There is a God shaped space in all of us that can only be filled with the Spiritual. We tend to think of ourselves as different, and unique, even to the point of thinking our group is different from every other group, and that we share a similar uniqueness that makes us different from all the "other" people in other groups. How ironic, when the Preacher tells us in the Bible that there is no new thing under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9
We find that generations are labeled: boomers, echo boomers, x, y, z... The thing about that is, there have been these same patterns throughout ages past. The birthrate responds to war, famine, technology development, economic recession, and various other societal indicators. Within each resulting generation, parenting styles are affected by those societal factors. One tiny example would be the habit of pediatricians recommending during WWII rationing efforts that babies didn't need as much milk as previously thought. This was a patriotic effort to allay mothers' fears that their children weren't getting enough milk, due to rationing. This made it easier to control hoarding and use of milk by this portion of the populace. Today, you see this same type of "enlightened teaching" in areas including marijuana legalization, civil rights in the races, homosexuality and same-sex unions, democracy, morality, and many other social constructs; whether positive or negative in your own viewpoint. The fact is, none of these are new or enlightened. They have all been around since ages past. As nations come and go, and tribes before them, governments develop and change, forming the same cycling ideas of how to live.
But, this all points back to the fact that all of us are basically the same, where it really counts. Basically, we all have the same needs and desires. Deep down, there is a God-shaped hole in each of us, that we try to fill with other things, or with people. We each desire a connection with the Spirit that created us. And, as a cartoon meme I spotted on my niece's Facebook wall proclaims, I like to sit back and look at the stars, like countless humans before me, and realize that there is nothing new under the sun, nor any other star!
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Please note that posting has become limited since we have been in the process of moving. We've been having various work projects completed during this transition after buying the place, and finished the plumbing work today, for example. Since we are out in the sticks, and are waiting to have a separate satellite dish installed for internet, I've been trying to use my phone as a hotspot, with sporadic results. And, then there's the packing, moving, and now... unpacking. But, you get the picture.