Fandango Provocatively asks:
Do you think, given everything that is going on in the world, that children born these days will have a worse or better life than their parents? Why do you feel that way?
This post is full of generalisations, but basically I think that my mother’s generation had it best. Her dates are 1944 – 2012, so probably the same ballpark as many of you.
I’m not so bothered about aggressors. Putin, now, seems like a total fuckwit, but there have always been people like him around. Even as far back as Vikings. So I can set politics to one side.
But mum had modern technology, media, telephones, transport, the internet and so on. So she got to enjoy all that to help her through life. Not quite to the same extent that I do, but almost.
Before then, who’d want it? Having so little, unless you were one of the privileged few… Worrying about where the next meal is coming from… Expected to fight, no questions asked, for king and country… or kept at home, with your one role in life being to bear children… Most importantly, kept ignorant.
At least my mum’s generation learned to say 🖕 to all that.
The big thing, too is that only at the back end of her life were the planet’s resources considered to be finite. We could argue that one. Ecology has been around since the Sixties, but it was only really the Nineties when evidence seemed to become indisputable, and probably another decade before it became common knowledge.
Younger than that – my generation and, by the way, every generation to come – there will always be the knowledge that we have limited resources to go around. There will always be a concept of confining ourselves to “our fair share”. And, when people want more than their fair share, we have already seen wars fought over oil. It’s only a matter of time before wars are fought over other resources such as food and water.
As I say, this post is a generalisation. Some people are like me, others don’t give a stuff about the climate. But now and for evermore, I don’t think there is any excuse for ignorance.
Yes, my mum’s generation hit the sweet spot. Almost all the advances, but without any of the guilt.