Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Generational Generalizations

Is the Greatest Generation, so-called, that great? Are the Baby Boomers vapid jingoists intent on self-actualization through plastic surgery? Are the Xers the forgotten generation, smashed between the Gen Y and Boomer vice?

Well, I know quite a few of the Greatest Generation who ain't so great. And I know some spectacular Gen Y-ers. We should use caution when generalizing too much, I think.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

at last, some one else who will say that the greatest generation was not all great

LS said...

I think one thing people don’t consider is the influence of the *parents’* generation when generalizing. For example, since I am Gen X, people assume my parents are boomers, when actually they are pre-boomers (”Silent Generation/Depression Kids”). Being submersed in boomer culture for the last 40 years is great and all, but I’ve met quite a few Gen X who have more modest/less self-centered temperaments that they’ve inherited from their non-boomer parents.

--LS

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