There is perhaps no more of a destructive and selfish generation than the Baby Boomer generation. Taking into account that what this means differs between experts, but for this article the Baby Boomers are going to be "Children Born to Service Members And Their Wives Whom Fought WW2, Or Were Fighting Age During WW2."
If you fought in, or were married to a service member during Vietnam, or served afterwards, then this is not for you. God bless you for your sacrifice...(see lyrics for CCR: Fortunate Son)
|The "Me" Generation, (boomers), and the "Me, Me, Me" Generation, (the Milennials), are portrayed in the press as "in conflict". The reality is, they are too alike to be friends.|
|Democrats believed, foolishly, that the Boomers were their voters, or counted them smaller than Milennials. They were wrong, on both counts.|
By the Summer of Love's graduation to the Summer of Hate, (1967-1968) the nation was rocked by both protests within, and a hugely expensive and pointless conflict in Vietnam. Meanwhile, the Baby Boomers at home deferred their perfunctory military service via the "Senator's Son" package of exonerations, affecting only the wealthy, or the very fortunate.
But they probably wouldn't have listened.
This is the first generation to place pointlessly dying young upon a pedestal, then do it, and to prefer this antiheroic climax...unless it was in Vietnam. But it isn't in the way F Scott Fitzgerald wrote, "In American lives, there are no second acts". He meant "one does what one has to."
The hippies meant that pleasure, and the search for it, should not be encumbered by the need to eat, for example
But these are only a few of the difficult to understand dichotomies which dot the hippy landscape...but you must know, they would not be the last...
Coming Of Age When You Are A IdiotThe Baby Boomer generation was the very first to both grow up in, be inspired by, and then make use of the film industry as a sort of means to spread the mythologies which its members felt about themselves....like in the 80's, when Phil Collins, a known Baby Boomer, declares, "...my generation will have to make it right", (Land of Confusion, 1985) this is typical even today in the Boomer autobiography.
In 1968, as the Summer of Love dawned something awful, tragic, yet predictable, and that impending darkness began to replace the drug-addled utopian hippy world in 1969, the Boomers were unwilling to realize that they had lost their way. Though it was released in 1968, the movie, "Psyche-Out"(1968, Dean Stockwell, Jack Nicholson) was an homage to themselves, one of many, and is a celebration of the society as they most wanted it to be...
Complete with the message that "Talent IS Automatically Rewarded", these types of films were like a new goldrush which filled the Bay Area with two types of people: those dumb enough to believe them, and those whom came to exploit those dumb enough to believe them.
I cannot help but to laugh uncontrollably whenever Psyche Out's bombastic messages appear, most hilarious of them all, the cut about 3/4 of the way through the run-time where pictures of Jesus are smash-cut into the figure of Jack Nicholson's hippy garb, and he says, "Who would listen to a long-haired freak wearing a robe?"
Classic Boomer grandeur. They make sure we get it, because they wanted us to understand! How free....how loving...
There are, in fact, very few realistic portrayals of the way life actually is, but this did nothing to prevent the Hollywood- borne mass-migration of the lowest class of people, to prey upon anybody whose incorrect egalitarian views demanded that they expose to them their vulnerabilities, and it is that egalitarianism which so horrifically jolted the Age Of Aquarius straight into Helter Skelter.
|Ira Einhorn, "The Unicorn Killer", killed Holly Maddux in 1977. As if he were tasked with further illustrating Boomer dichotomy because we may have forgotten...|
To this hour, Boomers can be caught hugging trees, building nuclear bombs, and believing that they halted Vietnam, freed women, and gave blacks the right to vote. And there are a host of Boomers whom are all of these things in one individual. And, along with the nearly forty years it has taken to show them how wrong they were, serious damage per their arrogance was accomplished. They gave us the AIDS epidemic, the destruction of culture, the opportunity for political subversives to influence our society until the Bill of Rights has required very vocal defense.
But, they, in their half-read Eastern philosophy textbooks have coined incorrect definitions of some of their most sacred ideals, and then polluted Hollywood works with their mistakes until the point where only the educated, and the people whose cultures were robbed, know what these words actually mean.