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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Dropout (05/12/11)

TITLE: Talkin’ ‘bout My Generation
By Cheryl von Drehle


Turn on, tune in, drop out – the rally cry of the 60’s iconic counterculture. It was all so groovy, man…sparkling diamonds in the sky. We were turned on by LSD and tuned into the universe of us. We became dropouts in droves: out of school; out of families; out of conventional lives.

Heady days, those were…and steamy nights. We were so sure of ourselves back then…all the way back to the garden where our first parents began the dropout process by dropping out of God’s grace. So easily. So swiftly. But cast no blame… how routinely we embrace the same choice on our own behalf.

Paths diverged as we followed our desires, each doing what was right in our own eyes. We scattered to communes and to battlefields. We succumbed to overdoses and to rehab. We surrendered to madness and to sanity. Somewhere down the road the direction we each chose defined us forever. Some dropped into early graves; others stayed the course, now living “off the grid;” and still others dropped back into the mainstream. And the mainstream swiftly carried us on to new heights of prosperity and new depths in the devil’s playground.

Turn on to dizzying materialism, tune into self-seeking spiritualism, drop out of responsibility to future generations.

But some stepped back into history, only to discover it converged with the present. We tripped over The Reality behind our reality. The Son of Man, who dropped out of His Father’s eternal embrace to enter the virgin’s womb; who tuned in to the pain and suffering of His creation, who turned on the devil to once again throw him out of the garden.

Who beckons us now, to turn on to Him, tune in to the Truth, drop out of the lie.

And in the end, we are all dropouts in one way or another.

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diana kay05/20/11
i like it :-) i as a child in those times :-) so a little young to get caught up in it. I love the final line as it sums it up...also the title of course is great and cathcy
Beth LaBuff 05/20/11
You've presented many aspects of the topic (quite a few I hadn't considered). I really like your ending. Nice work.
Sydney Avey05/22/11
I like the way you have used a refrain and "reframed" it multiple times. Reading this is like leafing through a photo album and then picking up your journal to record the progression you've discovered. You packed a lot of commentary in a small space. Nice!
Joe Moreland05/24/11
I like how you've pointed out, subtlely, that while many think they're "dropping out" in some sort of rebellion, what they're really doing is conforming to this world and falling into the trap. The only true form of "dropping out" is to dropout of sin and into God's grace. Good job.
Mildred Sheldon05/24/11
Thank you for a very interesting story about drop outs.
diana kay05/26/11
well done cheryl on 2nd place with your catchy tune of a story :-)
Charla Diehl 05/27/11
Congrats on your 2nd place win with this blast from the past reflections. The 60's is when a lot of innocence was lost, and as we continue to live in rebellion, morals and values continue to decay. Like how you summed this up with your closing sentences.
Also like Joe's comments on this entry.