FreeThinker Posted February 22, 2014 Report Share Posted February 22, 2014 I grew up in the Kansas and Oklahoma of the sixties and seventies, a member of the first generation born after The Depression and The War. In my family, there was only one war--The War, and Korea and Vietnam were always looked upon as secondary conflicts to what my parents' and grandparents' generations knew. As any child growing up in this area, and probably anywhere else in America, and who came of age in the sixties and seventies, the lives and achievements- and mere survival- of The Greatest Generation always hung over us like a shadow, or a sword of Damocles. Growing up in the prosperity of the post-war years, we could never measure up to our parents and grandparents. We couldn't. We didn't survive the worst depression in American history and we didn't defeat the twin evils of European and Japanese Facism. Yeah, the Soviet Empire fell apart, but more from its own entropy and rotten core than from Ronald Reagan's "heroic" demand the Mr Gorbachev tear down that wall. We Boomers could never live up to The Greatest Generation and we were told this every day as we grew up. August: Osage County addresses this very issue, a generation of Oklahomans who survived the Dust Bowl, the Depression, and The War and can't understand their children and grandchildren. Based on the play by Oklahoma native Tracy Letts, the movie stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, representing the two generations in their struggle for emotional superiority-or survival. It's a terrific movie and this article from Salon is a brilliant description of the struggle described in the play and movie. It's a struggle I lived with and experienced on my own as I was constantly told that I would never have survived what my parents and grandparents endured in the 30's and 40's. At the risk of sounding like The Greatest Generation, Gen-X and the Millenials don't understand the prosperity and struggle we Boomers experienced. There isn't the vast generational chasm between Boomers and Gen-X and the Millenials as there was between the Boomers and The Greatest Generation. It wasn't our fault that we didn't have a depression to survive. Or does that sound whiny? The Meryl Streep character would think so--or my grandmother. http://www.salon.com/2014/02/21/generational_warfare_on_the_big_screen_raising_millennials_and_fighting_with_mom_in_osage_county/ Quote Link to comment
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