The Baby Boomers cannot be blamed for the social ills of today
The Baby Boomers delivered. Some of the debates over the change in generations has become mildly silly and over the top. It is being used as an excuse for accountability and problems experienced. There are arguments saying how the Baby Boom generations have made great wealth and have left a poor legacy for those to follow. It is an argument that does seem to be slightly illogical for anyone who recalls.
- 1979-1981 – The years when the baby boomers began their journey
- 1979 – The winter of discontent
- 1979/1980 – The great long dole queues
- 1981 – The inner city riots and “Boys from the Blackstuff” (below)
The Baby Boom generation did not blame their parents for inheriting what looked like a pretty gloomy outlook.
The Baby Boomers built wealth through a culture of relentless hard work and commitment. This generation and period boasted some exceptional leaders with very strong values that has allowed the industry to prosper. If one looks at this group today – in their 50s and 60s – they possess also great friendships, relationships and retained influence. All for good reason.
If anything, it can be argued that the generations that came through after the Baby Boomers – in the 1990s – built success of the coat tails of the Baby Boomers and did not always understand the strong values and work ethic that had laid the foundations – the result being that the strong value sets have in time become diluted and balance has been lost
Rather than blaming the Baby Boom generation, it would be of more beneficial to talk to them and learn from them. They can – coupled with the great innovation of the modern day – really help the new generations develop, grow and find new paths to success.
One can argue that it is all gloom for the new generations but they just need to find their own way, new paths and it is certainly advisable to use the banks of knowledge that are ready and able to give back and support.
Today’s picture is no worse than 1981, we just need to work together to change the future.
For more information: Ben.Butler@epmagazine.co.uk