Baby Boomers are those people who were born during the eighteen years following the winding down of World War II, which officially ended May 8, 1945. They were born between 1945 and 1963. The last year has a great deal of significance. Something happened in 1963 that eventually made Baby Boomers so f#@%ed up.
The Charter Members of this illustrious group would be approaching the age of 71 in 2016. The earlier a Baby Boomer was born, the more f#@%ed up he is. Over the years, I’ve noticed that these syndromes are very different with the female Baby Boomers. The women were able to handle the problems, while the men practically fell apart.
Before I go on, I want to share a very brief story with you. I had an uncle who was born in 1946, which makes him a Charter Member of the Baby Boomers. About a year ago, he died under mysterious circumstances. He left his house and went for a walk. About 30 minutes later, he was found dead. There’s speculation in the family that he committed suicide, although this was never officially confirmed. But if true, it would not come as a surprise to me. He was once one of the coolest guys you’d ever want to hang out with. Suddenly, during the mid 60’s, he changed. He began to hate the world, the people in it, and especially, himself. For the next 50 years, up to the day he died, he wanted nothing to do with anyone. Unfortunately, many who knew him shared his sentiment.
I’ve known many men around his age who are filled with anger and resentment., but he was definitely the worst. Why? Well, I’ve tried to piece together the reason why these people are such ass holes. I think I know the reason. I’m 99 percent sure that I’m right about what I’m about to tell you.
To the original Baby Boomers, life was once almost perfect
Immediately after the end of World War II, life was almost perfect. Hollywood was in the thick of the Golden Age of Motion Pictures.
Then, the 50’s came. I was a little too young to remember the 50’s. However, I have been told by over a hundred Baby Boomers that this was the happiest time of their lives.
America was the most popular nation in the world. Gas prices were 18 cents a gallon. The average price of a new car was around $1,500. An unknown kid from Memphis shocked the world with his music, and was eventually named The King. On summer days, kids would leave the house at 9 AM, and would not be seen again until 6 PM, and their parents never worried about them. If you went on a two week vacation and left the door unlocked, everything was the same as you left it when you returned home.
And, of course, who from that era could forget Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, I Love Lucy, American Bandstand, drive-in movies, soda fountains, sock hops, and the New York Yankees?
In the 50’s the Baby Boomers were young and carefree. They believed they could be anything they wanted to be when they grew up. Yes the 50’s were the happiest of times, and this happiness moved right into the 60’s without missing a beat. But were the good times going to last?
How did everything that was so good get so bad?
Life was perfect. Then, the most popular President ever was elected. To many people, President John F. Kennedy was like God. Then, Kennedy sends military troops to a Country that was none of out business – Vietnam. All of a sudden, the Charter Members of the Baby Boomers joined the Army Reserves or the National Guard, to keep from getting drafted. Life was starting to fall apart for them. For the first time in their lives, they realized they couldn’t do anything they wanted. But that was OK. Remember, we had a President who people thought was the greatest, and would fix it.
Then comes the most unlikely event imaginable – The assassination of one of the most popular Presidents in History, in broad daylight, before our very eyes. Suddenly, people are not so innocent anymore. In one moment, on a Friday afternoon in November, 1963, the Baby Boomers found out that the world is very vulnerable, and life is not so perfect after all. The Baby Boomers were asking the question, “How did everything that was so good, get so bad all of a sudden?” To this day, most have never gotten over this.
The Baby Boomers suddenly found themselves in Never Never Land. The good times are suddenly gone. At one time, the only worry they had was, who they will be taking to the dance Saturday night. Now, there is a gigantic shift. They’re now worried about staying alive.
The Impact on Baby Boomers
Many Baby Boomers will talk about a so-called event in their life that made them the way they are. This is B S. They refuse to talk about the real reason, simply because, they don’t know what the reason is. There were other problems that changed life in the 60’s, such as, civil rights, inflation, social revolutions, and the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. But nothing had the same impact as the JFK Assassination. It affected everyone. But it affected the Baby Boomers much more, because the only life they’d ever known was near perfect.
What the future has in store for all of us
Life will never be the same, at least, in our lifetimes. Perhaps a hundred years from now, it would have all blown over. But it doesn’t matter, because none of us will be here to enjoy it.
The good life that people had in the fifties is gone forever. People no longer value life like they once did.
I have no doubt than the worst tragedy in our modern history is the JFK Assassination. The impact is still felt today by many Baby Boomers. Indirectly, this may have driven many to suicide, including the gentleman I mentioned earlier.
I have my opinion about what could be the next tragedy in the U S, but for the present, I’d like to keep this to myself. If what I think will happen actually happens, I hope it’s not in my lifetime.