The iPod Generation

Apple iPod
What way will the iPod generation play?

At my sister-in-law’s wedding a couple of months ago, Peter Neilson mentioned in his sermon about the current generation being the “iPod generation”: Insecure, Pressured, Over-taxed and Debt-ridden.

I found this online article by The Times’ Economics Editor, David Smith, called “Anxious life of the ‘iPod’ generation” who writes:

“We have always worked on the assumption that each generation would be better off than its predecessors,” said Professor Nick Bosanquet of Imperial College London…

“But young people today have a lot more commitments and it is much more difficult for them to raise their incomes and generate wealth. This really is a very big issue for the country.”

According to the report, today’s generation lacks the confidence and ability to build on the economic foundations created by post-war baby boomers. Because they are indebted, they are also risk-averse; levels of entrepreneurship among Britain’s young are lower than in America, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland and have fallen over the past decade. Many opt for what appear to be safe jobs offering a good pension. Others have to take any job that is available to try to pay off their debts.

Once upon a time the priesthood may have been seen as being a ‘safe’ job, in terms of job security. But hey! when was the Gospel ever about safety, about playing it safe and not taking any risks? God coming to earth as a human, being born of a woman, living as a baby, a child and a young man was never going to be safe.

Jesus’s invitation to his disciples to “Follow me” wasn’t a safe road, either. It wasn’t “Follow me to X, Y or Z”. It was simply follow me. And it wasn’t a safe road, all but two of the apostles were martyred (John lived to a ripe old age, and Judas took his own life).

I’ve been thinking about what to do next. I’m still quite uncertain about what I’ll do, about where God will lead me. But I do know that I want to do something creative.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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