June 28, 2012

elainebutler:

This is such a well-written, articulate outpouring from a child of Generation X.

Originally posted on The Phoenix and Olive Branch:

Might as well quit now, kid. Your classmate is already doing Advanced Calculus.

Dear Baby Boomers and Generation X,

Quit telling us we’re not special.

Believe us, we bloody well know.

Earlier this month, Wellesley high school teacher David McCullough, Jr., delivered what was perhaps the world’s first commencement dirge to a crowd of teenagers on the first day of distinction many of them have ever experienced. Graduation from high school, he informed them, is a shiny induction to the hordes of mediocrity. McCullough even took it upon himself to remind the youth of their eventual funerals. (You know it’s a problematic speech when Rush Limbaugh loves it.) What parting words did the teacher have for those who survived his twelve-minute lesson on nihilism? The paradoxical exhortation to go forth and live extraordinary lives! Because, apparently, we can?

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  1. Vivivan Says:

    I am a young baby boomer I tried to raise my children to understand their choices had consequences. Some of the best lessons are learned from mistakes so I let them make those too. I did not always pat them on the back and praise them sometimes I kicked them in the butt figuratively of course. They both work hard and are on their own. So I say if you are not satisfied with your life what are you going to do about it? Stop complaining and take action. Change begins with you.


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