Sunday, June 03, 2012

Baby boomers

Here's a neat little pointed slice from the wife, commenting on Chris Dillow's observation that the roof of today are a bit tame and tedious... [Emphasis mine.]
If you [baby boomers in general, and Chris Dillow in particular] want angry, empowered youth, then don’t spend the first 25 years of their lives teaching them that the bland, unquestioning, isolating conformity which suits your desire to retain cultural and social dominance is for their own good.

Your methods of upbringing are what created today’s 23-year-olds who fret over whether they can afford to buy a house in Barnes. Your parental indulgence is why others of your children still live in your council house with three kids of their own, no spouse, and no job.

You didn’t teach them to see the value in standing up for their future because you didn’t want them to do that—because it might hurt yours. You’ve told them all of their lives that somebody else would sort out their problems, take their part, and make the world right for them; you’ve taught them that dependence has no cost and entitlements have no price and one’s desires are automatically others’ debts to pay—why should they not believe you now? You have no right to complain. You promised them the earth; they’re just waiting patiently for you to provide it for them.


Jay said...

Aw, man... I had planned to write a blog post about how the baby boomers have ruined everything. Oh, well, now I don't have to. Thanks, DK! :)

Anonymous said...

I was born in 1961, so I suppose I'm a BB.

However, my position on things were inherited from my parents. Work hard. Save hard. Make something of yourself.

Only now do I realise that I'd have been much better off doing none of the above.

Anonymous said...

The ROOF of today?

the a&e charge nurse said...

So are you saying that children should be raised as neo-thatcherites, or maybe spartans?

I prefer Penelope Leach

the a&e charge nurse said...

Almost forgot the 'tiger mother'.