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Posted by SidneyCarton in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Aug 17th 2009, 03:12 PM
But they're all exercises in broad brush immaturity.

I was born in 1982, depending on how you divide up the generations (and there are more ways than I can count) I was either born at the exact end of Generation X or the beginning of Generation Y (The so-called "millennials") Contrary to the stereotypical characterization of a millennial as a spoiled child who never worked a day in their life, I've had a job since I was 16, and my parents have never paid my college tuition. This coming quarter I get to look forward to yet another year of working full-time, holding down 12 units and being the sole support for my wife and child. Such is life.

Now, could we all get off our bloody high-horses for a minute? Not all boomers were self-absorbed navel-gazing potheads who screwed up the world while they were screwing each other. Not all Gen X'ers were mopey, angst-ridden heroin-addicts who blamed the world for their problems, and not all Millennials are asocial, internet addicts, who have never worked a day in their life, and would lapse into catatonic shock if the ear-buds from their MP3 players were removed and their access to Facebook was denied for a 24 hour period.

Generational stereotypes are broad brush labels which we use to place individuals into boxes and dismiss them without attempting to understand them. They are excuses, allowing us to blame our parents, older brothers and sisters, children or grandchildren for our problems. Yes, we inherit our world from our forebears, problems and all. Yes, we pass our both our achievements and our crap down to our children, who will alternately thank and curse us for it. And they, just as we, will be right, and wrong at the same time.

The Boomers strove mightily to end segregation, establish women's rights, and end the Vietnam War too. The Gen X'ers helped create the information/internet driven world we live in today, and the millennials went overwhelmingly for Obama in the last election. Nothing is ever so simple as our preconceived notions would have us believe.
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