Six Sentences: Boomers, in this New Moment


Perhaps the young ones will succeed, not on guns alone but on a range of critical social justice issues. I do hope so.

Still, while some are implying this is, as to the span of recent generations, this is no zero-sum, no need to speak and write as if Boomers (and those cohorts between then and now) were/are failed for not having created enough lasting Good.

As to Boomers, we were spot-on as to Vietnam, wholly so on Civil Rights, raised up environmental justice, nuclear weapons and energy, and later (some of us earlier), most of us were clear on the centrality of LGBT citizens' equality under law to American Justice.

Yet, and despite what we then rightly sensed and now know of marijuana's benefits, far too many were foolishly wrong on drugs.

Batting .833's pretty fair and we're hardly done and pleased to work with young activists; I am, myself, hardly finished.

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on February 21, 2018 at 9:44pm

These kids need our continual and thoughtful partnership.

Comment by koshersalaami on February 21, 2018 at 10:35pm

Well, yes

Guns isn’t the end, it’s the start

Comment by Foolish Monkey on February 22, 2018 at 9:50am

these kids need to do as much as they can stand to get this done but most importantly, they need to get back to being kids, to going to school and finishing their education.  WE have to keep this going FOR them and with them until they can take the reins. 

Comment by Foolish Monkey on February 22, 2018 at 9:55am

we were admirable in the 60s and 70s and there were no examples to follow - nothing recent.  we were born at the end of the big war and grew up in the idealized 50s.  and we took it all on - ALL of it.  we got some of it right, some of it wrong but we tried.  and I am proud of what we accomplished and what we hoped for, which was a fair, decent world where we care about AND take care of one another, provide for one another and where we are equals.  we wanted to end a war.  we helped to do that.  our activism, like these kids today, inspired adults to rebellion, to follow their consciences.  

Comment by koshersalaami on February 22, 2018 at 11:01am

These kids will have a head start. We were one generation further removed from the previous generation like us. The previous generation like us was Franklin Roosevelt’s generation, and they were too far back in the sixties. We’re not. 

Comment by koshersalaami on February 22, 2018 at 11:03am

If I’m right about what’s happening on the Strauss and Howe model. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on February 22, 2018 at 11:47am

Thanks FM, Kosh!

Comment by Ron Powell on February 22, 2018 at 6:22pm

"Batting .833's pretty fair and we're hardly done and pleased to work with young activists; I am, myself, hardly finished."

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