reply to post by beezzer
Actually, I was refering to the younger generations. I'm a boomer. Born in the early 60's.
Thanks for clarifying. I was born a few years earlier.
One of the things we can state about the Gen Y's and the Millenials (now the 20- and 30-somethings) is that they are far, far more aware of the
world's ills than we were as kids, and far more connected to it. Bombarded from all sides.
There is talk of them being the "me" generations, and certainly "we" were not brought up in that manner. I am a parent of two young-20s, both of
which I nurtured and did my best to teach "critical thinking skills."
Additionally, the factor that we grew up during the "Cold War" is a major difference between the two generations...
today's professional and working adults (post-school) are coming up in war-times, and 9/11 itself occurred in their tender years, or adolescent
years....we had nothing like that to adjust to as youth. Kids are more savvy today, and have way, way more access to all manner of stimulus and
counter-culture or other-culture thought....the world must seem to them quite more wild than ours did to us (although we saw our elder siblings or the
sibs of our peers being traumatized and dealing with the aftermath of Vietnam. I have a vague memory of student protests and marches, flower children
and such....but was on the fringe and only marginally exposed to them, as the oldest child in my family...I was a New-Wave hippy, so to speak)....
we (the Boomers, or the Generation Joneses, as the later wave have been separated out) still believed in the pattern of each generation being able to
succeed a bit better than our parents, and their parents before them. Nowadays, that is not the case. I think it's been a big blow to our own
world-views (as middle-aged adults now) that we are NOT generally better off than our parents were; and see that our kids do NOT have the same
opportunities that we could count on (and now have lost, which I think has led to much middle-aged suicide, as those who invested in the game lost
our kids DO have the threats of World War, terrorism, financial crisis, HIV/AIDS (which was a non-prob back in the 80s...the wild times (
carefree decadence and indulgence. Those times seem so benign compared to now.
Sometimes now I hope my kids decide not to have kids of their own...though only a couple of years ago I fantasized about it with glee...
so. Are they poor decision-makers? Or are they just bewildered and feeling there's little point to trying? There's no question that one has to go
on simple, blind, old-fashioned "faith" that "everything will be okay"...when it's not at all clear that everything will
be okay. In
fact, quite the contrary.
It makes me sad.