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Old 23-04-2014, 12:51   #1
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What did we Learn from the 60's?

As most of you know that have hung around here for a while, I am a child of the 60's. As I work with people every day who are younger and younger, I am impressed with the complete lack of deep thought and the overriding impression of impatience and materialism. They want the boat, but they have no idea what they are going to do with it.
Our generation was not perfect. But we did learn a few things.
1. Free love is expensive.
2.Work is important.
3. Things given to you take too much of your time and can destroy your life.
4. Communes don't work with selfish people.
5. To be selfish and greedy is bad.
How come we didn't pass this down?
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Old 23-04-2014, 13:10   #2
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Re: What did we learn from the 60's?

Too much television
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Old 23-04-2014, 13:15   #3
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Re: What did we learn from the 60's?

At least half the people I know who came of age in the 60's decided that everyone else was selfish, so it was foolish to be any other way
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Re: What did we learn from the 60's?

I've always blamed the "how to raise our children" books! These of course were written by us.
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Old 23-04-2014, 13:26   #5
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Re: What did we learn from the 60's?

Hmmm…
Don't trust business.
Don't trust guvment.
Don't trust politics.
Don't trust hippies.
Don't trust military.
Don't trust media.
Don't trust religion.

Miss anythin'?
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Miss anythin'?

Don't trust the internet/forum.
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Old 23-04-2014, 13:33   #7
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[QUOTE=SaltyMonkey;1525398]Hmmm…
Don't trust hippies.
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Did'nt realise you felt that way about me Salty...
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Re: What did we learn from the 60's?

I can't speak to the experience of those who grew up in affluence, but for me, I grew up in the 50's and 60's in a large blue collar family. Everything was a struggle and (as my momma used to say), "we didn't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of." As a result, I wanted better for my daughter and wanted her to have all the things I didn't have. I had to wait until I was an adult and could buy my own car, she had one at 16. I didn't get to go to college until my late 20's and paid for it myself while working full time, she got to go on our dime while living in the dorm. I sewed all my own clothes from age 12, she shopped at the mall. You get the picture. It was the same with all my friends who share my same background.

I think the tendency with those in our generation is also to try and be fixers. We see someone with a problem and we want to fix it. The problem is that the kids don't learn how to fix their own problems that way. Hell, sometimes we're so far ahead of the fixin' game that we have it fixed before they even become fully aware they have the problem.

Fortunately, despite my best efforts, I did not manage to completely ruin my daughter. She grew up to be an incredibly hard working woman who is now a single mom raising two kids with no help from a dead beat dad. She makes me proud every day. A lot of my friends, however, can't tell the same story. They still have their entitled young'uns sleeping in their basement so they can drive a new car and have the latest gadgets while still asking mom and dad for gas money. Sadly, they have no idea that this is a problem.
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Re: What did we learn from the 60's?

If you remember the 60's you weren't there
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Re: What did we learn from the 60's?

As a child of the 80s I've learned that children of the 60s like to talk about how they're giants in their own world and how its just a pity that they won't pass some crumbs of wisdom to us poor late comers. I guess it wouldn't matter much since I'm probably too busy watching TV and complaining about something to receive the baby boomer's glorious scraps.
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Re: What did we learn from the 60's?

The only thing I've learned from the people of the 60's is they underestimate the younger generations.

The kids these days are far more up to ANY challenge than we ever were!

Good on them! Let them rip in and have some fun instead of wasting their lives behind a desk or digging holes in the roads like we and our Dads did.
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What I have learned from the children of the 60's is that as they age they are just like the children of the 50's and the 40's and the. 30's and every generation prior. Their generation was special and saw the world in ways the old foggies didn't. And the next generation is shameless and lazy. It's part of the cycle of life.
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Re: What did we learn from the 60's?

Ever hear yourself saying something that you said you'd NEVER say 'cuz your parents did?

Many of us did everything for our kids 'cuz our parents had to scrape along and we wanted things to be better for them.

Didn't work for all of us, even with a good work ethic.

Give a man a fish, vs giving him lessons.
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