“To whom much is given, much is tested / Get arrested, guess until he get the message” –Kanye West
In his 1936 DNC Renomination Speech, Franklin Delano Roosevelt pronounced, “There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.” From the Great Depression to World War II; from The Great Gatsby to Pearl Harbor; from the Silent Generation to the Baby Boomers; and from Generation X to the Millennials, it is damn near impossible to comprehend everything FDR’s generation has been through and witnessed. It is no wonder why Tom Brokaw named FDR’s contemporaries as the “Greatest Generation.”
There is much progress to be made in our society to be sure, but over the last 100 years we have endured so much, learned so much, and have evolved into a much more civil society. Growing up, I remember my dad was always watching Peter Jennings.