Friday, February 14, 2014
A Generation Conceived in the 60's
I came across an article this morning that sort of hung around the back of mind most of the day. It didn't really inspire me much at first but as things progressed I kept coming back to it over and over again. Little nudges here and things noticed there kept bringing it back up in my mind.
It's just another sad story of yet another White Boy baby of the 60's who got clobbered by the crash of 08 and has yet to recover.
This guy doesn't qualify as a generation X'r he is a tail end baby boomer but the truth is I have long thought those generational markers should be set aside and a new one put in it's place.
Hence in my mind Generation Conceived in the 60's.... was born.
There are not many 60's children blogging I have noticed. Or more guessed really because 60's children, especially the men, have a very distinct attitude and most of them right now are in the same shape as, or not far removed from, the dire straights the guy in the article finds himself in. There are a few Bloggers out there I suspect that are 60's children, more women than men. Really if you want to see the opinions of the Male members of that decade's children you need to follow the III% blogs or the Manosphere sites. Most of the Men who were born in the 60's don't have time to blog these days, they are working menial low wage jobs. They are still unsure exactly what has been pounding on them so hard the last 30 years or so and wondering if the ones above them are ever going to retire.
White, American Men born in the 60's were the first generation of Men to confront the beast unleashed by those who came before them. They were the first to face racial and gender quotas that put them at a severe disadvantage. They were marked from the start as the ones who would actually pay the reparations their father's agreed to and suffer the slings and arrows all other groups were hoping to throw their way. Children of the 60's were halfway raised in one world and then thrown out into a far less sheltered one than any Male generation that came before them had to face.
They were the most educated group of American Men and the first generation of American Men who it has been said did not achieve the same levels as their fathers. Of course they didn't because they were marked to pay the price of their father's imagined guilt.
Certainly 60's children didn't have to come out and go right into some major war. They did have that going for them at first anyway. Of course the 60's children lived under that specter didn't they? Freezing their tails off in Germany or Korea at first wondering if the Cold war was going to go hot and then being cast aside when they weren't needed. Some were called back to go into the desert but most were left as a forgotten sacrifice on the altar of diversity.
Most of us, for yes I am a 60's child myself, came of age just in time to feel the true effects of the first Obummer Presidency named Carter. We watched over and over again as the Men we were suppose to look up to yammered incessantly about abstract political ideas and versions of utopia and unicorns with rainbows coming out their a$$. Yet these lofty goals never quite included us did they? In fact we slowly began to understand these concepts were to be built on a foundation made up of our shattered dreams.
We Men of the 60's were expected to uphold the social contracts that came before us but give up every advantage that came with those contracts. Not only that we were expected to remain silent why the older guys still enjoyed those perks we were never going to get.
No as the day went by I thought more and more about Mr. John Ruth and I began to feel more thankful as each minute passed that I at least have been lucky. Lucky enough to have made some right choices, lucky that I knew enough to repress my own ambition and be happy with a humble life of obscurity. Lucky that I figured out I was a target and planned accordingly by removing myself from the shooting gallery Mr. Ruth found himself in.
All I can say to Mr. Ruth is. Hang on and take heart Sir this ride isn't over yet.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!