Baby Boomers were born b/t 1946 and 1964. The Vietnam War and Environmental Movement played a great role in shaping our ideas, many of which seem to have been strict moral codes that we imposed upon ourselves. I realize that I still live by many of my beliefs of that era. I would never, COULD never buy an SUV because of the environmental impact. Few of my friends have more than 2 children since we believed it was irresponsible to over-populate the planet. Many of us are liberal in our politics,peace activists,social justice proponents. What are the moral codes you carry w you from that time?
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Love that phrase "Can't we all just get along?"It's perfectly worded and does something when you hear it. A young friend gave me a scarf recently with a peace symbol. I use it as a dresser scarf. That is the 1 symbol has really lasted thru the yrs
I once belonged to League of Women Voters and our discussion of landfills was very depressing. That group was/is so active in some really "un-romantic" issues that need addressing. Glad you brought up landfills, Diana!
Craan, that must be cute! I still do the jean thing of the era - triangle headscarf, jean shirt. I love the scarves and long skirts and colors! Thanks so much
If you kept your ears open at the demonstrations, you'd hear/see the same people cheering for peace& love as were cheering for the violent /gun-toting tactics of the subversive. It was definitely easy to persuade w/ crowd mentality.
Cat on a Soapbox...lovely code
ah, the true environmentalist!
Good answer! Unless one grew up w/ Depression Era parents like we Boomers did, it is hard to understand just how much we were taught to make use of everything and not be wasteful. People also shared and helped each other. I still live by that ethic.
I don't know if it's the Native in me or if it's baby boomer. Perhaps it's the stories my grandmother told. Maybe all of the above. But I truly believe "waste not, want not." Thanks Kat & Katy
Simondixie, I think turning out lights, etc., etc. are wonderful ways to express our knowledge that as Carl Sagan said, "We live on a tiny blue dot," in the universe. This is our only home for now. We need to think of those who come after us
I definitely agree that a mistrust of authority and government came from the 60s, and I too believe in more personal accountability/ self-sufficiency. It amazes me why voters keep saying yes to more programs and still higher taxes!
Thanks Barbara Kay. I think the portrayal of baby boomers as "free love" advocates was an unfounded stereotype. My mistrust for the government only applies to matters of war. Interesting. Cat on a Soapbox. Thanks so much. It was opposite for me.
Thanks Jada67. Values and morals once taught, really stick I guess.
Paradigm, thanks for your comment. That didn't happen in my group. They got the engineering jobs, but continued marching for causes and kept many of the virtues. Maybe it was the city we're were from or the water or something (tee hee)
That's good. Honest self-awareness is good too. I've got something bad to say about every generation. Eventually I'll get to the frontier people. Like I said too, you gotta look at the 70's to appreciate the Boomers, but they are also partly to blame
Oh interning the Japanese living in the U.S. and dropping a bomb on Japanese civilians was done by Baby Boomers? I never knew!
The Boomers certainly weren't part of the solution to things like that. Politics won out. Most of them went with the things that were fashionable at the time while they were and then said that they couldn't be bothered. Peace=effort and resolve.
Paradigm, some of my Baby Boomer friends were Peace Corp volunteers. You know that popular video a yrs ago, dancing down the wedding aisle? My friend's Peace Corp SON took that video - His parents are STILL fighting for social justice causes.
I believe you KWW. I just recognize that there are major issues left over from the times.
Yeah? Did it happen overnight?
No. It began w/ a shift toward progress education and the "self-esteem" movement. In trying to right our confidence issues and rigid style, kids were raised w/ less discipline, more creativity and a strong sense of self. It's a double-edged sword!
Don't know about that. Might be a little more complicated. We'll just say that perhaps some of the problems now are a result of other generations stopping short, phoning it in. What's anybody to do, right?
It's definitely more challenging w/ 2 income families. I sometimes want to shout, "who's the parent here?" when I see moms & dads kowtow to their kids. What happened to EARNING privileges?
That's true. Although generations now are dealing with horrendous economies where the compensation doesn't equal the time and effort. So the perception of value and earning remains slightly convoluted if not in a household, in society at large.
Actually new research on the "Millennials" and "First Globals" shows quite a different story than the concepts being portrayed here. They are focusing on world problems and are trying to solve them by themselves. Very encouraging and hopeful.