters to protect their families from anticipated atomic holocaust. Racial discrimination was the way of life and few expected much to change in that area.

THE 70s

By the time my daughter was born in 1971, the world had changed a lot from my childhood.

The “new morality” of the ‘60s had taken hold and the U.S. had lost the war in Vietnam. Our national balance was shaken by the racial unrest of the 1960s, defeat on the battlefields of Southeast Asia and uncertainty of whether the Baby Boom generation would ever amount to anything.

THE 90s

Now we are living in the “information age.” Many say that we are transitioning from the industrial age into a completely new environment where knowledge is the key to success. It’s what you know rather than what you do that is most important.

The world is changing faster than this old farm boy can keep up with. Immediate gratification and continuous sensory stimulation at the speed of sound is now our way of life. Computer technology has significantly impacted every facet of our lives and its influence is growing daily.

SHAKING OUT THE BRAVE NEW WORLD

What does all that mean for little Cassidy Michelle? The world will be a different place when she reaches age 21 in 2020. No doubt technology will continue to develop at a dizzying pace and will continue to impact our daily lives more and more.

However, I believe that some massive changes will be non-technology related.

I believe that the world will abandon the loose morality of today and return to a more ethical environment. I believe the recent Clinton debacle signals the low point for our country. We have seen first hand what the implications of immoral living is and we find it distasteful. We long for character-based leadership and people who are committed to integrity in their personal and professional lives.

Nothing is certain except change. The real legacy of the Clinton administration may well be the beginning of positive change in our country.

We have had enough of deceit and double-talk. Even in the upcoming presidential election, I believe that the electorate will select a candidate who will bring integrity to Washington.

Can it happen?

Sure it can. Recent generations didn’t invent immorality. History’s record is replete with examples of immoral eras which turned away toward morality. I believe we stand at the beginning of one of those turns. For the sake of Cassidy Michelle, I hope and pray I’m right.

THOUGHT FOR THE MOMENT

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

— GALATIANS 5:19

Joe D. Jones, CPA, is publisher of the Mississippi Business Journal. His e-mail address is cpajones@msbusiness.com.

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