What is it, exactly, about Baby Boomers and change? Why can’t they handle it?
Having lived through more change than any previous generation, having had change be a part of their daily life – from no intercontinental air transport to hundreds of flights daily, from B&W to color TV, from dial phones to touchtone to cells, from TV and movies to CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs, change has been a constant of Boomers’ lives.
But ask a Boomer to accept change? To embrace it? To look for it? What do you get? Hysteria.
Look – my dad moved to California in 1923. I was born in 1954. We used to have weather here. Until WW2 we had lots of weather. Even after it we had weather occasionally. My dad has pictures of snow on our hill in SoCal until noon one day in 1949. When I was a kid we spent many evenings in my folks’ bed eating banana bread and watching the lightning play across the San Gabriel Mountains. Doesn’t happen too much anymore. Guess what? Climate changes.
But some guy who flunked Divinity School (but invented the internet) sees a change in the weather and – hysteria!
In the 1960s Bill Cosby had a comedy routine about Seattle, “It rains at least 365 days a year. When the sun comes out the people look up in the sky and say, ‘What did we DO?’”
That kinda gives you the reaction of Baby Boom to Anthropogenic Global Warming – which, OBTW, doesn’t exist – the planet has been getting cooler since 1998.
Should we still have 1960-style welfare that destroyed the inner city family? Or should we change it? A Republican Congress forced Clinton to change it – but oh, what a howl went up from the Boomer Libs.
Should we accept the fact that no woman of child-bearing age in America has ever lacked access to legal abortion? Or should we change it? Talk about noise!
Can we understand that unionized teachers have destroyed education in America – and change it? Probably not.
Can we accept that the global economy has changed and that America may not be the best place for heavy manufacturing – and change? Doubt it.
Can we understand that unions are the problem for manufacturing and jobs – and not the solution? Can we handle that change? Nope.
Can we understand that bringing the rest of the world along with us on our rise to wealth may require some changes to policies in America, policies related to protectionism and not taxes? One wouldn’t think so, regardless of the ink and faux-tears spilt on the poor of the world by the Chattering Classes in America – while concurrently working to stifle free trade.
The problem is this: Boomers can’t accept change. And until they get off the stage – by dying – it will be hard for America really to embrace the future.
Stuff changes – – all the time. Boomers need to accept it and lead, follow, or get out of the way. All they have been doing since they came of age in the 1960s is whining and getting in the way.
No one likes whiners.