We Are Not the Worst Generation in History!
Do you sometimes feel picked on?
While some people would argue that the question of who is the worst generation in history is an inquiry that can only result in a lot of heated arguments, or poorly defended insults against one another, this is still a question that seems to come up more and more often.
There’s been a lot of heated articles, especially between some Baby Boomer writers and Generation X or Millennial writers who are taking shots back at forth at each other, arguing over which one is the worst generation. (READ ONE OF THOSE ARTICLES HERE) and HERE
While these articles aren’t saying anyone is the worst generation,(some are) there are plenty of reasons why we are saying, that the Baby Boomers are not the worst generation ever.
The problem with any of these blame articles is they slant facts and tell half-truths. When you’re looking at the Baby Boomer generation it’s important to remember this is a generation that did achieve some pretty good stuff.
What Our So Called “Worst Generation” Achieved
– Advancement of women’s rights
– Advancement of Civil Rights
– Pushed higher education as a common path as more people went to college/university than ever before
– Created housing booms
– Population boom forced continued growth of economy and country from “Greatest Generation”
– Created the largest Middle Class in history
These are just a few of the things that happened during the Baby Boomers’ time as young people.
While the decades haven’t been perfect (and it’s a good time to point out there has never been a perfect decade at any time in all of human history), there is a lot of good that’s been done during the time where Baby Boomers came of age, and then took their turn at running things.
In many ways part of the problem is that the accomplishments of the Baby Boomers are very subtle compared to things like winning World War II or creating the Internet Age, but women becoming part of the work force and student bodies became a norm.
Men being able to have facial hair, as well as long hair, women being able to wear the clothes they want, and minorities winning the same rights as white people were all societal changes that happened under the Baby Boomer generation.
They might seem like common sense falling under “the way things should obviously be” but it took the courage of a generation to push those changes so they would become a norm accepted by every generation to follow!
Things I Remember
When I was growing up I remember the music more than anything. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richards to name but a few.
In my early 20’s as a woman, I was not allowed to buy anything on credit in a store. It had to be signed by a man. Men earned more than women and equal pay was not even thought of. In interviews for jobs we were asked if we were planning a family and it was a sure thing if we were we wouldn’t get the job. Discrimination against women was high in those days.
I wasn’t allowed to wear trousers to work and men had the senior jobs in many spheres.
A woman’s place was seen as “in the home” and thankfully our generation did change that. We changed a lot of things, like those mentioned above.
Every generation has made controversial decisions and ours is no different. At the moment, we are seen as a drain on society, purely because we are living longer, putting strains on the social security systems. I am not going to apologise for living longer, believe me.
Yes, we made many mistakes, governments did and we elected them. However, many generations have done the same. We can all learn lessons from the past and hindsight is a wonderful thing.
For now, I am enjoying living in the present and still work to this day, albeit in an at home business. I love working with people of all ages and generations and relate well to most people. My parents are in their mid 80’s and are a couple who have worked every day of their lives to provide my sisters and I a good home. I learned a great deal from them and still do.
Is there such a thing as a Worst Generation?
Many writers blame the baby boomer generation for quite a lot. I would just like to say, when I was living through it, I had no idea what history would make of us. It was something that never entered my head at the time.
Let me ask anyone younger reading this”- Are you thinking now of what future generations will say about you?
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