Achieving Permission to Value the Older Generations....

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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Adam Read Oct 18, 2016 · #9

I agree completely, Lisa. Thank you very much.

Lisa Gallagher Oct 18, 2016 · #8

Great topic @Adam Read. I have found it's beneficial to listen to our children (mine are both mature adults). We need to keep an open mind when it comes to generational conflicts and/or misunderstandings. I have learned a lot from my children. They value my input too. It's nice when different generations can sit at a table and converse with respect. We can all learn from one another if we are open to doing so.

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Adam Read Oct 17, 2016 · #7

Thanks Milos!

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Milos Djukic Oct 16, 2016 · #6

A must read.

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Donna-Luisa Eversley Oct 16, 2016 · #5

#4 As I read your post @Adam Read I realized that we are fortunate if the ones who have been before us are alive to share their stories, we have an opportunity to get to the dynamics of what influenced decision making prior... A look at a mirror which can show a different reflection. Quite thought provoking..

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Adam Read Oct 16, 2016 · #4

#2 Thanks, @Donna-Luisa Eversley. I like your concept of knowing "what was asked so we can map the results..."

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Adam Read Oct 16, 2016 · #3

#1 Thanks very much for the comments, @Steve Brady.

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Donna-Luisa Eversley Oct 16, 2016 · #2

Good observations @Adam Read we have to know what was asked so we can map the results, and be different in framing our own questions and ways. Interesting how we take the elderly for granted without tapping into their wisdom. Wow.. Thanks for this.

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