Breaking Age Related Norms

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The post Second World War years were an age of affluence for many countries, but especially the United States because their plant and infrastructure was intact and they made a great deal of money supplying the products the rest of the world required to rebuild their countries.

America was working flat-out in the Fifties and early Sixties and wages and national wealth kept rising. A similar feeling of goodwill was obvious in many other countries, but it was relief that the war was finished and gratefulness that their lives and cities were being rebuilt. This feeling of international joy and plentiful employment also led to a boom in babies.

The so-called Baby Boomers were being born in their millions into a joyful time where money and employment was everywhere to be had. Education was seized upon not only by these youngsters but also by many returning service men and women, who wanted to assume a bigger function in that bright new world that was stretching out before them.

With a better education and the feeling of liberation that the ending of the War brought about, the Civil Rights Movement began to thrive especially in America were non-Caucasians were still being segregated.

Although it was not called Apartheid, segregation is just the English word for the same concept and masses of people were starting to find it intolerable and not just non-Whites either.

Individuals after the War were far less respectful of Authority, Governments and the Old Ruling Orders for a number of reasons. It was these individuals who got us all into wars in the first place and it was these individuals who were denying Civil Rights. Even if they did not agree with segregation they did not do much to abolish it.

As Marx or Engels said, nobody gives away power, it has to be taken.

The people alive in the Fifties and Sixties were unlike any generation that had ever gone before them. They had money, education, a healthy disrespect for authority and a higher percentage of people who had been abroad than ever before in the past.

Even if they were bearing weapons at the time. This was a heady cocktail and civil disobedience raged all across the world from America to Europe to Thailand in the Sixties and Seventies.

The new order articulated itself in music and rock and roll was its name. Never before had youngsters had their own music and they had the technology to reproduce it cheaply, the freedom to transmit it and the money to purchase it. A whole new industry was launched in the Fifties - record labels aimed at teenagers.

Now that the Baby Boomers are getting old, they are breaking other norms too. Boomers are questioning why the are expected to feel old at sixty-five and quit working. At sixty-five nowadays individuals often still have twenty years left to live and if the past is anything to go by, they will not merely roll over and die on this one either.

Owen Jones, the author of this piece, writes on several subjects, but is now involved with the cause of macular degeneration. If you want to know more, please visit our website at Macular Degenerative Disease

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