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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Generational Gap

How well do you relate to others of another generation? The gap between generations is painfully obvious. Those in there 20’s & 30’s seem to see themselves as the dominant that we are the ones in control, teens are therefore treated as though they know very little and have no right to interfere in the affairs of the rest of the world. The elderly are disposed of and treated as if they have absolutely nothing to offer. Then there are those in the ages between their 40’s to about their 60’s they are the ones who are in the controlling areas of our world, these people are seen as the wisest of us due to their position of leadership. Next, we have little children who are seen for our future; we feel the need to teach them to handle life the way we want them to. Then lastly, there are babies; born to a world that fears them because of their shear need for attention and need to be cared for; but because of their cuteness factor, they help sooth the fear into adoration.

Here is how I see and understand the generational differences and the similarities between two particular groups. People in there 20’s & 30’s are the most arrogant, self-centered, and irrational of us all. Why? Because we refuse to see the world the way it really is, the majority of us don’t bother with the troubles of those and things around us. We see things as “Its mine.” or “It will be mine.” We focus on our jobs, our selves, and most off money. We party, we play and most of us (married or not) weather you want to admit it or not don’t really take responsibility very seriously. Those in our 20’s & 30’s (mostly in our 20’s) seem to feel that the world owes us and that we deserve this and that. Now I myself am in my 20’s and I will admit that I am guilty of being arrogant, self-centered, & and irrational at times. Why, there are several reasons for the situation at that particular time.

As for the elderly or those we as a society consider the elderly. These are the people society holds little regard for because we feel they have nothing to offer to the community. This I see is a big mistake on our part; they do have something to contribute. They have our history they know the mistakes that were been made. We can learn so much from them. How things were dealt with back when they were young. I had the opportunity to listen to my mother in laws mother talk about how life was back when she was a young girl. Now I hope that I am not the only one but I find the many true stories you can hear and learn from these particular people that are supposedly useless.

Then there are the babies. The little fat cheeked, chubby legged people that gain our adoration the moment we look at them. These creatures are seen as the ultimate of innocence, why, because they cannot lie. They are the closest to perfection that people 20 and older spend some of all of their life trying to achieve. No matter who you are or what you believe we as a whole tend to agree that they are the closest to the creator of the universe, we strive to gain what they have, either through buying it, selling it, creating it or forcing it on others. Babies I think can see us as we really are, see our souls in a sense, that’s why when they are laughing and no one is in the room or stare off to the side as if they see someone or something. I believe that they do see someone, because they are the ultimate in innocence they see the angels that stand next to us. This is probably why they want to be in our arms when we are sad, that they truly do understand that something is wrong and that is their way to comfort us. Maybe.

We fear these tiny people for many reasons. They completely disable our personal defenses and they take over of our lives. People fear them for some of the reasons the amount of responsibility it takes and when they cry they cannot give them back.

This presents a peculiar phenomenon, many people generally want to have children when they are in their 20’s or 30’s, thus this age group creates their own contradiction of sorts.

For the following paragraphs, I have absolutely no intention to insult anyone so please forgive me if I do.

The three generations I have mentioned above are connected in a strange way. Those in their 20’s and 30’s love and want to have babies and the elderly love and want to have babies around, and babies want and love everything. Small children for the most part are ambivalent to babies and teens may love babies but don’t really want to have one. Adults in the 40’s to 60’s their babies are all grown up and having babies of their own and are probably on the fence when it comes to babies, they love them yes but its probably split to wanting (grand)babies.

The two groups that I think best complement each other are babies and the elderly. Why, because if you have ever seen how the elderly respond to babies and how babies respond back its like…they can read each others minds. From my view, it seems as though babies have the power to get an elderly person feel young again in a way. It’s almost as if a baby gains more life and shares it with the elderly, giving them a jolt of life. They too are just as helpless as the rest of us when a baby smiles and talks to you. Babies and the elderly share a few funny similarities such as they have a tendency to wobble when they walk, they both have walkers both with the sole purpose to help them to walk, and their memories on occasion are just as short lived or last a lifetime.