I have a sense that young people believe that anything that is natural must be better. I don't think that belief withstands logical scrutiny, but it seems to be the prevailing "wisdom." So, if natural is better, why do you get tattoos and body piercings? Nothing could be more unnatural than a previously attractive girl whose neck is now covered in tattoos! Nothing is more artificial than a guy with gauged ears! Isn't this inconsistent?
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Well from my understanding about my generation the whole natural kick is about two things: not killing the planet as fast as we currently are, and not being sick/fat. They don't really care about doing things naturally. If they did they'd ditch their clothes, leave their air conditioned homes, and live under some trees picking fruit and digging for tubers. It's really just a blanket term used to describe making a shift away from industrialized culture to a culture slightly more biologically conscious and integrated with the rest of the planet. It's really more about freedom. They don't want to be saddled with the expensive burden of a damaged environment and as a result are trying to force the current economy to start making changes now instead of throwing all the work into their generation. But at the same time they want to keep all the luxuries that came with the Industrial Age. Which includes it's social freedoms. The upsurge of tattooing and piercings are all about self expression rather than what tattoos use to symbolize ( affiliation with some lifestyle). So in a way my generations behavior is not contradictory at all the labels that are being used are just not very good at expressing what really concerns this generation. The number of "environmentally conscious" young adults I've seen who can't be persuaded to even visit a nature preserve is ridiculous. They don't care about nature they care about losing their comforts to global warming.0