From the Love Generation to the "HATE" Generation
What's with the Hatefulness?
The Love Generation
It is worth mentioning that the era of the "Love Generation" from the late 1960s to the collapse of it with the Altamont Rock Festival was likely the last time American society would be unified.
Consider: One August weekend in 1969, Woodstock drew a crowd of over 350,000 young people for a weekend festival of music. There were no guns, no violence and no battles. That would come later at the Altamont Rock Festival on December 6, 1969. 300,000 supposed counter-culture music lovers converged on the Altamont Speedway in northern California and the first death ended the festival. Few knew then that the Love Generation was about to change.
One thing that sets the Love Generation apart from today's Hate Generation is the issues the Love Generation considered important and worth protesting and fighting for: an end to the Viet Nam War, Civil Rights and Women's Rights. This is a far cry from the Hate Generation's fight to own more guns than the military, National Guards or police. It's a far cry from the violent anger and demands that First Amendment Rights can be irresponsibly abused by flooding media and the public with hate speech.
Where the Love Generation fought for equality on all levels, the Hate Generation fights for inequality among women, minorities and immigrants. Where the Love Generation were Peaceniks who despised war, the Hate Generation prides itself on instigating and inciting violence, rage and indiscriminate waging of war domestically and internationally.
The Love Generation revolved around a kind of unusual comraderie and love of nature and humanity. So, living together in communes, fighting to keep air, water and soil from becoming polluted and saving Mother Earth were all big priorities in the minds of the Love Generation.
It may seem odd that all of these issues today are derided, debased and disregarded by the Hate Generation. Yet, the Love Generation had one thing that linked all Love Children together: the ability to form a united front to work together for a better world.
When did these ideals become distorted? Some blame the Love Generation for growing older and disbanding their idealisms of youth. That isn't really a fair assessment since every generation adopts its own benchmark of criteria under which they either lead or follow their peers.
Today, the early Love Generation remain the activists they have always been. They still have the same clear vision of responsibility and civil right and wrong. They know that without unity among all Americans, there is the growing danger that the loudest malcontents could conceivably become the only voices that lead the country down the wrong path.
The Hate Generation
The Hate Generation describes the most disgruntled, dissatisfied, disassociated group in U.S. society today. We see and hear their words all around us and wonder just what it is they are so angry about. We wonder why they possess no sense of peace or the ability to cooperate with others. We marvel at their need to get attention that usually lasts no more than a few seconds. Most of all, Boomers today see a serious crumbling of all of the values that our ancestors, who created the model of democracy, desired us to continue.
Along with constant hatefulness and anger is the "I don't care" attitude. Then, you look at what the Hater Generation really does care about most: "Money." Today's employers complain chronically about younger employees who dare to text on work time. They also complain that today's employees rarely show up on Mondays and Fridays and then ask why they don't get a raise or promotion. Lack of solid work ethic is part and parcel of the Hate Generation's maudlin, morose angst.
However, the greatest danger to the future societies of America lies not just with individuals lacking in drive and ambition or who proselytize that they have a "new method" of working for a living, it is the loud, violent Hate Generation who arm themselves as if they are planning to turn public places into war zones. This, of course, gives them "more" rights to which they are NOT entitled.
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses
If ever the Hater Generation is remembered for anything, it has to be the dearth of excuses for nearly everything. Their stream of consciousness is predicated on the idea that "It's okay because..." That "because" is an excuse they can't really validate or justify. So when they come up with these lame excuses, the Love Generation hears, "I'm making an excuse because I want my own way in everything."
In any society, this kind of demand for self-indulgent, excessive individualism spawns chaos and eventually what we have in society today, violence. Picture two 2-year old children fighting over the same candy bar. Now, replace the 2-year olds with two fully grown adults fighting over a pair of expensive sneakers or the last red Beamer on the dealer's lot.
Every generation always wants to make life easier and better for their children. It can be said that daily living does have a huge effect on the way younger generations perceive how their adulthood "should" be.
Oddly, daycare for children was once looked upon as a last resort for parents of low income. Today? It's gone from daycare to nannies to expensive au pairs. Once parenting is handed off so easily to others, children's perceptions of parenting exceed those boundaries when they become parents. Or, should that be "parentless parenting?" Bad examples are bad examples no matter who the perpetrator is.
The Dangers of the Hate Generation
Perhaps, the constant belligerence, snarling, raging and unlimited excess combine to create a Generation "lost in hate." Hate for what, it appears, they have yet to precisely figure out. Some blame the president, others the government, others big business and still others, each other.
The dangers of the Hate Generation is best seen in their impatience to hurry their children's youth. Toddlers wear fishnet stockings, make up and lipstick to hurry them to grow up.
Their parents "hate" having to change diapers, be "stuck" with normal routines infants all require, hate being made to look like "parents' when they'd rather be able to post "selfies" of themselves as glammed up versions in Kardashian photo hog vernacular. It's one thing to want to look young, it's seemly when a 40 year old parent acts like their teenage daughter or son. Time to face aging gracefully.
If it's trendy, the Hate Generation is on it like white on rice. If it's angry, hateful or resentful, they are ready to get behind their aging angry leaders and join the Hate Fests.
What the Hate Generation doesn't seem to consider is how their constant hatefulness and examples thereof, will come back to haunt in the younger generations who are fed hate on a daily basis.
Is there a way to justify hate speech to a 5 year old child? Or, for that matter, your 15 year old? Is there a way to reduce the obscenity of mass murders at the hands of deranged individuals living among us? Do we dress our kids every day in bullet proof vests just so a gun crazy gang of paranoid, neurotic individuals can play Rambo in public places?
Hate is evil. Yet, the Hate Generation would have you believe there is no such thing as "evil." It's all in our heads. It's all part of some religious notion. Then, you remind them of Hilter, Jim Jones, Charles Manson, Timothy McVeigh, Adam Lanza and Charles Whitman and their response is immediate personal attack.
Whether there is open admittance or not, there is a huge connection between religious, big business and government leaders with the most power to make decisions: EGO. In nearly every case of mass murder, the murderer was an ego maniac, Lone Wolf who created hateful fantasies of power and grandeur.
When ego rules the Hate Generation, they find solace in power and control. When ego rules, there are no limits to evil. Hate always feeds upon more hate until the hate becomes a violent obsession.
Today's Hate Generation single out anyone who doesn't fit their template of "excellence." Yet, the joke is they don't fit into any template of excellence on any level, other than their ability to manufacture hate.
It is possible that the Hate Generation is suffering some abject form of misery. This would explain why they feel they must "convert" others to the same miserable, hateful state of mind. After all, "misery love company." No hateful person wants to be hateful all by themselves.
What's with the Hatefulness?
It would be amusing, if not downright obtuse that the Hate Generation has attempted to be ensured they are the last word. This, of course, flies in the face of sanity and reason.
So, let's do a Clockwork Orange psychological test. Take all of the most extreme haters, force them into a chamber where they are fed hate on a constant basis until they are sickened by it. Do this before their hate becomes like the brainwashing used in the "Manchurian Candidate" and the rest of sane society becomes babbling, hateful extremists.
As American society moves into a new phase of government, we can only hope the days of the rabble rousing hatefulness is replaced by what the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution states:
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the General Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constition of the United States of America.
There you have it. The intent of the U.S. Constitution: to form a more perfect "union." When the Hate Generation divides, the rest of us must unite. When the Hate Generation rewrites history or reinvents the intent of the Constitution, it is our right and obligation to restore these.
In the words of President Theodore Roosevelt regarding Justice, "Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong. But, in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong."
It isn't possible to establish Justice in a culture of hate and prejudice. Justice is the rock upon which an orderly society functions based on fair and equitable laws.
Hate will never insure domestic Tranquility. It will only promote Civil disobedience, Civil unrest and lead to Civil War.
Hate never promotes the General Welfare because hate is decidely self-centered, self-important and self-aggrandizing.
Hate cannot secure the blessings of Liberty so long as it remains in the domain of hateful individuals who thus pass their hate on to their "posterity.'