- By Sam George
- Published 11/2/2006
Sam George is the Executive Director of PARIVAR International - a non-profit initiative to address the needs of youth and families of Asian Indian origin in North America and to the Asian Indian community worldwide. Parivar means family in many Indian languages. Sam George also serves as one of the founding directors of Urban India Ministries
www.UrbanIndia.org Sam George and his wife, Mary have spoken at premarital and family events in many countries. They are parents of two boys and make their home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Sam is the author of the book “Understanding the Coconut Generation: Ministry to the Americanized Asian Indians." Check out this website www.CoconutGeneration.com Coconut (brown on the outside, white on the inside) is a metaphor for the Americanized Asian Indians. Sam George can be reached at email@example.com
A cover story in USA Today (October 3) describes the current generation of people under 25 as “digital natives” who grew up in a world filled with computers, cell-phones and cable TV. These are people who can’t live, work, relate, or play without technology.
As a result of Asian Indians natural inclination toward technology, we are seeing a higher adoption of tech-based tools and processes. The Coconut Generation are exceptionally tech savvy. How can tech tools help you in reaching and serving this generation? Got any ideas.
What the story ignored is the impact of wireless laptops and phones on spirituality. When life and relationship are limited to virtual world, it lacks depth and remains superficial. Shallowness pervades every facet of life as a result. It also advocates an attitudes of not to be tied down to anything, mobility and information access becomes highest value.
We're overfed with information and malnourished for meaning! These contemporary realities will intensify our search of meaning in life. What is life all about? Is there any purpose in life? What on earth am I here for?