This is a generation that is characterised by the 18 to 26 year olds in our society.
A Bozeman Chronicle, a daily paper in southwest Montana, has a column written today by Karin Ronnow. She calls them, through her daughter, the “wunderkind”. I am a “boomer” we were raized by the “great ones” who cut their teeth on a Great Depression and came of age during WWll when the world went insane and they brought the insane world back from the brink. the world was simpler and the US, like the teen country it was, seemed invincable.
Ronnow’s collumn is entitled, “Maybe this generation will change the world” …hopefully for the better.
The way I see it is that we baby boomers have a lot of immediacy right on oulates. There are the Bernie Madoffs of the world, huge and greedy banks, there is a totally disconnected Jeep ad where we ride a jeep as we care less about a world full of biodiversity that we drive over in our insane glee to meet a new horizon that we can charge down only to go up to the next horizon, as we hold our hands upward riding the jeep like a Six Flags roller coaster much to the chagrin of a highway patrol man.
Now to be fair there are almost no baby boomer parents that I know who would let their children or themselves drive irresponsably like the add promotes, and waste gas on a sand dune or dirt road.
But slow moving global warming is hitting our society on the nose and most baby boomer’s that I know are choosing to ignore it or just hang on to what is left of the life they were brought up to know from the very patient “great generation” folks who are now to old and frail to understand or care what is happening to a society they helped build.
I am not trying to sound callous about a great generation of persons who were great and came before us boomers.
I, as a parent, no “when to say when” (even Budweiser has some wize izms to add to the world we know). You do your best, then it is time to move on. I learned that as a late bloomer.
I have an “X” generation daughter who is somewhat rigid but hugely idealistic, I will bet we can learn a lot from those types. her actions prove that.
The milleniums are smart. They are the teens who talked back to us every chance they could. Five years ago they were hanging out at a mall or just getting their first job.
These are the folks who might save us the Boomers, what is left of the great generation, the gen “X”ers and so on.
There seems to be a rationalle for sending them to play on a team and learn the concept of a team. I awoke on the wrong side of the bed. Instead of having visions of sugar plums dancing in my head I saw visions of coastal desalinisation plants, huge meadows of wind turbines and a world where coyotes are amazing.Bears (an animal kind I am fascinated with) are long gone and the infamouse pigeon, or rock dove (a bird I have little respect for) rules the day.
Baby boomers who heard their parents talk about a great depression and a world war had never experianced a world run amok and have brought an insanity back into the world and are choosing not to deal with it. Afterall the great ones thought insanity was gone for good so they left us no tools to fight the earth’s insanity. We are on a new brink. ’The world has turned and while we the boomers are blinking while millenials put grease into their back muscles and turn the earth. They have no other choice and only desire to once again rid the earth of the insanity wrought upon it by the boomers and their ilk.
God I only hope something like that happens.