Generations, generations. Preceding generations always have something to say about succedent generations. This has occurred since time immemorial. The younger generations often view the older generations as somewhat atavistic, status quo, and often mired in the old paradigm. Older generations view younger generations as totally idealistic, not connected to the real and gritty world, and have fanciful solutions to almost everything. What do you think about this premise, let's discuss and analyze!
I must be the perfect age, as I see good in both!
Seriously, there was a book years ago called "We Were Never Their Age."
I can't remember what it was about, but the title seems fitting for your topic.
It's important to recognize that our parents grew up in different times from us and our kids and grandkids inhabit a world that's different -- radically different from ours.
I am chuckling, though, at your word choices. I do think my son considers me somewhat atavistic and mired in the old paradigm. And that's aok with me! He's just doing his job individuating from me.
For all I know ,his seemingly naive, idealistic and fanciful solutions to the complex problems of today's world are right.
Or more likely, he will, as he matures, come to realize (as I did eventually) that sometimes the older generation really does have some valuable experience and insight.
That is true. However, compared with our parents, we are more modernistic and liberal in many ways. I know compared to my mother at my age(58 years, ouch), I am more forward thinking than my mother was. Even though she was modern in some aspects, in many aspects, she was quite old fashioned. She was a devout Roman Catholic who believed that many of the old ways were good. She seldom was involved in the newer ways of doing things and thought.
I, on the other hand, am totally New Age. I believe that there are possibilities and that things are ever changing. I believe that rules are mostly societal constructs while my mother believed that rules were meant to be followed and are somewhat etched in stone. My mother felt that when one reached one forties, he/she was not young any longer. I remember my mother stating that a 40 year old woman had no business wearing a mini skirt or bikini, she is TOO OLD. We got into a heated argument over that. I was 25 at the time. I believe that if one was in good shape and had one's looks, he/she can wear near #$%^#@ anything he/she wanted, no questions asked.
My father constantly criticized almost everything that the younger generation(my generation) was doing. He just could not fathom new and exciting things. Compared to many of my parents' generation, we Baby Boomers and older Generation X people are quite a groovy lot. Yes, there are some conservative diehards among us who cannot and/or will not understand the future generation and new things but they are in the minority, thank God!
I understand the younger generation. What they believe and are doing, I believed 30 years ago. What they are doing do not shock me in the least. When I was talking to a younger woman and discussed many of my ideas and she, hers, I stated that I was an older woman, the younger woman replied that I was not and I was so cool.
I totally agree with you, and our backgrounds are very similar.
I do wonder if members of the Greatest Generation (our parents) are the last of the "old guard."
They world they came of age in was in many ways hard and traumatic. Great Depression, WWII.
I wonder if the '60s were the real turning point.
So many radical changes occurred. So much opening of minds to new ways of living and being in society. Questioning authority, rules, etc.
That's our generation's paradigm. Be open to possibilities.
And since then so many other boundaries have been obliterated or at least blurred.
A woman of 40 can't wear a miniskirt or bikini? Lol.
Isn't 40 like the new 20 or something???
Open mindedness and flexibility keep us vibrant and young!
And groovy, too!
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