Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
I’m considered a “Boomer” because my birth date is before the arbitrary cut-off in 1964; but by the time I reached each new stage in life, the older Boomers already had been there and ravaged it, like locusts. I was about 5 years too late for everything, which makes me feel less like a Boomer and more like one of the next generation.
What’s it do to a nation when you believe your generation has no future, that the people before you squandered it?
I’m probably in the same boat as Joe. The arbitrary date cutoff is wrong, of course; “Baby Boomers” are the children of people who came home from the war and started having kids. As my parents were 9 and 5 on VJ day, that just wasn’t the case. And if I were a Baby Boomer, perhaps I’d remember more about the Beatles than hearing they’d broken up on the radio.
Anyway – what does it do for a nation, believing that the previous generation squandered your future? Good question. I’m looking at Millennials – say, at Evergreen State – and wondering if they’re going to squander my legacy.