And let’s say they are mid-baby boomers: That means the ‘50s and early ‘60s are popular because those were the days of childhood for baby boomers like me. Unless they were child slaves in sweat shops, they have fond childhood memories.
In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s they were young adults, falling in love, starting careers. They were basically optimistic.
In the late ‘70s and ‘80s, they were having children and rearing them. Those are the best years of life for parents, when their children are small, obedient and lovable. That makes adults feel good about themselves, and those years bring back good memories, which is probably another reason many baby boomers see the ‘80s as good years.
In the 1990s, their children were teenagers. That tends to place a pall over everything.
By the 2000s, baby boomers’ children had left home, and those baby boomers didn’t know what to do with themselves. They were finally discovering the spouses they married, or some, like South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, were discovering soul mates, and wondering what their lives would have been like if they had married someone else, or took that job in Singapore or China years ago, or not punched a policeman in the face the night they got drunk and urinated in the street, or a million other things they decided or not decided to do that changed the courses of their lives.
That’s why the first decade of the 21st century was a downer for many baby boomers. Oh, the terrorist attacks were deplorable, Americans fought two wars and the global financial system neared collapse, but like Sanford, a lot of baby boomers were going through personal crises.
So why do I say the next decade will be even worse?
Well, if you’re a baby boomer like me, you’re getting old, cranky and irritable. The whole world is going to pot, we can’t figure out these new-fangled contraptions, and by God, we’re going to let the world know how bad things are getting.