This weeks topic addresses an age-old issue - the future. Every generation reaches an age when the baton must be passed - it is the natural order. Even for we Baby Boomers - time marches on. Soon the mantle will pass.
So what does the future hold? That will be up to the Millennials. The generation raised on social media, video games, and the like. The so-called me generation, perhaps the least civic-minded generation ever. As Globalization grabs a firmer grip on society, are these the people who can steer the ship? What will happen when 21st Century society collides with laws and regulations from the distant and not so distant past?
Have we just witnessed the first collision of those sensibilities with the recent BREXIT referendum? BREXIT passed largely on the strength of older voters - the younger generations were largely against leaving the EU. Was this the last gasp of the older generation that was there during WWII and simply refused to stand for the loss of sovereignty EU membership entailed?
Change is inevitable. Too much change in to short a period of time can be devastating. There was a great book I read in college by the recently decease author Alvin Toffler that addressed just that - the impact of rapid change on society.
Per Wikipedia, Toffler argued that society is undergoing an enormous structural change, a revolution from an industrial society to a super-industrial society. This change overwhelms people. He believed the accelerated rate of
technological and social change left people disconnected and suffering
from "shattering stress and disorientation"—future shocked. Toffler
stated that the majority of social problems are symptoms of future
Millennials are the best prepared generation to deal with the rapidly changing world economy. But as the so-called me-generation are they civic-minded enough to do what is best for everybody? Are they correct when some Millennials suggest Baby Boomers benefited from decades of prosperity before wrecking
the global economy? Was our legacy to the young a world of inequality,
unemployment and housing shortages? Is the BREXIT referendum the latest act of foolishness by aging boomers? Did
the older generation vote to strip the young of a cherished
European identity because they feared globalization?
I suspect it is all partly true but I think the Millennials will sort it out. They are certainly better qualified to do so then we old folks. It is time we enjoy our retirement and let the kids take the wheel.
For Ramana's take on the subject click here