Rooftop Revelations: Pastors discuss how nihilism is destroying a generation

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CHICAGO – In the Russian novel “Fathers and Sons,” Ivan Turgenev wrote, “A nihilist is a man who doesn’t acknowledge any authorities, who doesn’t accept a single principle on faith, no matter how much that principle may be surrounded by respect.” These words may have been written in the 19th century and in a far different culture, but they apply to the young Americans of today who eschew the meaningful path of developing themselves into somebodies for the path of instant gratification achieved through wanton violence. 

It was this nihilism that was on the mind of Pastor Corey Brooks when he woke up on the 38th day of his 100-day rooftop vigil to combat the rising violence on the South Side of Chicago. He was not alone; a fellow pastor named Gil Monrose had flown in from Brooklyn to spend the night on the same roof as a show of support. 

Brooks confided to Monrose that he woke up thinking, “All across this country, in all of these cities, we see an escalation of Black young men killing young Black men. Wherever you go, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Houston, New Orleans, Chicago, Brooklyn — there is

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