There’s a post here all about the boomers,– how I loathe that term! It originated with the lying media back in the 50s-60s and it’s been turned into the ultimate word of derision or accusation.
This is nothing new under the sun; many young people go through the phase of feeling contempt towards their progenitors, especially Mom and Dad. There is the resentment that often leads to the adolescent idea that “the older generation has messed up the world, and left it for US to clean up and to repair the damage THEY did. “
This is a trope in a lot of older movies, where the young see themselves as wiser than their “ignorant” parents, and include only people of their age cohort. But it used to be that young people outgrew that phase, and moved on to become adults. Now, becoming an adult is considered undesirable for some: it requires taking a share of responsiblity, rather than carping about others’ failures
But on it goes. The ‘Victim’ age cohort seems to be escalating the situation. And very few of the targets of the scapegoating are willing to speak up and defend themselves and their generational peers. Sad. But all the better for the ‘boomer’-fixated group to go on slandering and accusing and fostering more divisions. How does this help us to deal with the existential threat?
Answer: it doesn’t.
It does just the opposite: it divides so that there is no cohesion, no loyalty or kinship-feeling, all of which would be essential, if we want to avoid being consigned to oblivion.
There could and should be a book written about this situation, looking at the rift between the generations. I have to say that I have never seen this kind or this level of animus between generations. Other divisons in our society are nowhere near as bitter.
Paul Gottlieb in a comment somewhere spoke critically of WASPs (another group that is blamed for the current evils of our society). That seems to be driven by envy; most people who carry grievances about WASPs are just as irrational in their animosity as those who say openly that they wish the older people would hurry up and die. And the worst is that almost no one objects to the open hostiity. I think the elder generations are even more passive than the Post-WWII Generation in reacting to these verbal assaults.
But lo and behold: some Post-WWII generation members are showing a healthy reaction to being verbally assailed — as anyone should.
Of course there is little evidence that the accusations and the blaming are founded in any truth, but like their lefty counterparts, the aggrieved younger people don’t need to examine any evidence or to learn just how the whole system, especially the media and the schools — took a wrecking ball to our society.
And a great many people had a part in that; not just one generation. The world has never worked like that, with one generation in total control. In fact even now people of the pre-Boomer generations, like the Silent Generation, still sit in Congress, though most are octogenarians.
What do the grievance brigade have to show for the years since they came of age? The extent of activism amongst the X-ers was peace marches, and ‘Live Aid’ where they raised money for Ethiopia. And as a group they made major stars of the likes of Madonna, Boy George, and Michael Jackson. And did anyone notice the signs of our society becoming so corrupt then? It was becoming obvious. More than obvious. But “boomers” somehow were responsbile, of course.
Popular culture is a mirror or an indicator of the state of our society, which means our folk. Or can we even say we are a real ‘people’ now? Feminists pushing their envy-based agenda, men who (maybe righfully) shun women in general. And now many of the young, or middle-aged, have disavowed their elders.
I expect the same people who have been pushing the fictional narrative about ”Boomers” will continue to curse the older generations (and wishing them dead is a curse) but it will do nothing to heal the ills of this world we live in. It’s a dead end. And resentment and envy of those who are accused of “having it too easy” — living in luxury, supposedly, living on the ”inheritance” of their children — It is just not so. It’s a fabrication, but it’s somehow been adopted by the young ‘right’ as the justification for hating their elders.
I don’t know how many of the daddy-haters profess to be Christian, but if so they need to educate themselves about how Christians are to behave towards their parents, grandparents, and all elders. Hating one’s elders cannot be reconciled with being a Christian.
It’s been said that the measure of how civilized a people might be is to consider how they treat the weakest members: children, and our elders. It seems the people of today’s America have been weighed in the scales and found wanting.