Last year at this time the world was watching as China displayed its new image to the world during the Summer Olympics. I watched most of the coverage and was particularly impressed with some of the feature stories about life in modern China. This reinforced my opinions about how China has emerged as the world’s leading power – not just economically but socially. About five years ago I was fortunate to spend a week in China. This was a life-transforming experience that gave me an awesome appreciation for this values and norms of this ancient society. Since then I have taken many opportunities to talk with Chinese people I encounter on Campus and elsewhere.
In particular, for the past decade I have studied the Millennial Generation (those born since 1980) as a social movement. This generation (including my two kids) are going to inherit a world that is a major mess. Unfortunately, too many American youth have lost much of the passion and power to control the future of the world. That challenge and opportunity will fall to the youth in other parts of the world (including Asia, Canada and Europe.) Fortunately, Chinese youth appear ready, willing and able to help pull our world away from the brink of disaster. Last year I was also fortunate to watch an amazing documentary “Koppel on Discovery: The People’s Republic of Capitalism.” You will find a review of that four-part series, as well as selected Chinese proverbs.
During his short life, Jim Morrison of the Doors was a role model to men and sex symbol for women. In this article you will learn about the man, music and messages associated with one of the best Rock bands and political provocateurs we have witnessed. His life was filled with creativity and chaos; along with conflicts and contradictions. Here you will find a carefully selected set of articles, pix, quotes, lyrics and more. I hope you will find lessons here and buy some of the MP3 files that are available from the live performances!! I have had a long random play list going!! It includes the awesome 2000 Tribute CD entitled “Stoned Immaculate.”
Like many others, he had a major influence on my young life – sparking seeds of rebellion and spirituality that have burned throughout my life. He tied our generation to that of the beat poets. He also tied us back to our natural roots and native American heritage. I also went down the alcohol road between 17 and 24 (1968-1973). Although I used to pride myself on looking, thinking, and acting like Jim; I was blessed to not meet his same fate with booze. This marks the third and final volume in my trilogy of tributes (see also my writings on Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.) I was further blessed to have seen them each perform live in the late sixties around Chicago (their spirits are with me still.) I hope that you will find encouragement, enchantment and enlightenment from their lives and legacies as I have over the past 40 years!!