Back in the 1970s, "we were going to build an idealistic culture. We weren't going to be alone. We were going to leave the world a better place." And now? "The hope has been eroded." In other words, boomers used to be gloomy because the world needed change. Now, they're gloomy because change didn't work out quite as they'd hoped.Considering the reams of criticism directed by Boomers (and some post-Boomers) at "kids these days," I must admit a small bit of pleasure at reading the article, though it is ridiculous to dismiss an entire generation as "whiners." The Boomers are no more whiners than Gen Xers are slackers. Every generation has its conditions and formative experiences which color perceptions, but are not deterministic of attitude or outcomes.
Sigh. Those poor, tortured boomers, slouching around like our angsty brother who insists on being called "Holden." - The Washington Post
I, for one, want to thank the Baby Boomers for many things: Ending the war in Viet Nam, improvements in gender equality, environmentalism, and video games, to name a few. We're not going to win our way out of the mess The Executive will leave behind by slinging stones and arrows across generations, but rather by bringing all ages together to rebuild America.
And that's what we're going to do. So complain on, Boomers, just be sure you're knocking on doors, fighting for change while you do it!