Beyond Boomers and Millennials

A paradoxical generalization: Generalizations are a form of social violence. They’re also boring. I guess that makes oppression boring, you may surmise? That’s not what I meant.

Some “boomers” interrupt “younger” (than boomers) people; these “boomers” tend to be patronizing, at times sucking all the air and life force out of a room.

Some “younger” (than “boomers”) people are or can be impatient with and condescending toward “older” (than millenial) people.

This parallel suggests that people of many if not all ages are potentially arrogant and ill-tempered toward each other, intergenerationally.

As a “younger” student taught an “older” student in one of “my” classes, years ago, ageism happens in multiple directions.

Climate change? That’s *your* fault! Bailouts? That’s **your** fault. Drone strikes and hawkish complicity? That’s ***your*** fault.

Deflecting blame, and its cousins, egocentrism and self-righteousness, are a great divide and conquer (by way of bait and switch) technique.

The left languishes in part because of progressives’ dogmatism, across the generations, people biting each other in self-congratulatory frenzies. It’s an implosion pattern exploited by fascists.

End of polemical rant. Nothing new here.

Back to the cat, who cares little about news feeds, and just wants some food.

[Reposted from my Facebook page.]

Published by:

Diane R. Wiener

Diane R. Wiener’s first full-length poetry collection, The Golem Verses, was published in 2018 by Nine Mile Press. Her poems appear in Nine Mile Magazine, Wordgathering, Tammy, Queerly, The South Carolina Review, and elsewhere. Poetry is forthcoming in the Welcome to the Resistance anthology; creative nonfiction is forthcoming in Stone Canoe. Diane’s flash fiction appears in Ordinary Madness (Weasel Press). After serving as Guest Editor for Nine Mile Literary Magazine’s Fall 2019 Special Double Issue on Neurodivergent, Disability, Deaf, Mad, and Crip poetics, Diane was appointed Assistant Editor for the magazine. In 2020, Diane became Editor-in-Chief of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature. A Research Professor at Syracuse University, where she also teaches in the Honors program, Diane has published widely on disability, pedagogy, and empowerment, among other subjects.

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