Justin B. Thompson
In today’s world it is so difficult for young adults to stay focused on being the best“person” they can be. Self-improvement is a
key topic on everyone’s to-do-list. You can’t go one day without seeing a weight loss/muscle enhancement commercial on television. If you spend any time on a public roadway you’re destined to spot a large billboard telling you what car will make your quality of life better, or which watch will tell time more fashionably. Unless you live inside a box once you step outside your door into any westernized civilization you are bombarded by things, things, and guess what, more things that will
supposedly make you better.
What constitutes a better person? Someone who has more “things” than most people? Or is it a person who has the most but somehow finds it in their heart to give a little away? Oh, I think I’ve got it maybe the individual who starts from so little, makes it big (earn a lot of money“legally”) then devotes their life to philanthropic endeavors. That must be it. I think that solves the issue of how you become a better person. Well that one sentence may sound as easy as pie, but as the new generation of young adults are slowly reaching adulthood, that fantasy seems to be just another Disney sequel to life’s harsh reality.
Although the United States Government has statistically improved that amount of jobs since Obama has been president there are still millions of individuals with degrees who are unemployed. Well, where does that leave all those people who did all the right things growing up? They went to school, graduated, and then somehow found themselves derailed. Being thrown off that money train in full throttle destination-success is only half of the disappointment. That journey to becoming a better person has just halted in its most innocent state of prematurity.
More and more everyday it seems that what ultimately defines the individual is based on the amount of goods and monetary worth acquired. This western culture has landed itself into a superficial wasteland with not much room to push past the i-pods,
designer clothes, and luxury automobiles. It seems there is less and less room and not enough time in one’s life for a diligent stroll down the path of spiritual sanctity. Spiritual sanctity?!?! Uh oh, I think I’m getting ahead of myself here. The first equation was much easier: Rise from poverty to wealth + devotion to charitable functions = A better person. Now spiritual sanctity has reared its ugly head into the situation. Let’s have some fun with this idea.
Young adults should strive to live a life based on their belief in some higher order while simultaneously amassing earthly goods by whatever means necessary? Or better yet, a spiritual blanket has been laid over humanity speaking to our very souls saying that everyone is destined to amass great wealth and it’s only the very strong who fulfill that destiny. All those who fail are just plainly weak and are naturally incapable of being better people. If this is truly the case, then most of us should simply give up and accept the shame, degradation, and pity bestowed upon us.
There is little light glimmering at the end of that tunnel. For me that viewpoint is very false, and maybe it’s because of my bias towards such a depressing state of existence opposed by my faith in God. The relationship I have with Jesus Christ is my moral pillar of accountability that pushes me forward in my journey of self-improvement for the betterment of all those who surround me.
It’s harder nowadays for young adults to stay grounded in their faith and commitment to whatever spiritual entity compels them to do Good. A world consumed with attractive people, things, ideas often confuse and distract us from our personal pathways
to true self-improvement. None of us are perfect, but in the critical stage from young adulthood to adulthood we make significant choices in our lives that have lasting effects. There is no one right way for everyone to follow, but there in the end awaits all of us that lasting truth. Death meets us all, and hopefully when it does we all would have lived striving for some transcendent purpose, rather than the things we cannot take along past this life.