TimatsVision on Technoccult wrote:
Recently someone sent me a link to the famous article written by Tom Wolfe, “The ‘Me’ Decade and the Third Awakening”. When it first came out it in the mid-seventies it caused quite a stir. So much so that it became the label for an entire group of young people growing up at that time. “The Me Decade” or “The Me Generation” went on to become the “Baby Boomers” new title. “See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.” Analyze me, listen to me, and talk to me, me…me!! After reading through the article, it occurred to me that Voltaire was right. “Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose”. The more that things change, the more they stay the same.
Some friends and I were talking over dinner when their 20 year old son commented on the attitude of some of his generation. He said that his peers are (and I quote) “very spoiled, selfish, and unrealistic about work and life in general. They tend to be self-indulgent, messy, and wait for others to take care of things. Some want a good paying job without having to be too inventive or work too hard for it, and many are foolish about handling money. Immediate self-gratification is expected and pursued. There is a tendency to blame others for things and many have to be rescued from their own lack of experience or incompetence.”
The youth of ANY generation has some of these qualities, so what’s different?
Much of the “Me Generation” were the product of hard working parents who grew up during the Great Depression, and who fought and lived through WWI and WWII. Scarcity was the norm, and family and community were of priority. The future rebels of the 60’s grew up hearing about war and the enormous struggle to make ends meet in the quest for the “American Dream”. The anti-war protests, civil rights movement, sexual liberation, and other movements of the 60’s and 70’s, were led by a youth whose idealism and vision led them to believe that united together they could “change the world”. In essence this was correct. Many things did change, and some issues we’re still fighting for today.
The idealism and self-exploration of the sixties eventually morphed into the self-indulgent, narcissism of the 70’s and 80’s. Out of the communal focus of free love and equal rights for everyone, a scream for individuality and uniqueness emerged. New religious movements and psychotherapy became common place, and intense self-examination and hedonism became acceptable and encouraged. The mottos “Do Your Own Thing”, and “Do What Thou Wilt” eventually morphed into disco glitter and glam, metal, punk and goth and “whatever turns you on”. “You create your own reality, baby. Go and get it!”
Read more. My comments coming later.