Generation Null

Move over, Generations Y and X -- make room, at least in Zuccotti Park, for Generation Null.  This is the generation whose ignorance passes for knowledge; these are the protesters whose selfishness is thinly disguised as sincerity.  This is the generation where the self supplants the spirit.  Of all the crises America faces, the Occupy Wall Street movement proves that our greatest plight is spiritual.  We are daily witnesses to the rants of young people who have no concept of the human soul. We were warned.  More than that, we were told exactly how and why this crisis would occur in our lifetime.  In a prescient article in Criterion, published in the summer of 1963, the philosopher Leo Strauss described America's plunge into a spiritual vacuum [i].  Let's take a walk through his explanation, among the throngs of OWS, and into the empty essence of Generation Null. We begin with a fact: the self is not the soul.  The existence of the soul is an...(Read Full Article)

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