The baby boom generation marks a group of nearly 20 years where the birth rate rose dramatically and over 77 million babies were born. Since then, the birth rate has returned to normal, but the influx of people into society was astronomical. The baby boom generation has been an important part of the American culture. They have defined many of the current beliefs, became law makers and politicians and have served this country.
However those born between 1946 and 1967 haven’t always been given the best monikers. They have been considered self-righteous and self-indulgent being the complete opposites of their parents who sacrificed to make their way in the world.
Baby boomers have fought against the negative stereotypes. Baby boomers lived through a time that was vastly different than any other. They saw pointless wars being fought, destroying lives and family. They fought to relieve their families of poverty while trying to gain education to create a better lifestyle.
The ideals of this generation created The Boomer’s Six Commandment. These rules defined what the baby boomer generation was about and how they lived. Most of those born during this era followed these ideals, but not all. Every generation is defined by the circumstances and experiences they have to deal with. Think about everything that happened in those years: Vietnam War, Civil Right Movement and the Energy Crisis.
1. Be trendy and hip. Some think a major problem with the baby boomers is not being able to grow up. This is seen in a variety of ways. There are those who try to reverse the aging problem, which will never put plastic surgeons out of business. Baby boomers sometimes get frozen in their own era, dressing and acting like they have for 20 years. However, there are other baby boomers that move on with the fashion times, wearing and exemplifying what it means to be cool.
2. Being relevant is important, so accept the changes. Everything moves on and even the baby boomers couldn’t keep the culture stagnant. They learned wisely that it is more important to accept the culture that is changing around them rather than fight it. This can be seen through many different ideals of the baby boomers.
3. Be an individual. There were so many children born in that time period that it is easy to lump everyone into one category. However, the baby boomers won’t allow that. Being an individual is just as important as supporting the greater good. The baby boomers lived through a time of enormous change and have created radical movements that have transformed this country.
4. Create a new history. What happened in the past doesn’t seem to matter to baby boomers. Everything they did was done for the first time, at least that is what they all want you to believe. Baby boomers view their generation as a milestone creator leaving no room for any previous generation to have a significant importance. Occasions that happened in the past are just that – history – and have no place their lives.
5. Don’t be a sell out. If you become a sell out, you will lose your baby boomer card. Just because they are living the American dream as white, middle-class folks doesn’t mean that is what they feel deep down in their heart. They will always be revolutionaries who are willing to change a generation at the drop of a hat.
6. Always question authority. Baby boomers had a difficult time of trusting anyone older than them. It meant they wouldn’t listen to cops, priests or their parents. This was the care-free generation who couldn’t trust anyone, just each other. Baby boomers didn’t follow the rules, they made the rules. They weren’t going to be told how to live their lives.