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"Boomers ... like, like, worst
generation ever, like."
I took my title today from a comment on a Newsweek article (Mar. 13/20) about Covid-19 being called the "Boomer Remover".
Someone else thought it would be more ear-pleasing to say: "Boomer Doomer".
Anyway, it was quite a hate fest. If some millennials aren't careful they're going to be mistaken for Greta (image above).
The Greta image came to me in an email from my Uncle out West. He's maybe 7 years older than I am, having been a late pregnancy for my grandmother, who died when he was still quite young (I still miss her) and he came to live with us.
Yeah, he's old now, but he's still interested in the world around him and has a keen sense of humour, and anybody who can make me laugh is okay in my books.
Anyway ... I thought it was a bit late that another Newsweek article (Apr. 20/20) stated: "We need to talk about death":
Two things that well-meaning guy doesn't seem to have realized:
Only one of the commenters seemed to have things in stark perspective:
(all comments are copied as is; no editing):
Sure enough, Canada has since seen a case of utter madness down East in Nova Scotia, and one also has to wonder (again) about the sanity of the RCMP:
One hopes this is not yet another case of the RCMP grooming for a panic effect.
Yep, somebody sure likes to see us all in a panic and needing someone to blame. So what do we do? We start picking on one another.
As usual, the sentiments in the comments section of the March Newsweek article are what grabbed my attention more than the article itself. I prefer to know what the readers are thinking, rather than what the media are saying, and it seems there's a war (in the U.S. at least) between the "Millennials" and the "Boomers".
Back in November I posted an image/graph of the designations assigned to the various generational eras. You can see it here, where I was attempting to understand and even sympathize with the so-called "Millennials". But I had no idea at the time how cold-blooded some (all?) of them have turned out to be.
One commenter laid out a simplified version of who's who on the generation list, which knocks me (born in 1940) out of the "Greatest Generation" and into the "Boomer" category. (It was probably only thought of as great because we were born during a world war to working mothers supporting the "war effort", keeping production going, with no fathers at home.)
It was also a time when Canada still hanged convicts, not far from our house, in a walled-in area behind the Court House. A time when females were allowed to have jobs, but only until their men returned from the war.
It seemed to me that my generation knew the value of work at a young age. We didn't get allowances; we worked at part-time jobs after school and during summer holidays. We rarely saw a doctor because there was no OHIP. If we're the cause of how the world is today, then there are some things of which we can be reasonably proud. Millennial females not only can now have jobs, they can also sponge off their parents if they can't find work that suits them.
I was sympathetic toward them, however, as you can see here and here. The Newsweek articles are American, of course, so their anger at not having proper health care coverage is justified.
Here are some of the conflicting comments from both Millennials and Boomers:
Now get this. It's a stock reply, used several times, from someone with the nickname: "Olive Tree".
Lots of murderous hate in that term "dirt nap". It's shocking. Other commenters tried to mitigate the effect:
Here's probably the sanest, most cogent response in the whole list:
Unfortunately, it seems that along with all of their other complaints, Millennials are hard of hearing: you'll need a strong stomach to read what follows this bit of Boomer pique:
Get ready for the deepest cut of all:
That has to be the ugliest, most hateful comment. But it's true already and it's why there are so many "old folks homes" where elderly invalids are at the mercy of low-paid, sometimes quite nasty "care" givers (Millennial syndrome?).
Now get this! Whaddayano -- it had to happen; somebody had to blame all this dissension on the Russians:
Way to try to keep one's pride. Where else could the truth be denied if not for Russia?
Image from: Twitterer Mark Sleboda: First one to press to blame Russia wins the prize!"
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