Achieving Permission to Value the Older Generations....
There is plenty that is valuable about older generations. What
challenges every generation, though, is that economies are often driven
by selling people on what is new, shiny, energetic, and distracting.
The appearance of outward perfection is also a driving factor in how
each subsequent generation trains the next to "shape up" and perform to
what is presumed to be an appropriate behavioral standard.
Unfortunately, this line of thinking also simultaneously undermines the value of a different kind of perfection...and that is the strategic imperfection in all of us that fosters the need for interdependence. This interdependence, when active in a society, infuses value in everyone.
Herein lies the challenge, then:
In order to change this mindset, we must have permission to ask different questions than our predecessors. When we do this, however, the departure from the old may be interpreted by older generations as rebellion and a lack of respect for their elders, which was just as much a part of the Boomer generation, Gen X, Millennials, and every other generation we've seen. What may soften this intergenerational conflict is the realization that some forms of rebellion are not inherently evil and are in fact an act of self defense.
Until and unless we ask different questions, we will still arrive at the same answers we have always had and will continue to be unable to solve the same problems our predecessors could not solve.
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