My mother calls it “the black tax”. Because the generations who came before you have been pillaged, rather than being free to use your skills and education to move forward, you lose everything just trying to bring everyone behind you back up from zero. Trevor Noah
Meditation: What do young people of this generation do when they start being successful, but the generations before are expecting to be “saved” by them? When children start becoming their parent’s parent early in life, they are unable to attend to their own development. Each small success is being demanded to be shared with the generation before. Each earned money is seen as the former generation’s rightful earning. Guilt is the force that is being used and shame is the glue that holds this pattern together. How challenging it is emotionally and spiritually for the current generation to demand time to establish themselves first, before being able to share of their bounty. Education and skills are the riches that this generation has, and they should and need to be free to use them for themselves first, without guilt and without shame. The generations before are adults. They are responsible for themselves. They, too, can use their skills and get more education… And as the current generation advances and grows to be able to share when thriving, it will. But until then, let no “hidden emotional tax”, no guilt, no shame, no expectations hinder them from growing and from moving forward.
Prayer: God of bounty, You know the burden that inter-generational hidden “taxes” can become for the young generation trying to better themselves. You see how many are being made to feel guilty for being successful, and before truly thriving, they have to share or give away what they have gained and thus become depleted again and again. We pray for Your Spirit of differentiation and empowerment. Do not allow the shackles and patterns of former oppression to hinder our current generation’s freedom, health and growth. Amen
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 (NIV)