Re our discussions regarding the perilous state of the nations, etc. my overall feeling is that surely all must eventually come to a head, given that most all are dissatisfied by the current political parties, the state of the economies etc.
So I started by checking the definitions http://suite101.com/article/veterans-baby-boomers-gen-x-gen-y-and-gen-z-a185353
1. Baby boomers – those such as us – know that life can be better, but maybe it’s a little late for us ? BTW, I thought that the following pretty much hit the nail on the head: http://suite101.com/article/what-do-baby-boomers-want-and-need-a195846 e.g. most Boomers know when some Madison Avenue kid is trying to hustle them. And this wonderful description of my childhood:
What made Boomers this way? They grew up in a time with three TV stations and one TV per household. There were no movies on DVD. So Boomer children had to be creative.
- Boomers made up games with a tennis ball and some sticks.
- They ate Hostess Cupcakes but never got fat because they were always playing outside.
- They stayed out until it was too dark to see and their parents were never exactly sure where their Boomer children were.
- They snuck over to the lake and went swimming when their parents told them not to.
- Boomer kids had no cell phones, so they walked over to their friends’ houses to talk to them. Sometimes, kids didn’t even knock and just went into their friends’ houses, as if their neighbors’ houses were their own.
Can a Gen X or Gen Y ever understand people like this?
2. The article on Gen Y http://suite101.com/article/generation-y-a89376 explained quite a lot:
The colossal World Values Survey shows that only one-third of young people across Europe are interested in politics, and three-quarters said they did not think politics was important for their lives. Only a minority of young people were shown to have actually engaged in politics – 28 percent had signed a petition, 22 percent had attended a demonstration, and nine percent had joined boycotts. Only six percent belonged either to a political party, a trade union, an environmental organization, or a professional association.
In short, it appears as though the politician’s free ride will continue for the foreseeable future.
Depressing, ain’t it ?