Generational rift, continued…

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.

Millennials favor reparations

A new study shows that the ‘millennial’ generation is most likely of all generational cohorts to favor slavery reparations for blacks.

However,

“Americans over age 69 say by an 80-12 margin that reparations should not be paid to those related to slaves. 

Baby boomers between ages 51-69 are similar, with a 79-17 per cent margin against reparations.

The numbers start changing when it comes to Generation Xers, with Americans between the ages of 35-50 breaking 73 per cent to 25 per cent against reparations.

The biggest shift comes with millennials, with a majority — 51 per cent — saying that reparations should be paid or they were unsure of whether reparations should be paid. 

Forty per cent of millennials were in favor of reparations and 11 per cent were unsure, compared with the 49 per cent of the millennials questioned who said reparations should not be paid to slave descendants.”

Not surprising to those of us who are familiar with millennials and their social and political views. This will, however, prove very disappointing to those (and they are legion) who blame the baby boomer generation (those born 1945-1960, roughly) for everything that is wrong with America and the West. But not to worry; they won’t let it deter them from continuing to blame the boomers. They should take heart; the boomers are on the way out; most are nearing their ‘threescore-and-ten’, or a little past that. Donald Trump himself is a boomer, lest some of us forget. He is seventy. But I am sure that boomers will continue to be blamed when they are six feet under.

Generational blaming aside, the discussions of this article online have elicited the usual dismal, depressing responses: blaming others (“the British crown introduced slavery to the colonies” or ”the Dutch brought the slaves here”) or the old excuse that ”I had no ancestors here before the Civil War”. And then there’s the shameful victimhood pleas: “my ancestors were enslaved by the Brits” or ‘The English starved my ancestors out of Ireland, where’s my reparations?” What’s the thinking behind those ‘arguments’? I’m a bigger victim than you? Where’s our self-respect?

The other thing that disturbs me about some of these all-too-common responses is the lack of solidarity amongst White people. So many want to claim personal innocence, shifting the blame by default to those whose ancestors were here before the War Between the States, or making the South assume all blame even though the North did have slavery. Another defense that I find repugnant is that of Northerners who brag that their Union Army ancestors ‘helped free the slaves, so do I get credit?’ or ‘My great-great-grandfather died fighting for the Union; I should get reparations.’ I realize many Northerners thought their role was the patriotic one, but the fact that they think half a million deaths were a reasonable price to pay to preserve some kind of coerced abstract Union is disturbing to me.  The fact that Northerners, most of whom had little personal experience of blacks, would kill their own ethnic/national kinsmen for the sake of ‘equality’ is incomprehensible to me.

And since that Northern viewpoint ‘won’ the war now we have generations who have been utterly mind-conditioned to put the interests of every other people ahead of those of their own kinsmen, their own flesh and blood.

I promise you, when the Boomers are gone, along with the last remnants of the ‘Silent Generation’, this country will, by their absence, move even farther to the Left than it already is. Especially with tens of millions of Others being seeded and planted in what was our Fathers’ country.