Weíre all familiar with the aptly named Greatest Generation and of all the hardships and struggles they had to bear on the way to saving the world from fascist dictators. They endured life altering droughts, economic disaster and global war and yet somehow managed to leave the world a better place for their offspring the Baby Boom Generation.
The Baby Boomers, sometimes remembered for their drop out, turn on attitude, while not quite worthy of the impressive title their parents had earned, did manage to contribute to the betterment of mankind in a different way. Advances in the field of medicine that have led to longer and healthier lives, the development of the computers that we now seem to rely on for our most basic daily functions and an awareness of our own environment that has helped create a cleaner world for Generation X.
The Gen-Xers as they are sometimes called grew up in a relatively peaceful world that was full of hope and promise. The Cold War had ended and the technology created by the Baby Boomers had made life a whole lot faster but at the same time much easier. Normal everyday tasks that once required brainpower were being performed in a fraction of the time with little or no effort. But here the slide begins in earnest. The Xers also introduced us to Metro-sexuals, MTV and crack cocaine, which may explain Generation Y.
So far Generation Y has been a monumental disaster. In just seventy-five years, one lifetime, our society has devolved from one of manners, work ethic and self-discipline to that of a self-centered, slack jaw, shuffling mass of stupidity. Forget the baggy pants and sideways ball caps, every generation has dressed more stupidly than the one before; I once had a pair of striped bell-bottoms and blue suede shoes and I turned out all right. But then I also read books, played out of doors and socialized in person rather than through Myspace.com and that usually required no small amount of walking, so I was, as Iím sure most who read this were, at least healthy enough to do a few sit-ups and intelligent enough to carry on a conversation or write a coherent letter.
The scariest thing about Generation Y (Why) is that those among them who have figured out that breeding requires both a male and a female are now in the process of creating a brand new generation. What do you get when you cross a skinny nineteen-year-old female Goth creature that cuts herself with razor blades for fun and a twenty-year-old human pincushion with blackened fingernails that has never worked a day in his life? What? Thatís what you get, the birth of Generation What?