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January 8, 2010

The coming decade will be worst ever; believe me

I don’t think the 1980s was the best decade of the last five.

What I do think is that the next decade will be the worst of the last six.

LiveScience reported this past week that in a recent poll, baby boomers were the most negative about the last decade, most sentimental toward the 1960s and 1970s, and most complimentary of the ‘80s.

LiveScience said baby boomers probably tended to look at their past “through rose-colored glasses.”

I’m a baby boomer, born in the middle of the generation, and I understand the tendency to treat the ‘60s with great nostalgia.

That decade had everything: a big war and an equally big peace movement, some remarkably charismatic and diabolical leaders, some of the greatest political activists and social movements ever seen in history, and turmoil, assassinations, technological innovations that culminated in the landing on the moon, outrageous pop stars, and of course, Woodstock.

If you lived through the ‘80s, about all you remember is “Reagan got shot and afterward told his wife, ‘I forgot to duck,’ and then he invaded this little country Grenada, which wasn’t a threat to anyone, and oh yeah, there was this Soviet leader, the last one, who had a big grape jelly-colored birthmark on his head.”

Probably, baby boomers thought the ‘80s was the best decade of the last five because it was the least memorable. Most political and social activism occurred elsewhere then that led to the Soviet Union’s collapse, and Americans, of course, say, “Oh, yeah, Reagan whipped communism single-handedly,” rather than give foreigners credit for straightening out problems in their own countries.

Don’t forget, God put us here to show the rest of the world how they’re supposed to live.

But here’s my theory about many baby boomers in the recent poll: Like most people, they tend to see everything from their perspective.

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