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OK Boomer

November 11, 2019

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I wanted to take a little time to talk about the “OK Boomer” catchphrase that is going around. If you are wondering what my opinion is, I definitely support it. Although, my feelings of support are somewhat complicated. I have talked before about how it ticks me off when people are dismissive. I have to bite my tongue when friends put down rap music, video games, pro-wrestling, or other things I and other people like. Being dismissive is one of the clearest paths to me ignoring you in the future. I have embraced positivity in my life in recent years and I want to rave about things and I have little desire to crap on things I do not like or understand. So normally I might hate this phrase but its dismissiveness is actually what is so attractive in this case.

I am a Millenial, a box that I did not immediately embrace. I was born in the last week of 1982, a baby born between Christmas and New Years Day which puts me very close to the line between Millenials and Generation X. My generation used to annoy me and I clearly identified with the stuff that Gen X grew up with. However, as I got older and got over myself, I grew to like stuff from all generations. However, the moment I embraced my generation was when the Boomers started to attack it. The Baby Boomers are the generation that was created when the United States military came home from World War II and had boatloads of babies. They are also the generation most responsible for ruining the environment, keeping the evils of capitalism alive, and holding back social evolution.

As I said, the moment that I embraced Millenials was when the Boomers started to attack it. They started blaming my generation for being self-centered, killing old businesses, and not falling in line with the establishment. What they objected to was evolution. I see the so-called “self-centered” attitude as us learning to love ourselves. Our generation is also way more interested in saving the world and all of the people in it for very little benefit for ourselves. As for the rest of it, we are just so angry about where Boomers have put us. The establishment is not helping and we have lived through an increasingly uncertain economy. I will probably never retire because of what has been done to the economy. Likewise, the environment is in critical condition and will likely never fully recover thanks to generations who prized profit over future generations. It makes us angry.

So what better way to get back at a generation that has dismissed us and our concerns? Cutting them off with a stinging and condescending “OK Boomer” hopefully will make them rethink their strategy for life. If nothing else, it is a rallying cry to continue on without them. To work toward a world we can be proud of instead of what they have given us. However, “OK Boomer” is not directed toward all the people in that generation. I and many of my generation recognize that there have been Boomers (and GenXers) fighting for the cause longer than we have been alive. I would invite them to chuckle along with us when somebody says “OK Boomer”. They earned their ally status and are not our enemy. Not my enemy at least. The rest of them better mind their Ps and Qs going forward, though.


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