FacebookTwitterRedditEmail

Will Generation Z Introduce a Wizard Renaissance?

Wizards, as in wise old people who heartily embraced that role with open arms, mostly died out with the Boomers.

They still exist in pop culture, of course, as a hint to a greater past generations ago which venerated the wise old man as the beacon of knowledge, and the oldest link to the past. However, you don’t really come across them anywhere else.

Generations ago, age was nothing to be embarrassed about. Old people embraced their age. It was, after all, an inevitability. Part of nature’s plan.

Things changed, however, when older men and women preferred to forget about their age and create the illusion of youth, denying their seniority and subsequent wisdom.

If you look at pictures of old people many years ago against old people of the more modern generations, this is apparent. Older people of the modern generations are plagued by continuous immaturity in a sad attempt to cling onto youth, only this Fountain of Youth is merely skin deep.

In this generational move away from wizardry, younger generations have lost the wise figures that prior generations benefited from, and are largely forced to figure things out for themselves.

There is no Oracle in the 21st century west, and there are no village wizards.

Only decrepit fogies with face lifts and sports cars, desperate to cling onto the past.

It’s selfishness, when you look at it. Selfishness, after all, is what defines the Boomer generation.

It was the generation that opted to spend and consume rather than secure meaningful legacy, and it was the generation that helped expedite the erosion of any higher meaning that the west once had.

This is why characters like Professor Jordan B. Peterson have become so popular among the youth.

Peterson, and many others, identified the lack of wizard-like figures in modern society and turned it into a profitable industry.

Lost young men, desperate for a wise father figure. For a guide to show them the way in an ever unclear world.

Peterson, of course, is not a wizard, but he proves the insatiable hunger for wizards in modern society exists.

The absence of wizards in modern society has caused another problem too: Young people don’t really respect old people these days.

Instead of seeing old people as wise gurus and beacons of knowledge, the youth of the Information age, where you can access information at your fingertips, just generally see the old as a useless nuisance.

Generation Z doesn’t see the Boomers as a wise beacon of knowledge. They see them as a warning. A destructive mistake worth learning from.

And can you blame them?

Under the Boomer, house prices and college tuition have rocketed for Generation Z, who will be far less likely than their parents to ever own a house.

Boomers to Generation Z represent pure societal decline, justified by philosophical selfishness.

How could wizards rise from such a generation?

There are still some wizards around today, those before the Boomers who are still alive, but they truly are a rarity.

If the theory that generations rebel against prior generations is correct, there will have to be some form of a Generation Z wizard revival.

It is likely that once Generation Z reaches the peak age of wizardry, they, unlike their parents, will start sporting long white beards and robes, and will start offering wise advice to the younger generations– continuing the tradition of their more ancient forebears.

More articles by:
bernie-the-sandernistas-cover-344x550
September 17, 2019
Mario Barrera
The Southern Strategy and Donald Trump
Robert Jensen
The Danger of Inspiration in a Time of Ecological Crisis
Dean Baker
Health Care: Premiums and Taxes
Dave Lindorff
Recalling the Hundreds of Thousands of Civilian Victims of America’s Endless ‘War on Terror’
Binoy Kampmark
Oiling for War: The Houthi Attack on Abqaiq
Susie Day
You Say You Want a Revolution: a Prison Letter to Yoko Ono
Rich Gibson
Seize Solidarity House
Laura Flanders
From Voice of America to NPR: New CEO Lansing’s Glass House
Don Fitz
What is Energy Denial?
Dan Bacher
Governor Newsom Says He Will Veto Bill Blocking Trump Rollback of Endangered Fish Species Protections
Thomas Knapp
Election 2020: Time to Stop Pretending and Start Over
W. Alejandro Sanchez
Inside the Syrian Peace Talks
Elliot Sperber
Mickey Mouse Networks
September 16, 2019
Sam Husseini
Biden Taking Iraq Lies to the Max
Paul Street
Joe Biden’s Answer to Slavery’s Legacy: Phonographs for the Poor
Paul Atwood
Why Mattis is No Hero
Jonathan Cook
Brexit Reveals Jeremy Corbyn to be the True Moderate
Jeff Mackler
Trump, Trade and China
Robert Hunziker
Fukushima’s Radioactive Water Crisis
Evaggelos Vallianatos
The Democrats and the Climate Crisis
Michael Doliner
Hot Stuff on the Afghan Peace Deal Snafu
Nyla Ali Khan
Spectacles of the Demolition of the Babri Masjid in Uttar Pradesh and the Revocation of the Autonomous Status of Kashmir
Stansfield Smith
Celebrating 50 Years of Venceremos Brigade solidarity with the Cuban Revolution
Tim Butterworth
Socialism Made America Great
Nick Licata
Profiles in Courage: the Tories Have It, the Republicans Don’t
Abel Prieto
Cubanness and Cuban Identity: the Importance of Fernando Ortiz
Robert Koehler
Altruists of the World Unite!
Mel Gurtov
Farewell, John Bolton
Weekend Edition
September 13, 2019
Friday - Sunday
Paul Street
The Age of Constitutional Coups
Rob Urie
Bernie Sanders and the Realignment of the American Left
Anthony DiMaggio
Teaching the “War on Terror”: Lessons for Contemporary Politics
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: They Are the Walrus
T.J. Coles
Jeremy Corbyn: Electoral “Chicken” or Political Mastermind?
Joseph Natoli
The Vox Populi
Sasan Fayazmanesh
The Pirates of Gibraltar
John Feffer
Hong Kong and the Future of China
David Rosen
The Likely End to Roe v. Wade?
Ishmael Reed
When You Mess With Creation Myths, the Knives Come Out
Michael Hudson
Break Up the Democratic Party?
Paul Tritschler
What If This is as Good as It Gets?
Jonah Raskin
Uncensored Tony Serra: Consummate Criminal Defense Lawyer
Ryan Gunderson
Here’s to the Last Philosophes, the Frankfurt School
Michael T. Klare
The Pompeo Doctrine: How to Seize the Arctic’s Resources, Now Accessible Due to Climate Change (Just Don’t Mention Those Words!)
Luke O'Neil
I Would Want To Drink Their Blood: God Will Punish Them
Louis Proyect
The Intellectual Development of Karl Marx
FacebookTwitterRedditEmail