Wednesday, January 13, 2016

An unexpected turn of events

Before closing out my ranting and raving, I thought I would give it one more shot.  Reddit's, "Ask Me Anything" seemed like a good vehicle to reach young people to see if an old man with 90 years of experiencing a "good life" might have anything to say to the youth who so extensively use the social media.

While I was delighted at the initial response of over 12,000 hits and 2,000 questions, I was totally blown away by the topics a great many wanted me to consider. The first concerned the issue of the necessity of using the atomic bomb in World War II (stemming from my having been a Marine in WWII perhaps) and the second related to their views on religion (perhaps stemming from my statement of being a church- going agnostic atheist)

I'll  plan to say more about these topics the next few Wednesdays, and I hope some of you may want to put in your 2 cents wor4th below.  But I also invite you to go to Reddit's

for your own assessment.

However, I want to share one thought about the nature of the responses.  This too I thought was most surprising

So many of the responders seemed in disbelief – that an aged person would be so honest, so direct, so forthright in responding – coupled with a desire for more intergenerational contact.

And in briefly pondering
why this would be true
I came to a few
tentative conclusions:
skepticism of government born of conflict with Vietnam
leaders with massive egos promising much but delivering so little
hypocrisy in and skepticism of religion


  1. I just wanted to day I read both AMA's you did and was excited to see you return to reddit. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I'm a huge history buff and love to K of what life was like before I was alive. Thank you for sharing these precious memories, thoughts, and feelings with us.

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