John Messeder

Messeder

“OK, Boomer.” The phrase is meant to express youthful disdain for us so-called Baby Boomers – we whose parents went off to war, then returned, victorious in battle, to create the boom of babies that resulted in humungous profits for the cookie-cutter housing industry, and a plethora of job opportunities for soldiers returning from war knowing how to follow direction and willing to trade a rifle for a hammer.

The phrase was recently written by a young college student who made the point that, unlike when we Boomers were young, there is no level playing field for the current generation of young people. We are, the student declared, “grumpy and old” while the youth of today are “walking around changing the status quo.”

John Messeder is an award-winning environmental columnist and social anthropologist, and lives in Gettysburg, PA. He may be contacted at john@johnmesseder.com.

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