Today's Youth, Song Lyrics and Peak Oil

| 2/28/2011 10:27:49 AM

Teen angst is not a new theme in society, but I think that all of the issues of the past that caused it have been ratcheted up about a ba-zillion notches. When I was teenager in the mid 70s my mind was consumed with girls, and cars, and working (to make money for gas for the car to meet girls) and occasionally I thought about school stuff. I lived in the suburbs but they didn’t seem like a bad place to be at the time. Everyone lived in the suburbs didn’t they?


The band Rush had a song in 1982 called “Subdivisions” including the lyrics

“Subdivisions... in the high school halls, in the shopping malls, conform or be cast out...” 

Heavens knows James Kunstler (author of “The Long Emergency”) has made a career out of trashing suburbia. He calls suburbia the greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the planet. In a post peak-oil world he understands the problem with living in suburbia.

Some of today’s youth seem to get it. And they get it at a much deeper level than I can conceptualize of at that age. Last year our daughter Katie was living in a vegan coop at The University of Toronto. Whenever we visited I’d make a point of meeting the other students living there. They were a socially aware group of young people and it was great to find out what they were studying but also what causes they were involved in.

4/5/2013 2:53:06 AM

Thank you for this wonderful post! I have just recently started to read your blog, and I can relate to the sense of satisfaction with a job well done (your wood splitting 'hobby'). I live on a grain farm and it is my nirvana, as your plot of land is yours. But alas, I am only 16 years old, and after I move out in several years, it will be an excruciating amount of time (for me anyways) before I can purchase land and move back out into the country. But back onto the topic of your post. When I listen to my parents' and grandparents' stories about their youth, they were - I guess you could use the word oblivious - compared to today's younger population. At our school there is an unspoken competition over who can have the deepest conversations. I feel both pressured and overjoyed that we have this sort of mentality. Anyways, please keep posting for a long time to come! I really enjoy everything that you write, and appreciate what you have accomplished so far. Thank you!

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