Pessimistic Approach at first and Optimistic when ReversedThe poem is titled as The Lost Generation
The poem is titled as The Lost Generation written by Jonathan Reed as an entry for the AARP’s video content that launched on YouTube in 2007. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is a non profit organization that helps people above 50 years of age to live affordable and beneficial, independent lives.
The contest aimed for the age group of 18-30. It was about creating a two minute video that described the vision of their life at 50 years of age. The motive behind this was to encourage intergenerational dialogue to enable young people create visions for their future.
Jonathan Reed from Atlanta, Georgia won second place in the contest. What’s stands unique for this poem is that it turns the pessimistic view of the world to optimistic if we read the poem in another way.
When read backwards, the poem has an optimistic view
There is hope.
It is foolish to presume that
my generation is apathetic and lethargic.
It will be evident that
my peers and I care about this Earth.
No longer can it be said that
environmental destruction will be the norm.
In the future,
I will live in a country of my own making.
I do not concede that
30 years from now, I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce.
Experts tell me
This is a quick fix society
but this will not be true in my era.
Families stayed together
Once upon a time
I’ll tell you this:
is more important than
I have my priorities straight because
my employer will know that
they are not the most important thing in my life.
So in 30 years, I will tell my children
“Money will make me happy”
is a lie, and
“True happiness comes from within”
I realize this may be a shock, but
I can change the world.
And I refuse to believe that
I am part of a lost generation.
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