You Can Tell I Was Feeling Morbid While Doing This Homework Assignment Last Night

February 8th, 2011 by ben Leave a reply »

2. Our generation is not at all a “lost generation”. One might describe the aimlessness of life as asserted by many of my peers as like that of “lost sheep”, as I personally would, but these sheep are certainly not a disillusioned generation of intellectuals. In fact, I would even go as far as to say the opposite: we are an overendowed, spoilt generation of nonintellectuals who bathe in the glory of the wealth and technology our parents have developed and worked for. We have certainly not yet reached an understanding of many of life’s truths, and are still missing many essential life lessons, much less experienced the killing fields and mass death and destruction involved in World War I. There is nothing to be disillusioned about in this generation of high schoolers. Anybody approaching you claiming to be disillusioned by society has most likely simply been surrounded with luxuries for most of their lives (even those in lower income brackets – we take a more liberal definition of “luxuries”) and only recently made contact with the cruel real world, or even if not, has definitely not been disillusioned by visages of death and war as defined by Gertrude Stein’s concept of the “lost generation” that Hemingway belonged to.

3. Truest sentence:

Life is like a chocolate raisin: sweet on the outside and dry on the inside.

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  1. k says:

    Who calls our generation a “lost generation”? I don’t remember ever hearing anyone make that arguement.

    Well yeah, obviously we have not experienced anything like World War I, or learned all the truths of life. But that doesn’t mean we can’t become disillusioned.

    “Anybody approaching you claiming to be disillusioned by society has most likely simply been surrounded with luxuries for most of their lives and only recently made contact with the cruel real world”

    Doesn’t that count as disillusionment? Obviously not to the extent of WWI veterans, but still.

    Also, I’m going to reccomend Better Luck Tommorow to you again, for like, the 50th time, because it kind of relates to this.

  2. k says:

    Oh yeah, I couldn’t tell you were feeling morbid. It seems like you’re feeling happy, since you’re critcizing other people for feeling depressed, isntead of joining in it.

  3. Benji says:

    The prompt for #2 was specifically whether or not our generation can be called a “lost generation” like the generation of expatriate writers who, disillusioned after the war, left for Europe. Being disillusioned by a life of protection from the cruel world until recently is being disillusioned by society, but in this case it’s the fault of overbearing, protective parents who like to spoil their children and not an atrocious world war.

    And well I was feeling morbid and cynical. In case you couldn’t tell, I was criticizing myself and my own parents there. Every time I see them spoiling my siblings and overlooking their brattiness, I tilt my eyebrows.

  4. k says:

    Well, that’s a terrible prompt. They always seem to have those prompts that only have one logical responese. I mean, you can go against the obvious choice, but few are good enough at logic or writing to do so.

    And yeah, it is disillusionment, just not of WWI proportions. But obviously, it’s going to be really hard to find anything of WWI proportions. It’s stupid for even asking you to compare the two.

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