Generational circles  

complexlysimple 34M
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8/8/2006 6:24 pm

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8/10/2006 7:09 pm

Generational circles

I thought I'd share this since it came up in a prior post comment by BaronessK ....

Just from sitting back and looking it almost jumps out that patterns emerge in generational trends... in the US population for example the indivuals that fought WWII would have been the children of those that grew up and partied through the 1920's and grew up in harder times (putting it mildly) who then in turn fought WWII and when on to create those that made the 1970's ...which would have been fairly easier times from the impression I get ...and the children who grew up in the 70's then had those that grew up in the 80's (which also had a downturn in the economy)

Now I'm not trying to insult anyone here because there are always exceptions ...but this 'wisdom' beyond what I have 'right' to seems like it's more of a product of generational cycles and swings than anything ...brought on by perhaps by the previous generations failings/virtues...

But it's almost like the entire culture swings becasue of this ... in more than one place I've come across the comparison that the age group I belong to is very much like that of the age group that would be our grandparents ... the people that fought WWII, brought about the atomic age as well as the Apollo space program ...

Which I suppose means the children we end up having will most likely grow up in a time of reasonable prosperity and not have to really work to enjoy life because things will be made easy for them ...which may in turn produce another generation of explorers and greats (for lack of a better word)

Now I'm not certain about this little idea ..and it's most likely not the first time it's been put forth, but it makes sense ..too much almost ...especially considering that from the history I've read of the US Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg ...the feats of the Minnesota 1st reminds me very much of the guys I grew up with -I could see us doing something that .. stupidly heroic.... and that seems to fall about right with the 'generational cycle' I'm talking about...

So perhaps needless to say I'm really kind of excited to think about what turns technology will take in the next 5 to 15 years ...warp drives anyone?

actually I've got a couple ideas about that ...though I'm not sure they're 'right'just yet

BaronessK 52F

8/9/2006 3:44 am

I hate to think such a slightly scary thought...but I wouldn't like to think of you working with nuclear physics until I'm ready to go back to my home planet, thank you! Oh, wait, hell of a 'road trip'...wanna go with?

complexlysimple replies on 8/9/2006 4:10 pm:
who say's I haven't played with nuclear physics already? ... actually the ascary thought for me was that a collider able to theoretically create small black holes is being worked on ..if it hasn't been build already ....but then again we're pretty much basking in the glow of a nuclear labratory anyway -aka the sun.

Etherealbreeze 54F

8/9/2006 3:18 pm

Not that my opinion matters, but I agree with you 100 percent, since you're so hell bent on math.
But, in that, let's include such mundane things as fashion trends, morality swings from puritan to promiscuous behaviour, legalizing drugs to the use of the same being punishable by law.....I could go on, but I don't want to bore you.
An idea, and I do get them sometimes ,just what if, these circles don't have to do with generation, so much as, with what a few decide is politically correct at the time? And the people, poor lost little lambs, have only learned to follow rather than think and decide for themselves; just the very thought gives me goose pimples.
But, I'll admit to being excited by the next turn of the wheel...loll. Isn't life marvelous; it's the never knowing that excites me.
Bring on the warp drives....


I am Roz , a rose that's ephemeral and rare. Yet always here! Hugz!

complexlysimple replies on 8/9/2006 4:16 pm:
I agree completely about the other trends ...and I'm thinking that the extremes get more extreme each time slowly pushing tolerances to accept everyone..

as for politicians... as much as we all may dislike acknowledging it they're people too ...and susceptible to the same things the rest of us are... which means it can be fun to grill them with questions about things they should know about

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