Identity

Jonathan Lerner
Oct 16, 2017 · 6 min read

IV. Identity

Don’t be shocked when your hist’ry book mentions me
I will lay down my life if it sets us free
Eventually, you’ll see my ascendancy
And I am not throwing away my shot!

I am not throwing away my shot!
I am not throwing away my shot!
Hey yo, I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwing away my shot!

It’s time to take a shot!

-Alexander Hamilton (in Hamilton), Hero Generation

source: UNData
source: Brookings Institute

Americans sign fewer petitions,
belong to fewer organizations that meet,
know our neighbors less,
meet with friends less frequently,
and even socialize with our families less often.

We’re even bowling alone.

— Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (2000)

source: UMich, Monitoring the Future study
source: Center for Disease Control
Demon child in The Exorcist (1973)
Boy Antichrist in The Omen (1976)
Three Men and a Baby, the #1 Movie of 1987
Child’s earnings compared to parents, at age 30 for each (by child’s year of birth)
Source: Young Indivisibles

Are Millennials the Next Hero Generation?

Happy will it be for ourselves, and most honorable for human nature, if we have wisdom and virtue enough to set so glorious an example to mankind!

-Alexander Hamilton, Hero Generation



Epilogue

Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world

-Roald Dahl, Hero Generation

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