December 16, 2018, Prescott-
At this morning’s breakfast, a fellow Legionnaire voiced his occasional plaint about “the kids”: “I’m glad that I’m at the age I am now. I don’t think I want to see the world, after the younger generation has been in charge.”
Ho-hum! This man is a member of “The Silent Generation”, those born between 1935-48. Another member of that generation retorted that this is how it always has been- everyone dumps on the young. I concur with that last assessment, remembering the reaction of both the aforementioned age group, and the GI Generation who preceded, to the antics of us Baby Boomers.
I admit it- I was too crazy about girls to care about much else, before joining the Army and learning a goodly amount of discipline. Even then, lovely female faces and physiques had my near full attention, when I didn’t have a weapon in my hands, wasn’t in military formation or wasn’t focused on keeping accountable mail in a safe and secure channel of post. My work history, though, has been a quite fair record of achievement and at least I have maintained the work ethic my parents instilled in all of us.
Penny and I imparted that same work ethic in our son, a Millennial. He has hit his stride in the military and has never ignored his considerable responsibilities, especially in his late teens and twenties. I have a higher opinion of Millennials than even some later Gen-X’ers, those who were born in between our two generations. No one actually seems to like the generation that comes right after them. I had a cynical view of Generation X, until I actually worked with some of its members and saw that there is, in reality, no full-on generation of slackers. The world won’t let this happen, and few people like the results of slacking: Poverty, debt and an authoritarian regime.
From what I’ve seen, I am certain we will, as I’ve said before, be just fine-with all of the generations working together. Millennials and Generation Z will make it happen, just as we did.