First of all, Gen X is still cool. I think we’re a lot cooler than the generations that have come after us. We played by ourselves outdoors, walked to school, got home to empty houses, traveled alone, and didn’t spend all of our time with our helicopter parents, could relate to other people one on one without an electronic device, etc.

But this rhetoric of “Older generation ruined X for us” is evergreen. I remember when I was a kid and people lamenting that the older generations had ruined the environment for us and now we kids would have to pay for it. This will probably be said about every generation when they get to a certain age. And they make it sound like Gen X has been running the world for ages, but we’ve only really had one president (Obama).

Linguist, philosopher, lover of history, wordhound, 21 year New Yorker, searching for meaning in the universe

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