Damien on… Baby Boomers
As 2012 (properly called “twenty-twelve” – not “two thousand and twelve”) slips into 2013, one inevitably reflects on where one is, in one’s life.
And being now sixty (jeez) one realises that one is now at the beginning of one’s Fourth Quarter, In This Place.
As stated elsewhere in these ramblings, the Quarters are…
0→20=growing up, 20→40=young adult, 40→60=middle-aged adult and 60→80=old fogey.
And as one of those old fogeys, I have learned everything I need to – experienced everything I want to – and achieved everything I am ever likely to.
Now of course, we are the first generation for whom the possibility of radical life-extension achieved through science rather than myth and superstition actually EXISTS.
But for the moment, all of that can only be speculation. So for the time being, let us assume that we, those Brave Baby Boomers – are all in our LAST Quarter of existence.
So as a Generation, what have we really accomplished?
We were gonna legalise pot. Well, the first stirrings of that ARE finally happening.
We were gonna eradicate racism, sexism, sexual orientationism (? – prejudice against gays) and all sorts of other -isms.
But all we managed to do was create mass confusion, thanks to what became known as Political Correctness.
And we have not managed to do much about ageism – which is unfortunate for US, since WE are now old.
Inevitably, two of our number managed to reach the Oval Office and Number Ten. Actually FOUR – but we will draw a VEIL over George Wan… sorry, WaLker Bush and James “Gordon” Brown.
Yes, Bill Clinton and Tony “Bambi” Blair occupied those hallowed offices for eight and ten years respectively. However, in all that time they achieved little of a positive nature.
Bill was caught dallying with a chubby intern and Bambi made a long series of BAD choices.
But at least most of us BBs have managed – to some degree – to master THIS medium. And so at least our voices can be heard – MOST places.
However, when it comes to all of the greed, stupidity and bullsh*t in the World – we have managed to do little to stem THAT.
And now a brand new year approaches – 2013. Even the SOUND of it seems like science fiction. Twenty-thirteen. But it is a fact – or will be in two days from now.
So have we BBs had our chance and BLOWN it? Or is there yet time to Make A Difference?
And I do not just mean whittering on in this medium...