The Age Issue Pt. 3

Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif. Shown checking electrical assemblies (LOC)
Originally uploaded by The Library of Congress

This "1930's -40's in Color" flickr set from the Library of Congress is pretty awesome.

I watched a rerun of a show on PBS last night called "Boomer Century". It was really interesting, especially in the sense that it kind of did what you might expect a baby boomer to do - pat itself on the back. Does that make sense? So much of it was preaching how they've shaped history more than any other generation and continue to do so. Guess that's true, but it seemed a little lame coming from a guy wearing a t-shirt under a blazer and the "Born in the USA" transitions for each subject didn't help either. I found this quote from the end of the show:

"The baby boom generation will redefine aging—in terms of what it means to be 60, what it means to be 90—just as it has profoundly altered every other phase of the life cycle," said Dr. Dychtwald. "Where will boomers live? How long will we work? Who will pay for our retirement? What will we do with the new longevity that science and better living have promised us? What will our enduring legacy be?"

Seems pretty loaded. Who will pay for their retirement? Apparently not them. Science and better living? You mean viagra and plastic surgery?

I don't mean to be cynical - I was enjoying the show quite a bit until they started talking about how fabulous entering their 70's - 100's will be. Traveling, and falling in love, and getting their dream job and going back to school, all while living on social security? It does sound nice. Guess I'm just jealous.

What do I know. I'm generation Y. Or am I X? I feel more like an X-er I think.

Sorta related this net worth comparison by age an income tool is pretty cool.

1 comment:

  1. The other morning I woke up and I swear this is the first thought that popped into my head: Turning 30 means not having to have an opinion about Juno one way or the other.

    Also, I hate the baby-boomers.

    You're Generation Y. I don't understand your generation's strange sensibilites.