Swimming Upstream: “Are Baby Boomers At Fault For America’s Collapse?”

protestJohn Brokaw’s  book, The Greatest Generation, paid homage to my parents’ generation. These were the mothers and fathers who survived the Great Depression and fought WWII, ensuring the freedoms and comforts we have today.

Then, the Greatest Generation passed their torches to the next generation: the Baby Boomers.

Like me, the leading edge of the Boomers turned 21 years old in 1967, and then the same ones reached social security retirement age of 62 in 2008.

We Baby Boomers have been influenced by the Civil Rights Movement, John Kennedy, the Viet Nam War, Watergate, the Beatles, TV, technology, big homes, SUV’s and making piles of money.

So, if my parents’ generation is like Israel’s King Hezekiah, is my generation then like Hezekiah’s son, Manasseh? What do you think?

Swimming Upstream appears at this blog site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s  a little of this and a little of that, all written  to encourage and exhort believers in their Christian journeys.

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6 responses to “Swimming Upstream: “Are Baby Boomers At Fault For America’s Collapse?”

  1. Jumping into the Wayback Machine to the early ’60s when I would participate in debate after debate with Dad. Many times the conclusion would be or include the thought that “the pendulum swings.” The people who went through their formative years in the economic boom of the 20’s were riddled with guilt when the depression deprived them and their children of the high hopes they thought they had coming to them in the 20’s. The children who suffered through the 30’s, fought in WWII or were teens in WWII, declared their children would not suffer like they had to suffer in the depression and war time.

    Hence, we have the privileged baby boomers who grew up thinking what their parents sacrificed to give them were rights. The latter portion of that boom, my age group, 1948-1955 or so, were more privileged and pampered in prosperity than any previous generation on the planet back to Adam and Eve, and thumbed their collective noses at The Establishment. The hippies who should have been drowned at birth. I thought they were stupid then, and have not changed my mind.

    Why am I different?

    Because my parents were adults and struggling during the depression. They were in their 30’s during the war. They gave me a perspective from their growing up years during the 20’s, not the 40’s. Their suffering was as a responsible adult who saw things from a different point of view than those who were under 12 during the depression, those who felt deprived instead of sacrificial.

    My dad was 34 when he enlisted. He taught me his perspective that included 20+ more years of experience than my peers benefited from. Therefore, I saw The Establishment as valuable, and a teaching tool where my peers nationwide saw it as worthless.

    Those people are in office in Washington and I am ashamed to share the same time frame with them.

    Bottom line — answer to your question: Yes. By virtue of simple numbers, the boomer generation did it unto themselves and I am caught in their net.

    bummer

  2. jane,

    Great comment.

    It’s interesting to note that 2008 was the first year for Boomers to be eligible for social security benefits, and this is also the year when 401’s and IRA’s fell in the toilet.

    It’s also interesting to note that these Boomers when given a chance to choose a pro-life presidential duo or a pro-choice one, chose the one who they thought would help them economically. Now, their political choice is pushing government healthcare which may end up removing some senior citizens from the scene. Why? Because of economics.

    Do you believe this is a coincidence?

  3. Jane- as always, good points….
    Larry- always watchfully reading here….

  4. Wow, this is heavy stuff! I have to agree with you, Janebrock and Larry because I, too, am caught in the “baby boomers-hippies” net, thought I did not agree.

    In the summer of 2001, mere months before 9/11, I had the privilege of hearing and then talking with, a WWII Marine veteran who was at the battle of Iwo Jima. He told what it was like – how most of the men were teenagers – and it broke my heart.

    When I had an opportunity to talk to this man later, with tears in my eyes I apologized for the way my Baby Boomer generation rebelled against his generation and I asked his forgiveness.

    With tears in his eyes, he accepted and said he felt he needed to apologize for the way his generation neglected their families while trying to return to normal life and make a living. That made me feel like crying harder.

    I am so ashamed of the ingratitude, rebellion, disrespect, immorality, and lack of character in so many of the Baby Boomer generation. What a price our society is now paying. What a price our children and grandchildren will pay. Oh, God have mercy.

  5. To clarify, as in “follow up”, my comment, the evangelist’s job is to draw. Don’t fire him for moving on to the next tent meeting.

    The body of believers as individuals and as groups, are the caretakers who follow up. Are they supposed to get in the church van and knock on the door? No. They can gently invite the newborn to (drum roll please) the church, and plug them in to a supportive small group, but the primary source of food and drink for the new convert is the body. Where do you find groups? (drum roll please) Usually a gathering, usually in a building.

    Maybe instead of scrapping, we should cleanse and repair the existing system while simultaneously creating new hospitals for the soul closer to the souls.

  6. Jane I’m with you….

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