Wild Words from Wild Women: “People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” – Rosa Parks, civil rights activist
I am reading A GENERATION OF SOCIOPATHS: HOW THE BABY BOOMERS BETRAYED AMERICA by Bruce Cannon Gibney. I’ve just begun it, having read only the Forward and Introduction. However, it all hits home and is already making me very tired. In essence, I’ve been fighting my own generation (1940-1964) all this time and the only real hope is that immigrants and Millennials step up and take control … soon. Perhaps the only recourse that we have is to work and resist locally as many cities and states are doing since Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Accord.
I hope that I can get to the point of being tired of giving in. I am finding it too easy to play it safe within the system (job security, retirement, status quo) and let others worry about changing things. At 55 years old and child free, I don’t have a lot of incentive to change things except my ethics. My generation, Boomers, broke the social contract and our current government is breaking the global contract. Too many people are like my boyfriend: If someone else (individuals or a group that he doesn’t identify with) sees improvement in their circumstances, that will ALWAYS have a negative impact on his situation. This bias for putting yourself first seems to have become “America First.”
Reciprocity might mean that we (the privileged) have to stagnate for a bit while “they” catch up … or at least make some progress. That doesn’t seem like something most Boomers are willing to acknowledge. Back in 2001, publication of The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World lifted my spirits and gave me hope for the future. Unfortunately, the societal changes that would seem to go with this new outlook never really materialized to scale. Individuals might make changes in their daily lives, but that didn’t seem to translate into the economic or political arenas. And it definitely didn’t translate around the globe. I hope we can all find the energy needed to change that.