Contempt? Please give me specific examples of "contempt" because I am utterly confused. The title of this post was "generational conflict between Y and Boomers....your thoughts" and seeing this I decided that, since I am a member of Generation Y, that I should give a more personalized account. I recall Howe (and I believe John may have written something on these boards relevant to this idea) saying that a part of Generational cycles has to do with trying to be what you perceive your parents lacking. The qualities I listed above, lack of realism, and imbalance of excess wealth, and a chaotic political environment-I was talking about the culture wars I grew up with while listening to my parents talk about politics and how awkward and discomforting this experience was for me-these are all traits I dislike.
I have no contempt however for Boomers, I feel quite frustrated at their inability to get anything done and the Xers' inability to step up. I've noticed a slight hostility for my generation however with books like "The Dumbest Generation" and specifically coming from Generation X. They seem to think that we're stupid, when in reality we're just different. There is a communication gap between all three of our generations. Boomers rebelled against their G.I. parents because of their cultural values, it was a culture war. Generation X also rebelled against their Boomer parents' values in a similar manner. These were two external culture wars because they are external and more extroverted generations (rather than people.) The communication gap is between Generation Y and Generation X/Boomers. The people who taught us in school did not understand how to help us absorb information properly and because of that we have a lot of Boomers complaining about the fact that "we didn't learn anything" and Generation Xers just passing us off as stupid. This has resulted in a large amount of confusion from my generation who grew up being called special and being celebrated. Now we're being degraded and maligned for something that we didn't do (what reliable statistical information backs up our lack of education and interest in arts/culture?-considering that Boomers depict the world from an idealistic and therefore extremely biased perspective) and something that wasn't even our fault (we did not develop our school curriculum.)
First of all, I do not hate Reagan and took history lessons from the Silent Generation and in high school early and late Generation X. (I went to a very small Catholic school and my history teacher all throughout middle school was from the silent generation. There were 3 teachers for each middle school grade and they all taught us up to 3 subjects each. My history and Math teacher was a Silent teacher, my English and religion were from a Boomer, and my Science was from an early Xer *note that the only classes I had with a Boomer was irrelevant to the development of my understanding of social studies.) In high school most of the teachers were from Generation X because, as I said, my parents were very late Boomers (born in 1957/58 ) and I was the youngest in my family. I also started school late, starting preschool at age 5 and so I spent a great deal of time with late boomers, early Xers, and Silents early and late. For some reason, I never spent much time interacting with mid Xers (the darker part of their generation) or mid Boomers (the completely idealistic) nor did I spend anytime with the G.I. Generation. In fact...I don't think I've ever met anyone from those above generations with the acceptation of an odd acquaintance here or there. It's odd that most of my teachers have been cuspers from almost every generation.
Anyway, I digress, I have no hate for Reagan and view him much more rationally than the Boomers do. I had no knowledge of Reagan at all, until I entered college and I never spoke to mid Boomers about Reagan. What I read surprised me, he did a lot of great things, or he had great intentions too. Take his meeting with Gorbachev where he had the intention of compromising all US nukes for Russia's. To me, this came off as "great" and I admire that about him...but I still see Ronald Reagan as someone who spoke to the Boomers idealist side. He never really "did" great things, he never fully accomplished them, he just made statements about doing great things. Also take Jimmy Carter, he stood for the original hippie values with his ecological stances, but what has really been done about this that wasn't addressed by the G.I. Generation? Then you have both Bush and Clinton, again representing ideals rather than actions. (The culture wars clearly began in the late 70s, early 80s and peaked with the election of Bush Jr) It's not that they haven't done good and bad things...mostly bad...but they were elected solely for the mass reaction to their ideals. The candidates elected by the G.I. Generation literally did things, whereas the candidates elected by the Boomer generation represented the idea of doing things.
You misunderstand my reaction, my sole frustration was from the OP trying to understand "our"-generation Y's-theoetical reaction to the Boomers. This is how we feel as a mass, I am not angry because I understand the objectivity of Generation Theory and that all Generational archetypes are necessary for human society. I feel no anger for any generation because of that.
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