Saturday, August 15, 2009

Greatest Generation My Ass

Ok, I read the book, The Greatest Generation and I admit, I was taken in by the romatic good olde days, even if the good old days meant storming a machine gun bunker with nothing but a rifle and a hand full of grenades. That took balls the size of North Dakota. My hats off to anyone who has served in the military before or since. However, every day, since reading the book, I have doubted more and more that the moniker was merited. If the world had ended at the end of the Second World War, then fine. Give the men and women of the wartime generation medals galore. They earned them.

However, when I think about the legacy that they left and the progress that followed, their holy status gets knocked down a notch. Why? Because their kids were the worst generation. Hands down, there has been more destruction, depletion, waste, conspicuous consumption etc, from the boomer generation than any before and god help us, since. There is a black man in the white house now and that means progress. There are more millionaires than ever before and that means the opposite. How are the two linked? "To whom much is given, much will be required." I don't know where that is from, but I heard it a long time ago when reading about Rockefeller's son. The greatest generation spawned peace and prosperity upon the (this part of the world) and with it a whole generation of greedy bastards.

I'm not trying to point fingers, but it seems obvious to me that the greatest generation is the one that brings peace and compassion to the world not seen since the Native Americans ruled the Americas. I may be jumping the gun here, but trade in your SUV for a bycicle and a pair of walking shoes. Cancel your cable and take a life drawing class.

We are on a one way road to pain and sufferage. The bailed out banks are screwing everyone in sight and making record profits. Every person that is against healthcare reform is 50 and over and selfish as hell. Raising a family is more like running a gauntlet than enjoying life. We are all borrowing from our future and heavily in debt. Instead of paying a professional athelete tens of millions a year to play a sport, why don't we... You get the point and if you don't this blog won't change a thing.

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