Tuesday 25 July 2017

Brendan O'Connor: We make even baby boomers look good

Mid-life Crisis

GENERATION X MARKS THE SPOT: Could Bill and Hill be laughing at the generation behind them?
GENERATION X MARKS THE SPOT: Could Bill and Hill be laughing at the generation behind them?
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

IT'S hard enough coming to terms with being older on a personal level, but when you carry with you the shame of your whole generation, it's even worse. It was easy when we were younger. When we were Generation X and the baby boomers were in charge, it was easy to sit and sneer. Bill and his weakness for cigars and plain girls. George W and his dumbass sense of entitlement. Tony and his slightly mad-eyed evangelism that was still, somehow, hollow and fake.

They were weak, the baby boomers. They had never known a war, they had had it all too good. They were about style and not substance. They were no Churchills. A vain, silly, self-regarding generation of woolly liberals. At least it gave us something to rebel against.

And then, a terrible thing happened to us. Suddenly, our generation was in charge. I am admittedly at the younger end of the Hollow Generation that runs the world now but I am old enough to cringe as I watch them at it. I am old enough to look at them and think these guys are not that far removed from me in wisdom and experience. And they are in charge. And it is truly shameful and terrifying. Suddenly my peers are the adults, we have stepped up to the plate, and it turns out we are the Keystone Cops.

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