With a growing attachment to technology, many studies have shown human empathy dropping to be around half of what it used to be. People are caring about things half as much as they used to. Instead of living in a world where people are empathetic, society is starting to turn into a lifeless heart, freezing to stone by the cold algorithms that seem to rule the world.
Joining Generations attempted to counter the cold isolationist zeitgeist of today with the warmth of baked cookies and genuine care for the elderly. By bringing a sweet treat and desire for conversation, both the youth and the elderly learned from each other and broke through some of their own frozen shield they had unconsciously adorned. They laid down their assumptions of each other and bonded- something that is not common in today’s mess of a society.
Many of the skeptics out there may be wondering what’s in a cookie and a conversation, but to that question I would like to raise the argument of what isn’t in it? The concept of time is thought about probably more than anything else: when will this happen, when should I do this, what time is the meeting, am I going to be late again? We all run on time. And because we all run on time, we all understand the value of each tick and tock on the clock. So when someone gives up their day to talk with you over cookies they brought instead of doing something more productive, you feel important. You feel special. This feeling of being significant can change someone’s outlook on life for the better, and with each cookie and snippet of conversation, the Joining Generation members are doing just that.