A local real estate attorney explores questions about the future of the United States in a new book he has written.
Phill Bettis, also a contributing columnist and blogger for the Forsyth County News, recently published his first full-length book, titled “The Little Book of Annoying Questions: Understanding the Coming New American Revolution and an Unexpected Generation.”
Published by CrossBooks, a division of LifeWay, a Christian publishing house, the book is divided into 12 chapters, each of which asks a different question.
“There are questions all throughout the book,” Bettis said. “I want to ask a few questions that you’re going to have to think about.”
Bettis said the book focuses largely on generational differences between “millennials,” people born between 1980 and 2000, and older generations.
He said that while many older Americans can’t relate to millennials because of their belief systems, he believes there is a small subset of the generation that relates more strongly to older generations.
“I think there’s two sets of millennials,” Bettis said. “One is basically preserved, they have the old souls of their parents and grandparents. They know those good core values.”
The other, he said, has more “progressive” values.
“Then you have the group that grew up in what I call counter-culture homes … in the abuses of the 1970s, which were excess and self-fulfillment instead of looking more globally,” he said.
He said those beliefs have led to greater dependency on government over the past 30-40 years.
“Nobody knows the word ‘no’ anymore, and government has been the primary one that has said we can’t say ‘no’ to anyone and that’s where we get our current $110 trillion in [national] debt,” he said, although he noted that in the book he “didn’t poke at government too much.”
“It’s kind of the old saying, ‘We’ve seen the enemy and it’s us,’” he said. “We expect too much. Churches have delegated to the government things they should be doing and they’re lost their focus because they don’t have that mission heart to them. We’ve delegated personal responsibility and common sense [to the government].”
“The Little Book of Annoying Questions” also delves into divides among current social views, he said.
Bettis said he feels the country is currently divided in what he referred to as “a cold civil war.”
“We are so divided now,” he said. “We have a civil war going on that’s cold. We’re not firing shots … but we just seem to be more polarized.
“What we’re coming down to now is this choice … a battle [between] folks who seek liberty versus those that think government should protect them and serve them.
“I think [Ben] Franklin had a great quote: ‘Those who desire security over liberty shall have neither.’ And I think that’s really where we’re coming.”
Bettis said overall, he hopes readers will be inspired by the book.
“It really is a message of hope. It’s really a positive message that we do have people that show up when we need them,” he said. “We get so discouraged during these election cycles and swings and we’re troubled because we have … so many things that are going wrong, so it gets emotionally overwhelming and I think that’s where a lot of people are at.
“But, I’m saying, ‘No, there’s something good coming but you better buckle down for it.’”