Don't Be Intimidated By Those Older Than You...
"And don't be intimidated by those who are older than you; simply be the example they need to see by being faithful and true in all you do. Speak the truth and live a life of purity and authentic love as you remain strong in your faith." (1st Timothy 4:12 TPT)
In the last few days, there’s been an absolutely bizarre media frenzy around Greta Thunberg. People are honing in on her Asperger’s, her fluency in multiple languages, her pigtails, and newly found celebrity status in the global environmentalist movement as if these are reasons to mistrust her, to believe someone must be ‘behind’ what she is saying, or to disbelieve any scientific reasoning that informs her activism. I see a lot of parallels between her treatment in the U.S. media and the treatment of Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg. Critics of these two go above and beyond policy critiques, and enter into territory that is clearly personal, obsessive, and cruel—literally against targets who are children.
I would say I don’t understand this, but I think I am actually beginning to. There’s a current of hatred towards children that permeates Western civilization, for likely numerous causes. The intergenerational wounds exposed in the media mockery of Greta Thunberg are older than Western civilization, and nothing new if you have beheld the faces of children in concentration camps, or fleeing violence in schools and abroad. I believe that to a degree these wounds come from the cultural existential pains and fears of older generations. After all, the same civilization claiming lineage to the child-devouring myths of Saturn and Moloch claims lineage to the cultures of the ättestupa and the senicides in Sardinia and Keos.
In meditating on this, the Spirit reminded me of the verse I opened this post with. Spirit says: ‘Mary was 14 when she became the mother of God on Earth. David was a teenager when he defeated Goliath. And so was Joseph when they knew their family, the Sun, and the Moon would come to them pleading for help. God's love is for all living beings, of all ages, genders, and creeds. Lev. 19:32, Job 12:12, Psalm 71:17, Psalm 92:12-15, Galatians 3:28. Be examples of love to one another across generations. Where such love feels impossible, pray for your community's healers to clear the way of obstacles. God's plan is for unity not division, reconciliation not phobias.’
There is certainly room for discussion and reasoned debate, particularly when it comes to the level of work that must be undertaken to mitigate or adapt to the climate crisis before us. Let's hold that space alongside a deep healing care for one another that cannot be shaken by generational traumas and fears.
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Pat Mosley (LMBT #16882) is a licensed massage therapist and life coach in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
His work is especially focused on creating permaculture in his community, which sometimes looks like providing bodywork, and other times looks like writing or designing gardens for people and bees.
Get connected with him via email to firstname.lastname@example.org