Steven Harrington: Baby boomer generation brought progress, not death

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They called our parents the “Golden Generation,” but we the baby boomers are way more golden. First of all, sure, they suppressed the Nazi regime and overcame the Great Depression, but they also dropped two atomic bombs that incinerated more than 100,000 Japanese innocent men, women and children back in ’45. Now that’s terrorism. Meanwhile 60 million humans were killed in WWII; and in the Korean War, another 200,000. We can thank these “Golden” boys: Hitler and Mao and Stalin for mass atrocities in the ’40s and ’50s. These were not “golden” times. They were the times that tried men’s souls.

We, on the other hand, brought to light civil, women’s, gay, animal, abortion and human rights, just to name a few. The black man was being heard, the gay man was allowed to be in the open, and the woman was getting out of the proverbial kitchen, finally.

As a group, baby boomers are the wealthiest, most educated, most active, and most physically fit generation up to the era in which we arrived, and are amongst the first to grow up genuinely expecting the world to improve with time. We are also the generation that received peak levels of income; we could therefore reap the benefits of abundant levels of food, apparel and, now, retirement programs. We, as a whole, are more educated, more liberal and open-minded, more affluent, better prepared for the advent of the 21st century, and we live longer.

The music was rockin’ and more diverse, from Simon & Garfunkel to Creedence Clearwater Revival, Beach Boys to The Doors. It truly was an Age of Aquarius, and we brought it to fruition. We, without a doubt, changed the face of the 20th century. There was new technology — VCRs, DVDs, Netflix, the iPad, the smartphone, the computer, ESPN, MTV, the internet, pacemakers, kidney transplants, CAT scans, MRI machines, as well as the exploration of Mars and beyond, just to name a few.

Don’t tell me that we, the Baby Boomers, haven’t been “Golden.” We never dropped the bomb on innocents, or exterminated 60 million. So “don’t talk about my generation.”

Steven Harrington

Loveland

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