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  1. Caryn LeMur says:

    Thinking ‘outside of the box’ is often reserved to be the domain of the man.

    In terms of generational viewpoint, I like that I can see/perceive three views:

    – Ahead of me: My parent’s view of women – they returned en masse to the work force after World War II. They ‘knew their place’, and ‘submitted’ to the men. They also knew that their success was clearly defined: homemaker, mother, PTA, some college, secretary. They even had scriptures to back this up.

    – Behind me: My children’s view of women – they work in the workplace (but, of course). They know their place is anywhere. If a man is a jerk, they report him to HR. Their success is behind Door A, Door B, or Door C (they define their own ‘success’). They even have scriptures to back this up.

    – And my generation in America: We were the most interesting cultural battlefield. Even my Evangelical friends called it ‘The Culture Wars’. We, as a generation in America, seemed to split into two groups – imitating our parents resolutely, or moving in the direction that would be solidified by our children.

    And those of us that gave our children hell for not conforming to our ‘biblical culture’, we see them leaving the faith that chained them.

    And those of us that gave our children permission to explore, we see them becoming, trying different philosophies, growing and changing. Some leave our faith; some stay. But now, they truly ‘own’ the decision.

    And we all had scriptures. Of course we did. The New Testament was a set of letters written to Jews, the Romans, the Galatians, and the Corinthians – each with their own cultural viewpoint. Without meaning to do so, we cherry-picked to justify our decisions.

    Life moves on.

    My sons and daughter are approaching the 40’s. For the next 20 years, they will be the influencers of the world. And, my the ‘culture wars’ will simply be a paragraph, if that, within a history book.

  2. Yes, and I do think we live in an interesting time of transition. It’s terrifying and wonderful at the same time to be experiencing it.