5 Ways We Ruined the Occupy Wall Street Generation

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5 Ways We Ruined the Occupy Wall Street Generation

Jul!a Jul!a
"At this moment, a whole lot of people, most of them 15 to 20 years younger than me, are protesting in every major city. What are they angry about? A lot of things, some of which are partially my fault.
See, I'm a part of Generation X, the post-Baby Boom era kids who grew up on a mental diet of Beavis and Butthead and Alice in Chains. We wrote poems about how angry we were at our fathers, wore goatees like weapons and made panties burst into flames by playing Pearl Jam's Black on our acoustic guitars. We were a bridge from the Baby Boomers to all you guys who are in high school and college now. And I'm pretty sure we fucked up that handoff pretty badly.

This is not a sarcastic apology, I'm not a big enough dick to write all of this as a backhanded insult about how lazy and entitled you are. Because you're not.

I'm honestly apologizing for ..."

I've honestly been doing whatever I can to avoid talking about Occupy Wall Street. I know that if I don't make a stand I can't complain if things don't go my way, but I just don't complain then. I also know that Cracked usually makes a mockery of whatever they can, mostly for sarcasm's sake, but linkthis article] was one of their more genuine pieces. Reading through it made me realize just how backwards some things were, and that a lot of the folks in my generation were destined for failure right off the bat. Well, maybe not destined for failure, but I'm not exactly getting a "set up for success" vibe from it either. What do you guys think?
11/11/2011
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LilMissSub LilMissSub
I can agree with these. C: I don't take a stance on 'Occupy Wall Street' myself primarily because it's may as well be a name yelling competition in my eyes. I agree with some things on both sides, but I've always been like that. English teachers always hated me when it came to persuasive writing. ;]

I'm a 'why can't we all just get along' type of person.
11/11/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by LilMissSub
I can agree with these. C: I don't take a stance on 'Occupy Wall Street' myself primarily because it's may as well be a name yelling competition in my eyes. I agree with some things on both sides, but I've always been like that. ...
I'm very much the same with the whole "why can't we just all get along" thing
11/11/2011
mmike1900 mmike1900
Thanks for the link. I don't visit that site that often. I occasionally check out some of their stuff when someone, like yourself, posts a link. This article is a little more thought provoking than usual.

I can't say that John Cheese, the writer, made me realize anything new. While I do find his observations interesting, I just see his input as merely saying that every generation has its own unique challenges and some of those challenges stem from other people's flaws or mistakes.
11/11/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
That was a surprisingly moving post. I'm not really sure what to say. They were very valid points, yet I still want to go 'it's not your fault, nameless Cracked writer. I really am lazy.'
11/12/2011
Sex'и'Violence Sex'и'Violence
Honestly, I think it has less to do with the passing of the torch and more to do with government and media projections.
11/12/2011
Cherrylane Cherrylane
I agree with some of them but they way they're expressed isn't particularly correct or enlightened. Part of what I study has a lot to do with the organizations in society and demographic transitions. They essentially take a "sorry tough luck now suck it up" approach.... which if you spend any time studying the sort of organizational transitions that have occurred over the past 20 years and the various policies and values that pushed it along, you'd feel a little differently.
11/12/2011
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
The why can't we all get along strategy is naive at best.

Generational equity is important. I'm a late boomer and I can already say that my standard of living is not any better than my parents later in their lives. With no pension (they had one) my 'golden years' will be lucky to be silver or bronze.

I can easily see how much more difficult it will be for my kids - saddled with all of the debt my generation has heaped on them. You hear a lot of Europeans talking about banks 'taking a haircut' on Greek & Italian debt - well I don't see anyway around US banks (and the Chinese) taking a hair cut on US debt.

As more and more cities and states find that they cannot pay retirement benefits, they will have to follow Jefferson County Alabama's lead into bankruptcy.

The Argentine's went through this 10 years ago and after some hard times, they are recovering nicely.
11/12/2011
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