Monday, July 25, 2016

Each Generation Has Their Own Mistakes to Make

This is going to be a contentious fall - politically.  I've mentioned this before, but my uncle was in politics.  He was a state senator.  I grew up listening to all kinds of arguing between family.  In light of that, I am making a choice - a choice NOT to partake in or even start any communication about the election.   I've already been scolded by my daughters.  "Mom, stop talking about this!"  So, I am.  

I love my siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, daughters and sons-in-law too much to argue with any of them.  Al and I have decided that when the topic of the election comes up - we are NOT going to partake in the dialog.  Nor, will we like or comment on any political posts.   We will keep those conversations between just us in the comfort of our own home.  It is overwhelming enough to just read it on facebook.  I've been scrolling past most of it.

Al and I were talking about all of this, what is going on in our country and world.  As he was talking, I said "stop, we can't change it, each generation has their own mistakes to make."  As I said it, it all became clear to us - yes, they do. 

Each generation has made their own mistakes.  Just think about that a minute.  As I see it, looking back now, these are some, in my opinion, that I think each made.  I am giving my own views here, so you may want to stop reading, that's fine with me.   

In the WW eras, the "Greatest and Silent Generations," they served their country and I am thankful for that.  However, with the advancements made socially while at war - when they returned it all went "back to normal."  Women and minorities were "put back in their place."   As I see it, just think how much unity would have come from moving forward instead of back - we might have saved some of the hardships felt from the civil rights movement.

The "Baby Boomers,"  I feel, treated the returning veterans from Vietnam terribly.   I'm sure no one wants to go to war, but by golly when they come home we all should support them.  If you want to get mad and spit at someone - aim it at the government and local leaders.  Not at those who "had" to go fight.  Also, for me, the women's lib movement wasn't the best movement for women - really it wasn't.  Think about it, women were expected to work outside the home and take care of all domestic duties.  If they were not equally yoked in marriage - it was way too easy to divorce.  This was the start of the high divorce rate we have in America.   

The "Generation X" - my generation.  We failed ourselves in the "war on drugs."  We all know now, that drugs are big business, both legally and illegally.  However, it was and is too easy to get them.  We now have such a high addiction rate to both prescription and illegal substances.  The drugs and selling has caused many to be incarcerated.  Drug abuse, incarcerated parents - it all breaks apart the family.  There is "no magic pill" to fix all of this now.   We have also been named "helicopter parents" - oh how so many hovered over their precious littles...doing everything for them...fighting their battles...creating some pretty helpless young adults.

This leads me to "Millennals and Generation Z" - their mistakes are yet to me made.  

As in all previous generations - the later live with their mistakes.  This is the circle of life I guess.  

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." 

"Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it."

Both of these quotes are from Edmund Burke - (1729-1797).  I'm not supporting all the things he may have done politically, mostly because I don't know them.  However, he has a few quotes I do like.  This one too:

"People must be taken as they are, and we should never try make them or ourselves better by quarreling with them."

That quote right there, pretty much sums up my blog post doesn't it.

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.

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