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  •  Social change and aging (8+ / 0-)

    Speaking as a member of the Nixon/Ford generation, I have a hypothesis for perhaps why people are not so resistant to change as they grow older.    

    I know I was heavily influenced by the 60s mantra of "Challenge everything" even though I was still a primary school lad at the time.  And whereas all generations face some time of changes, the world did seem to explode in the 60s and 70s with respect to gender roles and racial equality, school integration, liberated attitudes about sex, more balanced attitudes about war and peace, etc.

    So, when compared with prior generations, I wonder if we are more accepting of the fact and inevitability of social change, and accept it more willingly.    

    It does surprise me when some of my peers who have Tea Party beliefs also have pretty decent social acceptance attitudes.

    Footnote: The change in generational attitudes was discussed with friends recently.  Their daughters are in middle school and inter-racial dating means nothing to the kids.  What does disrupt their sense of harmony, though, is when a "slacker" kid and an "achieving" kid are interested in each other.

    •  I can see how a "slacker" kid and "achieving" kid (2+ / 0-)
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      Could be into each other. The slacker gives the achieving kid a respite from all the activity, gives them a chance to relax, while the achieving kid gives the slacker some energy, and is stimulating.

      They don't compete, which has to be a relief for the achieving kid. You know, a port in the storm kind of feeling.

      Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 12:02:25 PM PST

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    •  sawgrass, please define "slacker" and "achiever". (0+ / 0-)

      The young people I know, anecdotal, will be offended by such labels.

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