This weeks topic was suggested by me. It should come as no surprise that my inspiration for the topic came from here -
So the question becomes - have we baby boomers lived up to our promise? Have we made a difference?
One thing is clear to me - we have produced the best music of any generation before or after ours. We are the generation of the Beatles, Stones, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan - we are the rock and roll generation.
We are the generation that drove social change. Sadly, in doing so we insulted and demeaned those of our generation who fought in Viet Nam regardless whether we should have been there or not. Our soldiers did not deserve the shameful treatment from many boomers when they returned home. It is one of our greatest national shames and embarrassments IMHO and a driver of the uber patriotism so rampant these days. Can you say guilty conscience?
Social change. An assassinated president, his brother and Martin Luther King. There were rough times
Conspiracy theories galore. Area 51. Watergate. Nixon resigns. Kennedy wins an election with the assistance of voter fraud in Dailey controlled Chicago. It somehow all sounds familiar.
And did we inadvertently create the folks that have no idea what it is like to compete for something? That winning and losing matter? Did the participation awards we so strongly supported at the time cause more harm than good? In this crazy world we need to know how to win and lose. Sports were always one of the primary ways we passed that lesson along and did we effectively neuter that lesson?
Did we create the monster that is political correctness? Are we overly sensitive to everyone's feelings? Can nobody take a joke any more? We seem to have become an "off the record" society. Publicly we strive for political correctness. Privately, off the record, we say what we think - and in doing so created the conditions ripe for a reality TV star/real estate developer to become a nominee for the job of President. Never before has be careful what you wish for been a scarier proposition. And we deserve what we get - however that works out.
Now lest you think I am being only critical of my generation, please allow me to set the record straight. I am proud to be a baby boomer. We gave the world Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill and Hillary, Steven Spielberg, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Ted Cruz and more.
The technological changes alone that have baby boomer roots from the work of Gates and Jobs are mind boggling. In entertainment we helped create the great, all important question - Star Trek or Star Wars (Star Trek for me but I do enjoy Star Wars).
We gave the world the first African American President, we now offer the first female nominee for US President. We also gave the world Donald Trump. Fair and balanced - that's me. Ahem.
And now we are at the end of the line.
Boomers are circling the drain. The baton has been passed. We are leaving a world both better and worse than we inherited. The last couple of decades or so have created a significant imbalance in how wealth is distributed. The great American middle class that drives the world economy is taking a beating. The social contracts between the US and its people are being called entitlements.The likely last two boomer presidential aspirants are running.
That's a bit of talk about MY generation. Time to see what Ramana has to say - just click here.