In response to a clash on the boards…
Life seems designed so you’re part of a generation, which holds certain things dear. The next generations come up and they have things they hold dear. If you’re part an older generation, you’ve got to come to terms with this. That your values may not be shared by younger generations. For example, my generation is informal as compared to the generations that preceded it. Sloppy even, if you compare them side by side.
Some people interact ‘cross generations. This is the normal way in some cultures where there is a family home, children live with their grandparents and a brought up to value their elders. Or you can have someone like me who grew up near my grandfather, and went to work in an old man’s bar when I was a teen, just because I like old people. Today I am part of a woman’s club with women 30 years my senior. I just like this stuff.
So there are people like me, but there are also people who are isolated from anything outside their immediate circle. Their circle might be all one age, all one race, or all one political leaning. Their group may be all extremely rich or all extremely poor, they may be very educated or uneducated, but when a person’s experience is narrow they are going to have very little insight or understanding of people outside their group. With now actual knowledge, the imagination fills in the spaces.
In astrology, it is generally accepted that generations are marked by Pluto’s transit through a sign. An interest in expanding one’s sphere is shown by Jupiter. The Internet has made it easy for people to have contact with people around the world, and many take advantage of this. Certainly this blog has always been a place where people who are interested in contact with a diverse group of people gather.
I think it’s a challenge for older people to come to terms with the fact the younger generation may not share their values. Some young people do embrace the values of their elders. I was like this. My elders were the WW2 generation and there’s a real substance to these people which is attractive and impossible to deny. If the generation(s) that precede yours are not that impressive, then you’re going to be less likely to follow them, provided you want to get anywhere good.
What are the values of your generation? How do they differ from the values of your elders? How are they the same?
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