It’s a generational thing

13701151_1061251917275146_4610384036522307530_o (1)There aren’t a lot of TV shows I follow religiously but I really like the new show “The Great Indoors”. If you haven’t watched it, it basically deals with the struggle between generations working together and understanding each other.

I often hear people in my age group talk about the Millennial’s and how they either don’t care enough, are too attached to their technological devices, don’t work hard enough, are lazy or whatever. Sorry fellow baby boomers and gen-exers but I don’t buy it.

Every generation is a bit different and are effected by not only technology but also world wars and happenings and differences in style and thought. I think that’s a good thing. The problem seems to be that every generation seems to think they have their act together and the others don’t.

Throughout history the older generation think the younger one is lazier, less focused and mature and doesn’t respect authority and on and on.

The younger generations tend to think the older ones are too stiff, out of touch, not happening and simply don’t get it.

As a baby boomer I thought my parents were too conservative, less open minded, out of touch and tied too much too the past.

Those in the “Great Generation” thought we kids were a bunch of hippie freak weirdo’s who were only concerned with sex, drugs and rock and roll and would never amount to anything. The truth is many of us were but we grew from it and cause a lot of positive change.

For those who get upset about the younger generation spending too much time on their devices, they need to remember that it was the baby boomers and gen-exers who developed and or the technology in the first place.

Does the direction in technology trouble me a bit? Sure it does, but we have somehow survived all of the other changes that have occurred over the years and we most likely will find a way to deal with these changes also. Hopefully this new technology and the ability to share data and learn new things will help us to do important things like cure sickness, end world hunger and clean up our environment and if so it will be the younger generations who help accomplish those things.

Bottom line, we learn from each other. Each generation, despite our flaws, brings something valuable to the table. Companies and societies that think older folks don’t have anything to offer are making a big mistake because those people bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience. On the other hand, the younger folks bring with them a youthful energy and new ways of looking at things.

I’ve always enjoyed working with younger people because of those things and because of it I believe it’s helped me to keep an open mind and a willingness to learn and do new things. I think it has helped me in everything I do and the way I look at the world. As it is often said, when we stop learning we stop growing.

One thing is certain, at least for me, is that the battle of the generations makes for really good humor and TV. ( I think I just dated myself. I should have said streaming on my device).

Thanks for checking in again this week and I hope you have a safe and good one.

Aloha,  Paul

About authorpaulhayden

Author, artist, screenwriter, environmentalist. husband, father, surfer, surfing instructor, volunteer.
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