During the late 1960’s, the Baby Boomer generation essentially began its rise to power while preaching Freedom of expression and non-materialistic ‘peace and love’ for all of mankind. As this generation now begins to retire/accelerates its retirement from the workforce, to the next generation the Baby Boomers pass the reigns of a society which seems consistently to care only for profit and political power and a civilization which is teetering on the brink of worldwide fascism – and arguably more so than ever before. As such, will the majority of the Baby Boomer generation justifiably be known to history as consummate hypocrites? Obviously, some Baby Boomers seem to have been true to their youthful ideals as there has been an increase of charitable organizations and charitable contributions during the last fifty-plus years. Nevertheless, did the Baby Boomers – as a whole – help to solidify and compound the potentially self-centered inclinations of the world’s populace, did they make the world a better place, or did they have no significant effect either way on the current state of human nature?
In the end, will this generation be remembered for helping or hurting the peoples of the world? Of course, the entire legacy of the Baby Boomer generation has yet to be written, so ultimately, time will tell.
AVT (April, 2011)
PS. I speak/write here in generalities, of course.
PSS. The Baby Boomer generation is generally accepted as those who were born after World War II and prior to 1970 – more or less. The actual/exact birth-years of those who are classified as ‘Baby Boomers’ is dependent on whose book or definition is cited/referenced. Regardless, ‘Baby Boomers’ are generally considered to be those who are born between 1945 and 1968-ish.