Open letter to the Baby Boomer generationSubmitted by RandySea on Sat, 03/31/2012 - 00:23
Preface: This is my first post here at dailypaul, so go easy on me. I'm a young, 23 year old, Ron Paul supporter with a thirst for knowledge about anything and everything. I love critical thinking and challenging the status quo through an intelligent debate. something that I'm glad most of you share in common with me. I may not be as articulate in my thoughts as I would like to be, but I know I am not perfect.
This isn't directed at anyone, and when I say 'you' I am referring to the demographic and not personally.
Forgive me if this is the wrong place to post something like this, please move to an appropriate location if appropriate, ty.
Dear Baby Boomer Generation,
What happened to your generation? What happened to that freedom and peace loving hippies that were marginalized back in the 60's and 70's?
Why have you began to accept complacency and apathy towards the system that has been such a failure in the last 100 years that you cannot seem to think any other way? I'm not trying to label you, the reader of this letter. I'm trying to point out the philosophical change that has happened in your generation.
Why was it so important in the 60's and 70's to be anti-establishment while you were young, but with age and time you are becoming the same resistant figure of change that you once fought so hard against?
Is it wrong for my generation to question the status quo? Why is it that when you were in our shoes, it was just and embraced, yet when my generation stands up and wants change we are labeled as 'hippy pot smokers' who only want weed legalized?
Have you became so disconnected with your youthful and optimistic spirits that you just accept it for what it is? Have you became so dependent on a failing system that you are afraid of anything that challenges the status-quo, because the result might be uncomfortable for a while?
When I see my generation being marginalized, it frankly pisses me off. I'm sorry, but it does. We may not have the wisdom that you have attained over the years, but we are no less intelligent in comprehending said wisdom.
When you marginalize my generation, it is because you do not see what we see. When you were are age, you did not have the freedom of information that we currently enjoy today. Anything and everything you wish to know can be found with the stroke of a keyboard.
Speaking for my generation, I realize just how important the internet and freedom of it is and how it has shaped the lives of every American since it came into maturity.
When we were born, we were instilled with curiosity. We always asked 'why' about everything. For the most part the answer was 'it just is the way it is'. Once you accept that, you fail yourself. If you deny the status quo, you can explore it for yourself and come to your own conclusion as an individual and realize that there is a reason behind everything.
What happened to your curiosity?
My generation was able to grasp the internet in its entirety. We can now answer those questions of 'why are things the way they are' with such ease that no other generation has had. We can share ideas, formulate questions, and communicate solutions to millions of people at the click of a button.
We grew up with this tool that can unite us all under the message of freedom, free speech, and freedom of information.
My generation doesn't want to overthrow yours violently as the news tries to tell you. We only want to be treated as the adults we are. My generation is increasingly outnumbering yours. Your rule of power will be gone with time.
My generation embraces Ron Paul for a reason. We have the knowledge at our hands, and have grown up educating ourselves which I believe has lead to a more critically thinking generation than ever before.
When you 'wake up' as we say, you cannot go back to sleep. It is impossible. We have done the research, we have thought for ourselves, we have became critical thinkers and realize we are getting the poo-end of the stick.
What has happened in the last 10-20 years? I see a once peace oriented America now sending my friends off to fight wars that are unconstitutional that only benefit the special interests and mega wealthy, while MY generation pays the price in blood.
What we fear is the blowback from such foreign engagements. When our children become our age we fear that they will be in the same situation as we are today with a world that hates America even more so than they already do.
Just as your fears of such a situation during Vietnam. Now its your grandchildren being sent to the new Vietnam's of the world. Look at what was achieved through peace and trading that was never accomplished by war.
So why is it the older generations have pushed aside mine? Mine has embraced change and freedom of information. We know what is at stake. We know that history repeats itself. Just as every empire that was, they collapse when the citizens become complacent in the status quo for too long.
You had your chance to change the future of your generation, now it is our chance. Please start treating us with some respect because we have more years ahead of us than you do. I'm not trying to come off brash by saying this but it is the truth.
The point of why I'm writing this isn't to blame or criticize, it is to ask questions and receive the intelligent wisdom of those that have seen this shift first hand. It is to get your input.
I ask because I fear for my generation making the same mistakes that every generation has made, and we desire the wisdom of how to avoid being, well, like your generation that just accepts everything the way it is.
You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.
So I return to my opening paragraph, What happened to those peace and freedom loving children you once were? Is it because you've became apathatic? If you have, then why are you not pissed that you don't care anymore?
Generation - whatever you have labeled us as.
|------- A follow up to the comments I have received ------|
Thank you all for your input thus far. I was stuck at a dead end in my intellectual growth on this subject that I could have gone no further without creating this topic. I weighed and measured how it would be received, and knew some would take it the wrong way. Like I said, it is hard for me to articulate my message as perfect as I would enjoy.
I'm sure a lot of people that are in my situation are feeling the same way as I described in my open letter. The reason I made it open was to ask for a discussion on these questions so others may learn.
I also enjoyed the constructive criticism. You were correct to inform me that being angry doesn't solve anything. I already knew this, but the criticism will help me formulate a more intellectual and clear message the next time I am in this situation. So again, thank you haters.
The pissed off tone was more for emotional affect, but I realize now that this is no way to address an audience of this intellect. For that I apologize for insulting your intelligence.
Feel free to keep adding to the discussion, your personal beliefs, good or bad. For now I can say that I see the bigger picture more clearly than before.