After reading this story I couldn’t help but draw some distinctions between Europe in this situation and possibly how America will be in a few years. The conflict between generations. It raises good questions and brings to light the potential for conflict.
To the best of my knowledge there hasn’t really been a big, prolonged conflict between generations in America. I think this is because the generation with the most to lose in a conflict (boomers) have the population numbers to make things happen the way they want them too. But this will surely change in the future as younger generations start organizing and getting to the voting machines. I get the sense from people in my generation that they are fed up with how things are going, they just have to wait for sufficient numbers of us to be fed up to politic for change.
I’m pissed that during a normal baby boomers lifespan 50% of all the oil in the world will have been used up. And to what good? Yeah staggering amounts of wealth have been created (at least on paper) but so what? This has been at the expense of cultural ties that have vanished, family ties, family values not to mention the expense of all the wildlife that has been destroyed. Ugly suburban sprawl is around, malls on every corner, a pervasive shopping culture, toys, gadgets and what not everywhere. All these restaurants everywhere and for what? So people can cruise around in big inefficient vehicles and live in 4,000 sq ft houses with two people? All for a stupid lifestyle. A valuable resource with so many uses has been squandered for so many stupid reasons.
What about the coming destruction of the social entitlement programs? Everyone can see the train wreck coming but this generation is being so selfish that they refuse to make any changes to these programs preferring instead of foist the cost of their current lifestyle onto future generations. People like me and my kids and their kids. Gee, thanks Beav. That’s swell. Because they just have to go on cruises and travel the world and have cheap drugs with $3 co-pays my generation, and all who come after it, will have a bankrupt government and no social programs.
How about this pervasive self centered world we live in? What is the cause of this? I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people of the boomer generation tell me they voted down a tax increase to fund schools because it would raise taxes for them and they don’t have kids in school so who cares. Hello!!! What about the rest of us?? We can’t not increase funding for our schools for the 40 some years you’re alive and don’t have kids. What about your grand-kids? Why don’t you suck it up and take one for the team? My generation is certainly going to be taking plenty of it to clean up all the crap you’ve screwed up.
Someday the pendulum will swing. I hope when the time comes for my generation to assume the throne we remember how we were treated and make smart choices for all citizens, not just a specific subset.