what hope looks like

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4.

In a recent post, it’s a jungle out there, I discussed the daunting challenges confronting college graduates today. It’s not just that the job market is slow. In some ways graduates lack the emotional and psychological resources to cope with the sea of economic circumstances crashing on the beaches of their hearts.

Andy, a former student, responded that what my essay lacked was hope. He loved it, he said, despite what he called the “post-apocalyptic” mindset it engendered. But he believes an idealistic “blind faith” is necessary to move on and through these challenges. And I agree, up to a point.

Certainly my depiction was dark, and intended to be that way. But I did joke that sooner or later all of them will own an iPad. A culturally embedded resilience will help them overcome these challenges by “developing new industries and discovering fresh routes to affluence,” although I’m not sure they will or should define affluence in the same way.

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