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November 14, 2011

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loose

Davey me boy....with you all the way.

Dave

So we add generational warfare to class warfare. To what purpose? We have massive problems to solve and the Tom Day point-of-view contributes nothing. Americans of all ages need to work together and a good start would be some civility.

loose

May simply mean, there is no such thing as a "generation".

Robb


When the "The Greatest Generation" fad came along, lead by famous Webster, South Dakota native Tom Brokaw, I thought, "Wow, this is a media-makeover that could make Madison Ave blush." The nostalgia for the generation just about to pass demonstrated to me that these old anchorman have an incredible ability to shift all of histories assumptions and perspectives. What about Robert Bly and his take on the aggressive, competitive, martini-drinking, un-father-like generation that killed itself with excessive smoking, drinking, and the massive heart-attacks that came to repo the entire generation? And then, all you need to look at is MadMen on AMC and see the ass-slapping, instant divorce, promiscuous, three-cocktail lunch, fast-living behavior that typified those soldiers who came home from WWII.

Yes, I grew up looking askance at the Greatest Generation and asking why they were screwing everything up from Vietnam, DDT, asbestos, to Watergate, General Westmorland and Robert McNamara lying to the American people about body-counts; agri-business contaminating our food delivery system and water and air with wild abandon; turning hand-made artisan food, beer, and cheese into mass produced by-products of anti-biotic mash-mills spewing junk food and preservatives bad for our bodies and health, not to mention all the ills you also speak of with Civil Rights, Women's rights, and priest as pedophiles. Where is the honor of the Greatest Generation? You can hold on to it if you choose to ignore all the bad things that came with that generation.

What I suspect is we give far too much credit or blame to "generations" as a trait of character and Brokaw is very guilty on this account. At the end of the day, there were and are great men and women in every generation. There were also failures and master manipulators. We chose to view all though a prism of our present day refraction's, disappointments, aspirations, misery, and let-downs. Generational monoliths defining human achievement are pretty much myths on which he hang our emotions.

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