I was wondering what changed in society that caused people to turn away from God. We know from history that when governments control everything in the people’s life, it leads to communism and fascism. What made America unique was it was designed as a Republic not a democracy (majority rule). A Republic is a representative form of government and that is why we have the Electoral College, delegates.
This is not an American history post. But as I said, what causes nations to turn away from God? America is my example. Republics have been set up before and history records when nations turn from an accountability to God and man (those who elected them), government grows into a behemoth. People then start trusting in government and not God. If this growth of government is not stopped, society becomes slaves.
So I wanted to look at generations and look for clues how God played an influencing part and who are some notable people during these times. At the end, consider what the effects of inventions play in society. This is not an exhaustive study but an overview.
I notice about 8 different generational times.
1) Before the Lost Generation – this is those born in the mid 1800s. People like Tesla – born 1856, Thomas Edison – born 1847, Karl Benz – born 1886, and Henry Ford – born 1863. These people came of age during the time of the Lost Generation.
2) The Lost Generation – These are WW 1 fighters. They were born 1883-1900. They were writers and composers, people like George Gershwin, Aaron Copeland, Ernest Hemingway.
3) The Greatest Generation – These people were born 1900 – 1924 and grew up fighting WW 2. They came of age during the Great Depression. During their time those born in the Lost Generation had invented the radio. Tesla was born 1856 and died 1943 and Marconi, a fascist, was born 1874 and died 1937.
4) The Silent Generation – These were born 1925 – 1942. Some fought in WW 2, some Korean War. These are the parents of the Baby Boomers.
5) The Baby Boomers – These were born in 1946 – 1964. Boomers grew up in a time of affluence. They came of age in the mid 1960s through late 1970s.
6) Generation X – These are those born from 1960’s – 1980’s.
7) Millennials – These are those born 1980’s – 2000’s. These are the Baby Boomer ‘ s children.
8) Generation Z – Those born 1990s – 2025.
If we were to pigeon hole inventions, laws, supreme court decisions, religious leaders into their respective time frame and see what happened during their generation, we might understand what is causing people to turn from God.
When I looked at what was invented and when, I saw what generation played a key role in the invention. Most all of our modern day inventions were invented by the Silent Generation and the Baby Boomers. Here is a sample. I listed the invention and the year it was invented or attributed to what generation.
Radar Range 1946 changed to microwave oven in 1955 and the first countertop microwave oven in 1967.
Baby Boomers are attributed to inventing:
Satellite systems, remote controls, LED lights, lasers, cordless phones and mobile phones, computers came from the Silent Generation but Boomers invented the Internet (computers speaking to computers) and the World Wide Web [ www. ] computers talking to computers on a global scale. Boomers invented the digital camera, video games, wireless networks, email, micro processors, space shuttle, calculators, the birth control pill, telescopes for space.
Millennials have taken many of what their parents (Boomers) invented and built on it or improved it.
So when we look at the writers, readers and composers era and consider those who invented the automobile, airplane, space shuttles, computers and modern appliances, electricity, running water, we can see man has created “things” that occupy one’s mind with computers and movements with travel and reading, writing and critical thinking have suffered.
So is Generation Z working on replacing mankind as God created man via robots, transhumans, bionic body parts? Where is God in that world?
Drones – First experiments started in 1849. In 1917 unmanned vehicles were improved. The drone was improved by Baby Boomers with remote controlled airplanes and the Predator Drone was first used in 1974. Today, drones are everywhere.
Until next time my friends.