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Post Reply The "silent generation" 1928-1944 probably was the luckiest in humanity
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How were they the luckiest? I mean think about America. The Great depression. Also, think of the discrimination, rights, intolerance, lack of independence etc. Also, world war 2...


They lived through the greatest economic boom in human history. People back in the day didn't care about discrimination at all it wasn't even on the radar of thought.
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Sure they lived through the boom but not everyone got to experience it. I can bet the people being killed by the KKK cared about discrimination, I'm sure the people who couldn't get into America due to their race cared about discrimination.
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Sure they lived through the boom but not everyone got to experience it. I can bet the people being killed by the KKK cared about discrimination, I'm sure the people who couldn't get into America due to their race cared about discrimination.


The tiny minority that it affected sure. Most people were happy they had good jobs and didn't need college degrees to make a good living.
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I guess you're right. I'm certainly no expert in this subject. But what about their kids who were forced to go war in Vietnam and all the craziness concerning the war. Even if their kids didn't go to war, pretty much everyone was affected with Unis and stuff. I can bet those could've been some really stressing times.
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I guess you're right. I'm certainly no expert in this subject. But what about their kids who were forced to go war in Vietnam and all the craziness concerning the war. Even if their kids didn't go to war, pretty much everyone was affected with Unis and stuff. I can bet those could've been some really stressing times.


The generations on either side had it much rougher, fighting in WWII, Vietnam & Korea + the civil rights movement and high inflation in the 70's.

Those born during the yeas in question were too young to fight in WWII and too old for Vietnam. They were already well established and financially secure by the time the 70's hit.

As for bad things happening: bad things happen every generation. The question you have to ask is, what percentage of the population is negatively affected by those bad things and to what extent.
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Oh helllllllllll no

You wanna go through Japanese occupation of Asia?
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free tibet? ^

well, everyone in that age would be dead now so...

the technology and internet that you guys are talking about was pretty much non existent to them their technology would like what you guys think we have now but for them basic radio and telegrams would be top stuff - also because of currency and the lack of gst and taxes..

everything was sustainably cheaper.
Posted 8/13/15

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TheZoldyckAssassin wrote:



Sure they lived through the boom but not everyone got to experience it. I can bet the people being killed by the KKK cared about discrimination, I'm sure the people who couldn't get into America due to their race cared about discrimination.


The tiny minority that it affected sure. Most people were happy they had good jobs and didn't need college degrees to make a good living.


What do you mean by 'the tiny minority it affected'? Is that sarcasm or dry wit? Is this really a troll thread or do you really believe what you're saying? I'm just curious because people have pointed out who wouldn't benefit by living in this period already and why.

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SuperFinny wrote:


biscuitnote wrote:


TheZoldyckAssassin wrote:



Sure they lived through the boom but not everyone got to experience it. I can bet the people being killed by the KKK cared about discrimination, I'm sure the people who couldn't get into America due to their race cared about discrimination.


The tiny minority that it affected sure. Most people were happy they had good jobs and didn't need college degrees to make a good living.


What do you mean by 'the tiny minority it affected'? Is that sarcasm or dry wit? Is this really a troll thread or do you really believe what you're saying? I'm just curious because people have pointed out who wouldn't benefit by living in this period already and why.



Most people aren't gay black or some other minority so they wouldn't have been affected by it. Irregardless this thread is about the greatest generation and the economic boom they rode on not social justice activism.
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Personally, I love the style of that time period. How everyone talked, dressed, and acted (for the most part).
Some of the downsides were unrealistic societal expectations, poor mental health awareness, a large number of people not doing anything about general hatred and bullying (including racism) because they didn't feel like it... and the list goes on.
We of course deal with these things today, but it wasn't as bad. I feel like people didn't want to bother "getting their shoes dirty," when it came to a lot of problems, even though they knew bad things were going on.
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TheZoldyckAssassin wrote:

I guess you're right. I'm certainly no expert in this subject. But what about their kids who were forced to go war in Vietnam and all the craziness concerning the war. Even if their kids didn't go to war, pretty much everyone was affected with Unis and stuff. I can bet those could've been some really stressing times.


Their kids didn't go to Vietnam; their offspring were people like me, Gen-xers, who were kids in the 60s, and 70s and teenagers in the 80s. A lot of what I read here seems based on third-hand hearsay or popular conceptions of "the past." From listening to and observing my parents and their lives, the best I can offer is second-hand hearsay, but it's a lot more nuanced than the generalizations people here are making.

I can say that the era they came of age was both the best of times and the worst of times. It certainly was true you could get a good job with a good company and be set for life. Without a college degree, my dad worked his way up from a lab technician to a computer programmer--and what a cool time to be one, too, long before everyone had a computer and could use it for great stupidity. And, my mom was a nurse and my aunt a college professor, so there were professional opportunities for women, too.

Communities were closer-knit, people were more social (bowling leagues, Kiwanis club, church, etc) and neighborhoods were less car-centric. There was plenty of great entertainment, too--arguably the best sci-fi lit of the 20th century, and some of the greatest jazz ever realized, before it died and became a museum (which mostly pays homage to that era). And there was a vibrant counter-culture that was more intellectual than the hippy crap that came later.

But there were downsides. Working for the same company your whole life was also a trap. Also, people, even if not overtly racist, led more segregated lives. Getting information was harder--that was true until the WWW--and so ignorance and misinformation was more prevalent. And of course: everybody smoked everywhere! Work, stores, theaters, college classrooms...

If I went back, I'd probably be like my dad, wearing a goatee, playing chess in a coffee shop listening to hard bop performed live, driving a Karmann Ghia or VW bug, reading dimestore scifi and watching Star Trek, learning how to program in FORTRAN or assembly or APL, and reading pseudo-intellectual crap like Marshal McLuhan.

But that just proves there's always fun to be had. If I tried harder, I could probably find a similarly romantic life-aesthetic in this otherwise puerile era of Tumblrinas.

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Just because economically and stylistically it seemed like a "desirable" time to be in, doesn't mean it was, human rights were far lesser, general acceptance was lesser, and technically we were also in the shithole, tech didn't get much much better til like, the sixties plus.

Just because art and culture from the era is viewed as exquisite or at least interesting, does not mean that those elements define it. Why was stuff cheaper? Because the value of money was higher and there was more bang for your buck, since, the value of currency, at least in the United States, has gone down drastically, so that is why seemingly today people pay "more", except, its not really more and it's worth near the same I bet as it was back then, minus the fact that the value of the dollar has TANKED. Also, plenty of artistic techniques from the era are still used today, so I don't see why I'd want to go back, it just doesn't have any of the appeal that the 60s-early 90s does for me, and the art is still around, so if I want to see that, I'd just go to a gallery or look at an old building?
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animegirl2222 wrote:

Just because economically and stylistically it seemed like a "desirable" time to be in, doesn't mean it was, human rights were far lesser, general acceptance was lesser, and technically we were also in the shithole, tech didn't get much much better til like, the sixties plus.


I would rather have less tech and be able to afford a house and have a good job. You still probably live with your parents and don't have to work full time so I understand why you would think that.
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Well, you're not wrong. Also, I know, my family went from living in a 400,000 dollar house to a three bedroom mediocre apartment where I live now between a nasty divorce. Having a nicer house would be nice, I guess.
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ONLY LUCKY IF YOU WERE A WHITE MALE AMERICAN.......Just saying
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