Way back in May of 2012, I ventured into the then budding self-publishing arena with The Hereafter Handbook.
To say the book was a huge success would be an incredible overstatement. (OK, it would be an outright lie.) In fact, if Amazon maintained a Worst Seller List, I am reasonably confident that my book would have consistently held a place of dishonor.
I haven’t been too discouraged by this. I wrote the book more to organize my own thoughts and beliefs than to become an internationally renowned author. I did attempt to lighten the subject matter by injecting a bit of dry humor, which I thought might broaden its appeal.
The premise of The Hereafter Handbook is that our starting positions in the Afterlife are largely determined by our behavior on this life. In pursuit of that concept, I included admittedly frivolous chapters on Hereafter Workplace Conditions, Communications and Limitations, as well as a short quiz to evaluate reader understanding of the material presented.
After all, it is a handbook, authorized by The Universe, Itself – your future employer.
More than seven years down the road, I find myself having what might be described as an out-of-generation experience. Although I am very much a Baby Boomer, it seems that my thoughts about life in this world and the next bear a strange resemblance to those being assigned to a generation I had never heard of at the time I wrote the book – the Millennials.
In The Hereafter Handbook, I stated my belief that “God” is just another name for “The Universe.” Lately, I have noticed television program dialog increasingly using “Universe” in places where one might normally expect to hear “God.” Was I ahead of my time?
I also believe that people can be spiritual without being religious. Now, I’ve read that Millennials tend to reject traditional churches yet see themselves as spiritual. That makes perfect sense to me.
Modern day religions have a relatively basic arrangement. True believers enjoy a social support structure of like-minded individuals and are promised eternal life, somewhat assuaging their fear of death. In exchange, religious organizations receive donations of time and money (mostly money) to maintain their infrastructures and to expand their market shares.
I also took issue with conservative ideologies, which ironically do nothing to conserve our planet but do everything to conserve personal wealth.
They have a fervent, inexplicable desire to return to rigid, traditional values which have little or no relevance to the current world. They prefer to create jobs overseas and bank their cash in foreign countries, deplete the planet of all natural resources, and push their practices on others at every conceivable opportunity. Saving the planet is not on the conservative agenda, unless that should somehow become more profitable than destroying it.
Maybe I’m just prejudiced by my mindset, but I’m extremely tired of hearing people of my generation characterizing Millennials with words like “lazy” and “entitled.” We should be using words like “concerned” and “engaged.”
The denial practiced by previous generations is a luxury for which time has run out. Millennials are possibly the most motivated generation in human history because no stakes are higher than survival for themselves and their children.
Millennials have become the last hope for our destructive species. Treat them with the respect they are due.