AS MY FELLOW EDITORS on the Journal team can attest, I've been beating my 20-somethings drum for a while now. I suppose you could say that the idea for this feature sprang, at least in part, from my own selfish desire to hear from my peers. But deeper than that was a longing to offer a resounding counterargument to words like angst and ennui —words that seem to pepper the popular vocabulary when it comes to characterizing Generation Y.
At last, my hour came. The search began. And my e-mails circled the globe, reaching to places as far-flung as Russia and Greece and as close to home as my own neighborhood, Brighton, Massachusetts. There were days when I felt overwhelmed by the number of missives I'd written—and how fruitless the search seemed. And yet, I was buoyed up by the conversations I was having with the 20-something thinkers who were responding. Buoyed up and humbled by the sheer purity and vibrancy and originality of thought that I was encountering.
When all was said and done, Generation Y—at least the sampling you'll see here—did not disappoint. In fact, I'll say publicly that I was moved to tears by their offerings. More than a mere counterargument to prevalent notions about what it means to be a 20-something-year-old, what they share in the pages that follow is a testament to their deep desire to engage with ideas, to actively love God, and to prove that Christian Science is, indeed, a living Science