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Baby-boomers: We Need Your Help!

Updated on March 8, 2020
White Pine, roughly one year old. Building the world.
White Pine, roughly one year old. Building the world. | Source

As a member of the Lost Generation (Gen. X), I have a message for Baby-boomers: “We need your help.” I know the generational divide is nothing new. It happens between all generations. Change comes with time, whether we like it, or not. Some embrace change and some resist it.

At this point, resisting change is highly detrimental. If we prolong the changes which need to be taken, we will have greater problems in the future. No, we cannot have patience anymore. We are running out of time.

Food shortages in Africa. Floods and fires in Australia. Wars all over the Middle East. Crime, corruption and despair all over Latin America. Divisions and distrust in Europe. Meanwhile in North America some people are still dreaming of bringing back the 1950s.

I am literally shaking my head. No. We are not going back. If that was possible, I am sure the Natives of the Americas would go back to the 1100s, when the Europeans did not invade their lands yet. Sigh … we focus on ourselves so much; even when our well-being means the desolation of other people’s lands and/or even the death of others.

Who cares if people drown in the Mediterranean Sea, as long as they do not cross into Europe? We cannot risk our European tribes to be diluted by people from other tribes. So, let them drown in the Sea. Or, let Latin Americans die in the dessert trying to cross into the United States. Why don’t they just die in their own country? We don’t need the mess here.

Another "sigh" … we have to learn that we are One people, on this One planet. Nobody is better and nobody is worse. The value of humans is not in their culture, or their skin colour. The value is Life itself.

So, to keep this short and to the point: Baby-boomers, please listen to Millennials and to Gen. Z. I am not talking about us, Gen X. because we are already known as “the lost generation”. We now have to work and salvage what remains from floods and ashes and build for the future on ideas of the younger ones. The world is theirs. And I know, we (Baby-boomers and Gen X.) are not going to die tomorrow but it is not us who have a life ahead of them. So, let us build on the dreams of the younger ones. Let’s help them. Let’s show support to them while letting go of some of our predated ideas. Holding on to an old image of the world ‘till our death-bed is not helpful. We will be in that case remembered as a pain in the You know where. Just let go of the past. Please. Thank You.

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    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      2 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

      What a lovely comment, Mrs. Sue. Thank You.

      May your Dreaming come true - cheers!

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      Sustainable Sue 

      3 weeks ago from Altadena CA, USA

      I'm a baby boomer. I did not lose my way. I lost my family. I didn't realize why life was feeling so hard—a daily slog—until I woke up one morning feeling deeply secure, safer, and happier than I had in a long time. I asked myself where that came from. Turns out I'd just been having a dream about trying to find a name for Bernie Sanders that would illustrate his role in my family. I was already a Bernie fan. This dream gave me real hope, which I hadn't had for awhile. He's an old hippy too, you know.

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      Mr. Happy 

      3 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

      It's like I heard a Native Elder say recently: "Take care of the Air. Take care of the Water. Take care of the Earth and they will all take care of You."

      I pray I am not just preaching to the choir.

      Thank You again for your comments, Mr. Eric.

      May Wakan Tanka always guide your path.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What a great response to our comments. And of course you are so correct. I am not inclined to boast of my stuff that I do. But on our issues of our Mother Earth I brag. I hope that shows others what can be done without any decrease and in fact increase in our quality of living the love provided by nature.

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      Mr. Happy 

      3 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You Mr. Erik! That's not only for passing-by and leaving some words of wisdom but also for living an exemplary life. The issue is that You and I, Mr. Bill, or Mr. Hansen (who all commented here) are not the vast majority of people. Or else, we would not have the amount of plastic in the oceans which we do. If everyone was as thoughtful as You, we would not have the polluted waters across this planet.

      So, I am doing my part, as You are but it is not enough. Everyone has to do their part, or else it's like me collecting cigarette butts of trails in the forest: I cannot keep up. I cannot clean-up all the cigarette buts which others throw. I smoke but I keep my buts either on the floor of the car, or my pocket. I wish everyone did the same.

      All the very best!

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I keep my home's foot print smaller than a newborn's. My children all do their part in not doing a part in issues harmful. Did you know that showering 5 times a week is bad for your skin. Why flush a toilet yellow, let it mellow, if brown flush it down. None of my family "commute" except my wife at 22 miles round trip. I have 20+ Native Americans on my friend list. My readers do not drive to church. I deliver the sermon. Our solar heating begins and ends with direct sunlight, no heavy metals, woolen sweaters and the like provide warmth. Our yard is fully, drought resistant. We grow much of our own food which keeps transport and nasty growers at bay. I sleep no less that ten days a year in dirt to remember mother earth. Entertainment is like dancing and bathing in rain and stargazing. Rain water does all outside watering even though we are a desert which is by choice so no heaters. Our cars are old so as not to need more of them.

      I took special time to teach my gen-X children, not only to preserve but to love.

      I wonder what my other Baby Boomer friends do. Well no I do not. They do like me or they are not friends. My air and water is cleaner than the air and water of my parents gens. We created lawsuits to stop matters of asbestos and free-on and Round up and we stopped wars and atomic testing. We were born in the fifties, we created more and better for earth since them. Children of today would not know conservation and environment concerns if not for baby boomers.

      Lighten up, do your part. Do not blame others for imperfection lest you blame yourself.

      Sorry to be harsh but you were first.

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      Mr. Happy 

      3 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

      In your case Mr. Hansen, You have a lot to teach it seems and many of us can learn from your experience. Thank You for doing "your bit". We certainly need more people such as yourself.

      All the very best!

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      Mr. Happy 

      3 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for your comment Mr. Bill.

      In university I was told that eventually I will grow-up and stop dreaming. Twenty years later, I'm still at it. Haha!! "All You need is love, baby." Haha!!

      Si puede. We can do it. I believe in You!

      Cheers!

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      I am a baby boomer, Mr Happy. Yes I agree we are all one race, the human race, and we should share this world. I know it seems that many countries do not seem welcoming to refugees and asylum seekers in present times, but I can remember when we had a "White Australia policy" and no Asians. for instance, were allowed to migrate here. Now Australia and Switzerland have the highest percentage of the population (one quarter) born outside of our countries.so things have improved in that respect. More has to be done to combat climate change (to reduce the ravages of fire and flood in future), racism, and inequality of wealth distribution and poverty, the futility of war, however.

      I have done my bit too, I studied permaculture and lived off the grid for almost ten years, recycling, reusing, and using stand-alone solar power, growing my own organic vegetables and raising chickens for meat and eggs. I even build my own composting toilet, and only used rainwater captured in tanks. Sometimes the younger generation act like they are the only ones who care about the planet and that isn't true.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      A powerful message!

      I'm a baby-boomer. We had such wonderful dreams in college. We were going to change the world. All you need is love, baby, and we will all live in peace and harmony and . ..

      And many lost their way! The chase for legal tender got in the way. Raising families got in the way. Becoming "responsible" got in the way. We were swallowed up by I don't know what and we never found our way back. Sigh!

      Baby steps back. It begins with each of us. Tiny acorns and all that.

      Blessings always

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