After suffering through the horrors of war and the great depression, your parents sought nothing more for their children than peace and plenty. We
certainly cannot fault them for that. However, in valuing the material prosperity that so often eluded them in their time as well as believing in the
American exceptionalism that developed after most other westernized countries were decimated, they left their children with dated values.
You have raised us with a flawed ideology that values hard work with no regard as to what is actually produced or the consequences of its production.
You encourage divisive politics by pursuing political philosophies of which you neither fully comprehend nor recognize the inevitable outcomes. You
neglect the greater part of mankind and exalt the utility of man over his faculties of reason and the beauty of his art. Were you to posses a
meaningful philosophy that made an attempt at justifying these pursuits, they would be quickly excused. Unfortunately, as philosophy goes, I suspect
most boomers are more likely to mistake Spinoza for a flavor of ice cream and identify Voltaire as one of the Transformers rather than posses any
familiarity with their writings. You are a philosophically deficient generation who is happy to shell out $20 for a book on politics written by
entertainers posing as freedom fighters and advocates for the poor while the best works are free and collect dust.
Being a product of the Cronkite and Brokaw era, you have developed a dangerous expectation that quality information will be delivered to you. This is
a quaint notion and in the internet age an expectation that is laughable at first glance and pitiable after contemplation. Perhaps in your time the
media aspired to, and achieved, a certain level of journalistic integrity. This is not your time. Journalism is just not profitable anymore. Few
truly useful things are.
Believing in American exceptionalism and accepting shallow narratives concerning those opposed to us, you have allowed us to enter into wars of false
pretense, high cost, and highly doubtful efficacy. In so doing, we waste not just the life of our own men and women, but the soldiers and civilians
of our targets. So often we mourn and despair over the loss of American lives, and so we should, but neglect the loss of life we inflict on those we
engage. Your xenophobic disregard for the people of other nations is disappointing at best.
For the sake of brevity I will forgo our economy and environment, perhaps the worst offenses.
But all of this pales in comparison to the fact that the boomers have made possible the means by which we can criticize their flaws. Many of our
generation achieved a college education via the financial assistance of the boomers as well as the value they placed on education even if it may have
been targeted towards flawed goals. Still more are educated every day through the internet - a product of the boomers and an invention that history
may show rivaled or surpassed the advancements of the industrial age. We should be so fortunate to wear a badge of such worth when our time is
through and our children take to criticizing us for all our faults.
In the coming years I expect there to be much more friction between the boomers and Gen X / Millennials with harsh words being thrown both ways as
financial concerns exasperate generational divides. For my generation to criticize the boomers in regards to their lack of depth and foresight while
neglecting to appreciate the great contributions they have made to the world is a truly ungrateful act. I would liken it to an heir berating the
inheritance of a house because the roof is in need of repair.
So, on behalf of my generation (though likely without their consent), I would like to thank you for contributions to humanity the scope of which may
not fully be appreciated until after your time has passed. As demographics shift and the influence of my generation grows you will no doubt walk the
gauntlet of ungracious criticism that accompanies every transition. Comfort yourself in the realization that the hyperbolic lashing you will receive,
such as this one, have been made possible by the world you helped create.
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