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Originally posted by Dreammaker
reply to post by Donnie Darko
This is the most intelligent post I have ever read on this or any other forum. We spend most of our time whining about the condition of our lives and our world, yet we do very little to change anything about it. I'm elated to see that I'm not the only person that is tired of this trend.
Originally posted by silent thunder
The protests of the 1960s against the Vietnam war were largely due to the DRAFT. Kids faced the very real possibility of being DRAFTED into the military, so they took action to protest the war. It was not that they were more idealistic, ultimately, although they clothed themselves in the mantle and rhetoric of idealism: their protests were self-interested in the sense that most people didn't want to go half way around the world and die. If there had been no draft, the protests would certainly have been much smaller and more like today's rather lackluster protests.
The government learned that lesson well; they went to an all-volunteer military and have not reinstated the draft since Vietnam. No draft, no mass protests. Lesson learned.
The 60s generation's image has also been tarnished because most people were unable to live up to the high ideals (spiritual, political, moral, aesthetic, etc) and goals they set for themselves. For a few brief years it seemed like a new consciousness would be born. Then people got burned out from too much partying, went to law school, and became the yuppies of the 80s (white-collar version of the story) or settled down and worked at the same factory as dad until it got closed due to competition from East Asian imports (blue collar version of the story).