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Criticizing my mom

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Yahoo news has a feature that suggests that aging baby boomers are having difficulty paying bills for ordinary things.  Although I’m not happy with the n listed in the survey (1002?), I’ll take the article at face value.  I’m becoming distressingly aware, however, that some of the blame for what’s not right in this country should fall squarely at the feet of that generation.  The keyword for that generation might be “disposable.”  If you were born between 1946 and 1964, the following two points (by way of example) can be made:

1.) You lived through an economic boom in the 1950’s, whereby suburbs became the norm, rather than the exception.

2.) You came of professional age during the “Me” 1980’s; cultivating an atmosphere of (to quote Michael Douglas) “Greed is good.”

To be sure, there are many things that the boomer generation accomplished for which I am exceedingly grateful; these just happen to be two of which I am not.  However, the mindset of unending oil and landfills, that this country is without parallel in its perfection, that consumption of goods at any cost is part of the American Way – these things are left to my generation (X), and to my progeny.  Whether we embrace them, or choose another path is our decision.  

What remains, though, is that we are charged with taking care of those who bore us.  We are stuck, as are generations before us, straddling the banks of future and the past.  I wonder if we will be able to cross before the flood waters rise.


Written by Jen Szymanski

May 13, 2008 at 2:30 pm