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  •  Rebellion and a generational f*** you (1+ / 0-)
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    You words touched me.  I too miss my departed father, and I too regret my youthful rebellion against him and "his" world.

    All kids at a certain age must break with their parents and leave home and become adults separate from their parents.  This normal maturation process is driven by our human psychological make-up.  Often, this normal maturation takes the form of youthful rebellion.  Kids have been rebelling against their parents since the world began.  Adults have noticed and commented on this youthful rebellion for as long as people have recorded their words, sometimes with complaint and hurt, sometimes with resignation, and sometimes with pride.  Our fathers before us rebelled against their parents; our children will in time (if that time has not already come for you) rebel against us.

    We should not regret that we grew up and left our parents; we were meant to do so.  If harsh words were spoken that today cause regret, I hope to avoid adding to that regret when my children have harsh words for me.

    And keep in mind, you were a bundle of love and joy to your father in his day.  He remembers those days well, even if we the children no longer have a memory of that time.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 09:40:24 AM PST

    •  yes. so well said and thank you (0+ / 0-)

      I was lucky that I had the chance to make peace with my Dad, although there were times we had screamed at each other, I think all along we both knew we were both doing what was natural and normal in the progression of life.  And as I noted, my own Dad supported our rebellion against the Establishment, which he loathed as much as we did. But the so called 'generation gap' was hurtful to a lot of people on both sides, and I fear never was healed completely and is still at the root of the 'angry white guys' meme/phenomenon where a lot of those guys support the "bosses" who are screwing them out of spite to pay back 'those damn liberals' for whatever resentment they have.

      his generation, later known as 'the greatest generation' had accomplished so much with their battles to change the world, only to see our generation 'the baby boomers' (at least the first wave of us), totally reject them and the world they had labored so hard to make possible for us. Some got it like my Dad. A lot of them didn't. and the 60s rebellion was unlike any other in scope and sheer noise and so many other ways. I think we need to accept that we're still getting a LOT of blow back from all that in both cultural and political ways.

      [sidebar] speaking of labels and generational stereotypes and the problem with them: I still bristle at the blanket accusations I hear a lot now of "the baby boomers were the most greedy generation ever", lumping our era, the late 60s early 70s, with the era that came after, in the 80s and beyond, which was really a new generation that accepted "greed is good" and said the hell with altruism and making the world a better place.

      and the blanket "'angry old white guys' are the problem" meme I see here so much. well no. not exactly accurate or helpful. the guys who are the problem do happen to be angry, old and white, but that's just as wrong a label as any other racial stereotype. but we'll deal with it. although I think the left can and should make a real effort to reach out to the old white guys who support everything we stand for and still know who the real bad guys are. Sort of start to do what the Republicans are suggesting they might do with Hispanics. "Its' our natural constituency." I think we'll have a lot more success, since hatred of the 'other' by race or ethnicity or class or generation is not actually part of our belief system or policy platform.

      no man is completely worthless, he can always be used as a bad example.

      by srfRantz on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:26:19 AM PST

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