We're just a few more days before we end this A-Z journey on one of my favorite topics - the baby boomers/ the baby-boom years. My hope was we could find some mutual UNDERSTANDING - how we were raised, what social and political events, we may have overheard, watched on TV, or experienced first hand. Are the younger generations any better?
Why are we disliked?
"Young and Old Are Facing Off for Jobs" declares a headline in the New York Times. "Will Surge of Older Workers Take Jobs From Young?" the Associated Press asks. The wonkish National Journal presents "The Case Against Parasitic Baby Boomers." Staunchly libertarian Reason magazine screams in an online article, "Hey, kids, wake up! … Old people are doing everything possible to rob you of your money, your future, your dignity, and your freedom." From the AARP article: Generation War
The article states Baby-boomers are selfish. This has to do with the social security situation right now. Yeah, it's a mess and most of your baby-boomer parents feel for our Gen Xers and Millennial children. When enacted, in 1935, the average lifespan was 62 years. How is the fact we are living longer selfish? We are a very large demographic group. The Pew research group is now saying, Millennials have now taken number one, as the largest group in history. However, that wouldn't be totally accurate. Our generation was just that - a BABY BOOM. Millennials in the US are adding more immigration numbers to its group than any other, the Millennial population is projected to peak in 2036 at 81.1 million.
Man, the Millennials have their work cut out for them.
I feel bad for the Gen Xers who are projected to remain the “middle child” of generations – caught between two larger generations of the Millennials and the Boomers. They are smaller than Millennials because the generational span of Gen X (16 years) is shorter than the Millennials (17 years). The oldest Gen Xer is now 50, the Gen X population will still grow for a few more years. The Gen X population is projected to outnumber the Boomers in 2028 when there will be 64.6 million Gen Xers and 63.7 million Boomers. The Census Bureau projects that the Gen X population will peak at 65.8 million in 2018.
Baby Boomers have always had an outsized presence compared with other generations. They were the largest generation and peaked at 78.8 million in 1999. There were an estimated 74.9 million Boomers in 2015. By midcentury, the Boomer population will dwindle to 16.6 million.
To the Millennials, I say, Stop wasting time, pointing fingers at us - heck, we're getting old - we'll die off soon enough and then, some new upstart generation after you will blame you for everything. What goes around, comes around. Every generation has to blame another. Just get over it. What is done is done.
I hope you now understand a bit more about this generation...how we lived, played and what we were exposed to.
Don't be ungrateful.
1962 Events & Facts MAJOR EVENTS:
Soviet missile bases detected in Cuba; President Kennedy demands their removal. The confrontation is the closest the U.S. and U.S.S.R. ever come to war. Crisis is resolved when Soviets agree to remove Cuban missiles in exchange for removal of U.S. missiles in Turkey.
Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann executed in Israel
U.S. establishes semi-permanent military presence in Vietnam
Pope John XXIII convenes the Second Vatican Council, which will modernize many practices of the Catholic Church when it concludes three years later
BUSINESS & ECONOMY:
Industrial robots introduced to perform repetitive manufacturing tasks
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:
Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr. becomes first American to achieve earth orbit; his Mercury 6 mission is followed by two other Mercury flights
Ranger IV first U.S. space probe to reach the moon, where it crash lands by design Telstar becomes the first communications satellite intended for regular service; relays television signals between North America and Europe
Rachel Carson publishes Silent Spring, bringing attention to a number of environmental crises for the first time
Morning sickness drug thalidomide found to be causing birth defects
Niels Bohr dies