My father recently sent me a link to a great opinion piece in the WSJ from June. The Article - "The Anxiety of Influence" is written by General Josiah Bunting, a former superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute, and current president of the H.F. Guggenheim Foundation .
This article real hits a chord with me. What will be said of our generation and what challenges will force the leadership to the top? I am a true believer that every generation has a small percentage of people that will carry the next. Perhaps our generation will be more known for having to manage the complexity of a connected global society through instant communication, dangerous viruses, global terrorism and rapid technological change.
What I hope for is that this generation of leaders is taking time to ponder the experiences of the past generations (far back). Tom Brokaw gave us such an amazing window into the group he called the greatest generation. History gives anyone in leadership the lessons of those who have gone before them. This current generation makes the common mistake of thinking all original thought and ideas have been developed in the past 25 years - in some cases - the last 25 minutes on Instant Messaging. What you may discover from history as General Bunting points out - the greatest of leaders had a burning curiosity for the present and the past. The Internet gives us such tremendous access to these resources - and for free.
The generations that have gone before us sacrificed, led and made America what it is today. Let's not waste the gift that has been given to us by our forefathers and which we are responsible for passing on to future generations of Americans. Thank you General Bunting.