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.]

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Diane R. Wiener

Diane R. Wiener is the author of the full-length poetry collection, The Golem Verses (Nine Mile Press, 2018), and the poetry chapbook, Flashes & Specks (Finishing Line Press, 2021). Diane’s poems also appear in Nine Mile Magazine, Wordgathering, Tammy, Queerly, The South Carolina Review, Welcome to the Resistance: Poetry as Protest, Diagrams Sketched on the Wind, Jason’s Connection, and elsewhere. Diane’s creative nonfiction appears in Stone Canoe, Mollyhouse, and The Abstract Elephant Magazine. Her flash fiction appears in volumes 2 and 3 of Ordinary Madness; short fiction is forthcoming in A Coup of Owls. 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 as the magazine’s Assistant Editor. The Founding Director of the Syracuse University Disability Cultural Center (2011-2018), Diane now serves as a Research Professor and as the Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at the Burton Blatt Institute (Syracuse University College of Law); she also teaches in the Renée Crown University Honors program. Diane has published widely on disability, pedagogy, and empowerment, among other subjects. She blogged for the Huffington Post between May 2016 and January 2018. Diane is the Editor-in-Chief of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, housed at Syracuse University.

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