Gen X Loses Again

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So it’s not just my life that sucks. There are lots of us. I’m not saying it’s a Gen X thing, although there are certainly generational things involved in the feeling. The nature of the generational cycles that we had the 20th century such Gen X is never really had the opportunity to have the political power.

That’s still the case. Sometime last year, demographics slipped past the point where the Millennial generation outnumbered the Baby Boomers. The overall size of the Generation X cohort will not outnumber the boomers until sometime in (probably) 2028.

Freely translated, whenever it was the voting age Millennials started outnumbering the Gen Xers, there were still far more Baby Boomers then there were of us.

The old adage used to be the Pig in the Python. Not to put too fine a point on it, and I usually hate sweeping generalizations, and it’s not the whole generation to be sure, but the Boomers have pretty much screwed up the world for the rest of us. My generation never had a chance, and it’s never going to. The Millennials completely recognize that they have to fix what the Boomers broke, and they’ve already started to do that. There have never been enough Gen Xers consistently, and politically we are better off, ground breakers that we were in forcing social attitude adjustments, to hitch our train to the Millennial engine at this point. That should have occur to us a long time ago, recruiting the younger generations to help us try to solve the problems our species is having/has caused, but didn’t, because we are human after all, and therefore not the sharpest tools in the shed.

It’s important at this point in my rant to note that I have no solid data beyond my experience the world to back of my argument for why my generation has no political power. It’s 30 years of slowly accumulated adult observation and reading. Oh, the approximate dates of when the voting members of each generation outnumbered the others or will outnumber the others those are probably taken from legitimate sources, but that’s all. The rest of all this is supposition, opinion, and anecdotal evidence, and therefore worthless in a real argument, just my experience of the world.

That doesn’t make me wrong, but it doesn’t make me right either. What it means is that I’m stating opinion.

But you see things, read things, observe isolated incidents and one-offs that can in fact and do contribute to the whole, even if only a little.

I hope I’m never the guy whining or complaining about some group of people merely because they are older or younger than me. I’m sure that last sentence reads funny considering that most of what I said so far could potentially be taking as a scathing indictment of how the Boomers have run the world. It’s not all Boomers, but it is, collectively, that generation. Collectively, my generation has done shit to make the world a better place, but I’m not sure we’ve had an adequate chance.

Collectively, the Millennials may or may not understand that they’re the only chance at salvaging is. Collectively, Generation Z has an innate understanding of just how screwed they are, though.

I don’t feel like it’s too late to change things, and I very much feel like we, as a species, paying no attention to what generation each of us belongs to, should have the ability, the foresight, and the collective intelligence to come together and fix the problems with our society and our world. We, as a species, have created those problems. We, as a species, should fix those problems, I think we still can. We just have to want to.

It used to be a cliché to say think globally, act locally. I think it’s actually better to phrase it is a question: what are you doing to make the world a better place?

That’s a question I ask myself with increasing frequency. What am I doing to make the world a better place? The answer that comes back is usually along the lines of, “Not enough.”

Be well, everyone.

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