According to the received wisdom of ubiquitous media outlets of every form and description, I am a Boomer, born in 1948. Started hearing unkind “Baby Boom” slogans in early elementary school, say by age 8 (call it the mid 1950’s). Back then such prefabricated political labels weren’t called memes, they were called propaganda, but I digress. According to that endless stream of propaganda us baby boomers were the cause of crowded schools, higher property taxes, disrespectful attitudes toward our elders, parental permissiveness, Dr. Spock , etc. etc ad snotium. So by age 9 or so we “Boomers” were already starting to believe that our innumerable flaws and general badnesses were the reasons for all sorts of stuff we couldn’t even comprehend (much less be responsible for). There was even a nation wide publication free to all school children called “My Weekly Reader” (and yes, we got one EVERY fucking week) that never failed to include the dreaded term in one negative way or another. Carpet bombed, total saturation, full spectrum PsyOp . By age 10 or so I had started to smell the rat, and by age 18 I had figured out what the hell was going on: we were being preemptively neutralized, prophylacticly killed-off, before we all reached voting age and became a serious threat (to the existing political order) AS THE BIGGEST AGE-COHORT VOTING BLOCK IN AMERICAN HISTORY. By the late 1960’s the FBI even had a couple of big nasty programs to identify and take down any potential “Messiah” who might capture and use that overwhelmingly huge voting block to rock the establishment’s boat. And it worked! Numerous such ‘messianic’ wannabes were none too gently removed not just from the political stage but from this vale of tears altogether.
It worked so well, in fact, that the vast majority of Americans “twixt 12 and 20” turned on tuned in and dropped out , proving that with enough careful planning and concentrated effort it is possible to destroy the minds (and thus the lives) of tens of million of innocent children in an assembly line sort of fashion. Hence the ensuing pandemic of drugs, dissociation, alienation, weird sex, senseless violence, nihilism and suicide. It’s been a real fun ride.
And now that we “Boomers” are finally dying off it’s about to be YOUR turn. Good luck to you with that. But before I check into the nearest mortuary ( and check out of your lives forever ) please allow me to scream out loud, one last time, a simple fact that should be obvious to anyone capable of 5th grade arithmetic:
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A “GENERATION”. BABIES ARE BORN EVERY SECOND OF EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY HOUR, DAY, MONTH, YEAR AND DECADE AS ONE SMOOTH CONTINUUM. IT’S NOT A SERIES OF DISTINCT “GENERATIONS.” WE DON’T BREED “BATCHES” OF CHILDREN IN SINGLE HEAPS SPACED 25 OR 30 YEARS APART. IT’S JUST LOTS OF NEW PEOPLE ONE AFTER THE OTHER INVOLUNTARILY SHOWING UP FOR LIFE, INDIVIDUALLY, IN A CONTINUOUS FLOW OF UNWARRANTED HOPEFULNESS.
IN OTHER WORDS: THERE ARE NO “BOOMERS”, OR “MILLENNIALS”, NO GEN X OR Y OR Z OR ANYTHING ELSE.
T H E R E __A R E __N O __ G E N E R A T I O N S ! ! !
But there ARE questions, and here is one you should ask yourself about this “generation” thing : Who has been telling you that there are?