Yes, for certain, there are and always will be children who grow up infected by the prejudices of their parents and will grow up to be the sad inheritors of all our irrational hatred and suspicion. But their numbers are fewer and will get fewer still.
In 1948, the poet T.S. Eliot said: “We can assert with some confidence that our own period is one of decline; that the standards of culture are lower than they were 50 years ago; and that the evidences of this decline are visible in every department of human activity.”
That group T.S. was moaning about turned out to be what has become acknowledged as “The Greatest Generation.”
From where I stand, the Millennials are going to be even greater. I wish I could be around to see how they turn out.
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