A Child of Generation X Speaks Out

My Message to Our Self-Righteous Elders:

In considering all the negativities that were placed upon my generation before I ever had the opportunity to draw my first breath, I feel a responsibility to point some fingers in return. Afterall, one good turn deserves another.

For starters, I would like to ask the question "HOW DARE YOU?" What kind of jerk places judgement on an unborn child?

Secondly, it has been said that Generation X puts more focus on money than the arts. Considering the evolution of any and all things artistic since we have reached the age of creation, it's not so hard to see error in that statement alone. Combined with the fact that we choose to think for ourselves rather than follow where you would have chosen to lead us, we are creating Our world. Your time of leadership is now OVER. Your ways do not work for us. Does this justify your preconceived negativities? By no means...

You are the Ones placing the negativities; You are the Ones who have led our world into the crises we are now encountering. WE are the Ones who have to clean up behind YOU, to bring Our world back from the ruins YOU have created so that Our children may live in a better world. Stop placing blame on unborn children and look into the mirror. YOU have created this mess.

A Response from a Member of the Baby Boom Generation:

In my quest to point fingers back at the older generations who perceived Generation X as a generation of pure evil with no morals, I failed to limit this rant to any one generation in particular or any generation as a whole. This Hub was intended for any one person who had this idea about our entire generation as a whole.

This Hub has, however, received a response from a member of the "Baby Boom" generation. Lisa HW's heartfelt response to my work has truly reshaped the way I perceive myself as a member of my own generation. With every new day comes new growth!

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Lisa HW 6 years ago from Massachusetts

I read your Hub and understand a lot of your points. Still, as a Baby Boomer, I think there's a whole, big, complicated set of circumstances that mean everyone from each generation doesn't think alike (and certainly doesn't always criticize the younger generation - or at least not blame it for any perceived flaws).

Any, your Hub made me think of something I wrote in November, 2008; and I was going to get it and post it as a Hub, sort of in response to your Hub, here. Instead, I ended up writing another whole bunch of thoughts to add to it. So now, I have a whole, big, Hub written in response to (but not in "rebuttal of", by any means) your Hub. I did mention you and this Hub (added a link to this Hub). If you prefer I not mention either let me know by commenting on the Hub "How the Baby Boom Generation Changed "Everything" in Society" (or else e.mailing me through my profile).


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VAMPGYRL420 6 years ago from The Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, U.S.A. Author

Thank you for your response, Lisa. I do realize we are all not the same in any generation and typically I do not like labeling. However, Gen X was labeled by the authors of the book "Generations" as being in the context with pure evil, as associated with the film "Rosemary's Baby." This Hub is basically my way of saying, "Okay, you said your peace now I'm going to say mine as a child of Generation X." Furthermore, if the children of Generation X were to fit that MO and considering the fact that there were 3,159,958 of "us" born in my birth year (1974) alone, I would have to say that Armageddon would have most likely occurred and none of us would be here to tell about it. I believe it is safe to say that you and I both know that the world needs anything but negativity right now. We should seek to find peace and to ensure a brighter future for the following generations.

My oldest children were born into Generation Y while my youngest were born into Generation Z. I do NOT want them to suffer like I have had to. I do not want them to make the same mistakes. I want them to find a comfortable medium in their lives, a balance of good old-fashioned family tradition and fresh, new ideas to better our world. This is what I seek to encourage in them, as well as the use of their beautiful little voices to say what's on their minds as my voice was suppressed the majority of my life. I wasn't on a mission to point my fingers at the "Baby Boomer" generation in general. The fact remains that my own grandmother still views us all as evil. She was born in 1933 so that would not put her in your generation, but the one directly before. I'm her oldest grandchild at 35 years of age...She still perceives me as a little girl and always tells me, "Be a good girl for Grandma." I don't view myself as being so bad as someone who might need to hear this on every occasion. She doesn't really know who I am or what I'm about having never taken the time to sit down and talk with me seriously, because in her mind I'm still a little girl...Cute? Maybe. Do I like that she apparently thinks of me as the spawn of Satan? Not by any means...

Anyway, I want to send you a very sincere, "Thank you," and a big hug to better your day :)

Love & Light,

Windy Grace


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justom 6 years ago from 41042

The Who said "I hope I die before I get old", but a lot of us didn't. I never understood that bullshit about calling each generation X Y Z or ? Let's just stop listening to all the things that drive us apart, It just perpetuates bad Karma. Peace!!


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VAMPGYRL420 6 years ago from The Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, U.S.A. Author

Very well spoken, Justom and I concur!!! :) It's nice to see that many people do not embrace the same ideas that William Strauss and Neil Howe did when they wrote their book "Generations." I do not like the labeling either, which is pretty much what inspired me to write this Hub. Simply put, do not point fingers lest they be pointed at you in turn. Sometimes it takes the mirroring approach to make people see their error. None of us need the bad karma, especially with the way things are right now. Thanks for reading and sharing :)

Love & Light,

Windy Grace


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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Ah the generation gap(s). Every generation has something to be thankful for and something they would rather forget. Unfortunately its the negatives which tend to have the most vocalisation. Labelling doesn't help either. Well written rant,Vampgyrl


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VAMPGYRL420 6 years ago from The Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, U.S.A. Author

Thank you, MPG ;) Labeling is not good...I think for the most part people cannot be labeled with just one word or phrase. I know I can't. I'm much too complex as I think we all are. Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting :)


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Great hub. I am twice your age and i certainly agree with your anger and frustration. I have always been liberal minded, free thinking, and think that those old farts that are running our government should be put out to pasture so that some young blood can start bringing in a little logic.

However, lately, i have been witnessing something that i also find extremely distasteful in the younger generation. They see to be the new "generation - hate". This bullshit of preaching the bible in all its erroneous ideas, and spreading hatred and bigotry is certainly not confined to the old farts like me. It sure scares the hell out of me to see these younger people so brainwashed that they do not know what is right and what is wrong anymore.

The old ways of thinking, as well as the old people who started this mess, both have to be laid to rest somewhere in the deep recesses of history once and for all.


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VAMPGYRL420 5 years ago from The Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, U.S.A. Author

Thank you, d.william :) I succeed at keeping my thoughts positive for the most part, but I do have the random rant.

Primarily raised by my great-grandparents, I do have a great respect for my elders and treasure the valuable knowledge they have bestowed upon me. My great-grandmother was born in 1899 and pop-pop in 1904 so I think it pretty amazing that they hung around for me :)

I have recently been witnessing the same within my peers...I find that many people fall to pieces in a crisis situation. In my mind, a crisis situation is a serious call to have your wits about you, stand at attention and power through it with strong will and determination.

I am not saying that I haven't fallen down myself. Some of my Hubs speak quite the contrary. However, I sat against a tree, got my bearings back and stood back up. If we can all just begin by realizing that we are always, always going to get back up, I think everyone can learn to do what it takes to make the world a better place. It takes determination and endurance.

Respect is a lost art. This is what bothers me most plus the issue that my mother's and my grandmother's generations judged me severely before I arrived on this planet. Even now, if I do something good, they will just ignore it like it didn't happen.

For instance, they always knew that I wanted to be a writer. No, they never encouraged it; but didn't verbally knock the idea either. My first front page article in the local newspaper was a big deal to me, especially sense it was number one in Google search for the area I primarily write about. Long story short, I never got so much as a hand clap, a hug and much less, acknowledgement.

I am the black sheep and the leader (eldest in my family) of Generation X. Even the sound of it sounds like generation nothing...And, that is exactly what they have always wished for me. I can't tell you why, but I know without a shadow of a doubt. They make it quite obvious.

My mother has, within the past two years, become Amish and disowned all of her children except the youngest of my sisters who had no choice but become Amish with her at the age of 12. This is the woman that had on her answering machine, "Smile, God loves you and so do I." How fake...My grandmother also expects everyone else to live by the bible and follow the golden rule while she does the exact opposite. I love her, but I don't like her.

Therefore, I totally agree with your statements about brainwashing. The only thing is if I had only my mother and grandmother to teach me, I would probably be just like them. Thankfully, my great-grandparents and elders in my neighborhood took me under their wings and wiped mom and grandma out of the water. The first time I said I would never be like my mother, I was thirteen years young...

I just want a nicer world for my children to live in. I want them to know respect and common courtesy. This place ran a lot smoother while those things were still intact. I feel like something has just come along and wiped everything familiar out...I think we need to reconsider keeping SOME of the old ways ;) We need to combine all the good things from the old ways and all the good things from the new ways, produce a nice mix and kill the bad things with all the good things...I'm I only dreaming? Maybe...

I hope you are very well, d.william. Thank you so very much for reading and commenting on my Hub. I have thoroughly enjoyed your comments and writing you back :)

Love & Light,

Windy Grace


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Thank you for answering my comments. It sounds to me like you have it pretty well 'altogether'. My hope for the younger generation is that they follow in YOUR path of hope and promise for the future.

There isn't much from the past that i would like to see preserved. When i was growing up in the 40's/50's/60's everything seemed so simply, in that, people were rebelling against the establishment for change, freedom, and equality. (I'm sure you've heard about us - the hippy generation). Here i find, 50 years later the next generation has learned nothing from their parents or the past. The people 'in charge' have taken civil liberties, justice and equality back into the last century. And i can not figure out why, except it is a backlash of the religious movement to destroy everything in its path. Those 'old ways' were no 'good ways' believe me.

Funny, you should talk about your experience with your family regarding your writing when you were a child. I started writing short stories, and poetry when i was just able to read and write. I always seemed to be way ahead of the times. My family treated me the same way. But they did actually tell me that this was a waste of time, and it was not a 'real job' and nobody cares about MY ideas. This put me down to the point that i stopped writing altogether until after i retired.

Now I just can't keep my mouth shut, or my opinions to myself. LOL

Good luck with your life, and live it for yourself. If you look around you, all those people who are trying to tell you how to live your live, can't even run their own. dw


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WiccanSage 2 years ago

I can't say I share your sentiments (even though I, too, am Gen X) but it led to an interesting hub and discussion to read. Thanks for your thoughts!


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VAMPGYRL420 2 years ago from The Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, U.S.A. Author

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, WiccanSage. Love, Light and the Brightest of Blessings to you!

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