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.]