My sympathies and good wishes to Lisa Jones. As a human being I am not perfect, but looking at your profile pic, I can't help but point out the poisons you conveyed on this blog. Generalizing us Millennials as "squeaky Kim Kardashians", using slander such as "douchebag", etc. As one who has taken Refuge with the Three Gems, I can only share my knowledge of the Dharma with you, and maintain that I, as a human being, remain far from Enlightenment. But don't your words and responses come off as complacent, ignorant, hostile, and shallow? Recall the Three Poisons: ignorance, hostility, and attachment. Through your strong, somewhat acidic comments, I detected ignorance and hostility. Now if the Lotus Master( think that's who it is) profile pic of yours carries any personal meaning for you.......I think I've said what needs to be said. But it would be nice to know exactly what WAS your motive for such a profile pic choice.
Now for the others, I presume, from the Boomer generation on this blog, I have something to add. Assuming Lisa is a Boomer, possibly explains her choice of profile pic, then it would make more logical sense that, that generations economic and political decisions reflect the Counterculture ideologies they were known for. Peace, civil liberty, anti poverty, and human rights were values I took from the history book chapters of the period( not to mention the Aggie bookstore sold those books for rock-bottom clearance prices, pun intended). Why have the generation dominated by Boomers been the decades we saw widening wealth gaps, more profound foreign military operations (aka wars), and a war on the working poor fueled by corporate greed and outsourcing?
Historically speaking, it seems more to me that Boomers utilized the ideologies of the Silent Generation and the oppressed to justify their unwillingness to go to war, or to adhere to the Greatest Generation's values of serving your country and working for it. We know that's what the Counterculture was all about: not wanting to go to war or do what Mom and dad did. The only difference was the Boomers still had a robust, unionized economy to return to once they "got it together". Education was tremendously cheaper. One summer working part time can pay for a year of college. In contrast, I noticed many of my friends who volunteered to go to Iraq and Afghanistan, joined ROTC, and the rest of us who did not engage in sexual debauchery or over experimentation of drugs. Working a year part time on multiple jobs can barely pay for one semester. Veterans get beaten by police for protesting poor civilian job prospects. Whether we find meaningful employment that pays the bills and feeds our bellies remains to be seen. In the end, both of our cohorts seemed raised with values and a sense of duty. The only difference is the former had something to fall back to, but we, the latter don't because it was slowly dismantled by the former over the course of three decades.
So I want to ask Boomers: why did you adopt progressive ideologies and mystic eastern traditions? Was it because you actually believed in those values or life was too good back then to assume any social responsibilities?
Hilary, I feel compelled to address your comment in an effort to cure your ignorance. Minimum wages have been lower back then, but so were living expenses. The minimum wage I worked for between semesters and jobs couldn't even cover monthly rent in a rough neighborhood. Hell, my first professional job could barely do that! What's more I listened to my coworkers who weren't lucky enough to get college education who have to work 2 part time jobs that occupy more than 14 hours of their day on sporatic schedules. A few decades ago, a high school drop out could work in a retail store and receive benefits and pensions. This is not the case anymore. Instead of judging an entire age group like most people do, try to put yourself in someone else' shoes. That's the problem with America these days that cause complacent policymakers to cut benefits for struggling people. FYI, I guess you can call me a "handy Millenial". I can do many things from domestic chores to fixing things. .....................your move......;)
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