July 28, 2020

How the Boomers screwed the West (Part 1)

The Baby Boom generation messed up, badly.  They've taken the promise of America, and The West in general, and wasted it.  Perhaps it wasn't entirely their fault - after all, they were raised by The Greatest Generation (the one that lived through the Great Depression and World War II) and they have to shoulder some of the responsibility for not raising their children to the level that was required by a sustainable society. Unfortunately, that degradation of parenting only worsened in subsequent generations.

The purpose of this series is not to lambaste Boomers but to learn from their mistakes in the hope that someone, or many someones, who sees this is inspired to improve things for future generations.

In the first part of this series we take a look at what created the baby boom generation.  My take from what I have read is that having suffered through two catastrophes of WWII and the Great Depression, and then being thrust into a boom era (particularly in America) where things were getting better and better economically at a rapid clip, they wanted to ensure that their children wanted for nothing.  It's a logical outcome - why would you want your children to suffer the same hardships you suffered?  You hear it so often, even in polling - do you think your children will be better off than you?  It's part of the psyche of the West - the zeitgeist if you will.  But what they seemingly failed to understand was that the struggle created the appreciation of the success.  Being handed everything leads to no personal will to strive, it leads instead to a selfish, entitled hedonistic belief system.   Not only were the Boomers self absorbed, they felt entitled to personal freedom but held little or no accompanying sense of personal responsibility.

The roots of those traits can be traced to their upbringing.

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