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Here’s what often happens when people start discussing Baby Boomers, Gen-X and Gen-Y online: rash generalizations are freely flung, everyone gets offended and nothing remotely productive results from the generational melee.
These sorts of angry, accusatory generalizations reflect what I call the Generational Monster Id (GMI), the urge to list faults in generations other than our own.
I think the source of generational angst and anger is the threat that the entitlements promised by the developed-world governments will not be delivered as promised.
These entitlements range from healthcare to education to old-age pensions to “a good paying job now that I have a college degree.”
The bottom line is that the promises cannot and will not be kept. The promises were issued in an era of cheap, abundant fossil fuels and favorable demographics: the next generation was considerably larger and more productive (due to more education, longer working lives, etc.) than the previous generation it would support through old age with taxes.
Boomers, Xers, Ys, and Millennials: let's see if we can move beyond the finger-pointing and discuss this rationally. You know…like ADULTS.
originally posted by: Aliensun
I see nothing new in that supposedly new perspective. That on-going distinctions--but hardly a break--between generations is nothing new. It is everywhere within any human endeavor, schooling, science, military, government and every level of society.