Monday, July 27, 2009

Baby Boomer Legacy: Self-Indulgence

A Zogby poll this month gives the bad news about how baby boomers will be regarded by the future: self-indulgent consumers.
What will be the historic legacy of Baby Boomers?

Ushering in an era of consumerism and self-indulgence---42%
Helping to bring lasting change in social and cultural values and ending a war---27%
Nothing at all, nothing really special---11%
Not sure---13%

Baby Boomers are the generation born between 1946 and 1964. This is the generation brought up to show respect to others. Their parents taught them to address their elders as Mr. and Mrs. Their parents, rather than living it up, saved to send their Baby Boomer children to college. Not only that. Baby Boomer parents sacrificed on the battlefield or via stringent rationing and round the clock work shifts to save the world from Nazi and Japanese aggression in World War II. Baby Boomers were brought up by people who modeled a self-sacrifice that both cost them something significant and really did change the world for good.

In contrast, Baby Boomers may come to be seen as the most corrupt, self-indulgent generation in American history. They were given the world on a platter. Baby boomers were the best educated generation yet of Americans and were raised in a time of rampant economic growth. Though Baby Boomer elites who went to college saw themselves as championing political and social protest, drugs and free sex ended up tipping heavily towards material and personal self-indulgence. Even family was second to personal gratification. Baby Boomers have a divorce rate triple that of their parents.

Baby Boomers have ushered in and sustained the highest kill rate of any American generation–almost 50 million babies aborted since 1973. No other generation comes close to the blood spilled under the leadership of Baby Boomers.

The words of Abraham Lincoln echo:
The Almighty has His own purposes. "Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!" If we shall suppose that American Slavery is one of those offences which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South, this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offence came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a Living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope -- fervently do we pray -- that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said f[our] three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether"
[emphasis added]

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