I’ve been off the grid for about a month finding myself. My hermitage is not over, I’m just checking in.
I am happy, I am honest, and I’m creating something I’ve never conceived before. Transcendental, raw, spiritual. Nothing but humanity. I have thrown away society because it is inherently anatural.
My journey is nowhere near over, I’ve only just tapped the surface of a soul I wasn’t sure I had anymore.
The fundamental difference between my generation (Millennials) and my parents’ (Baby Boomers) is simple, but it needs some explanation.
Boomers grew up and entered adulthood in the most economically secure time in American History. They needed less education to snag a decent-salaried job than their children do, and a college education cost them a small fraction of what it did for their children or will for their grandkids. They built an economy where young people increasingly need a college education to move into the middle class, or even to simply hold on to the middle-class lifestyle they were born into. But the boomers who run state legislatures and private universities have collectively pushed the costs of that now-requisite education into the stratosphere. Tuition has risen at twice the rate of inflation. They bought homes in a much cheaper market than ours will be; they didn’t move us off oil; they’ve reaped the stock gains and the carbon externalities and the budget deficits—and left their children and their grandchildren with the bill.
Not that they did all the wrong things.
I know exactly what I’m doing.
I know where I am going.
I know what I have to write.
I know what the next record is going to be called.
I know exactly how it’s going to sound.
I know what I have to do to make it work.