I made a bunch of Statists on WMUR quite spittingly cog-dissed earlier this week. On top of the many tinfoil hat memes (Primer for Argumentation 101: the way to counter an argument is by addressing the facts presented, not by calling names, but m’kay), one of the profound counter-arguments presented to my position that I own myself, was literally, “OK Boomer.”
For the record: I’m 49 and squarely Gen X. Who, what, why?!? What’s Gen X? Remember when the Weather Channel forgot New Hampshire off the U.S. map? Gen X is like that.
We’re the Most Awesome sleeper generation. We’re Breakfast Club and CyberPunk and Fuck-Your-Wars. We drove without seatbelts and lived to tell the tale. We might even have been a little drunk!
We think this world, and its “Safety Instead of Living” mentality is mad, mad, mad. Life should be grabbed by the scruff and shaken like a 007 martini because when you get down to it, life itself is a “slow-moving emergency” careening us towards death, so LIVE!
Seize every day. Live YOUR life. Love YOUR life. Embrace YOUR life. Improve YOUR life. Cherish YOUR life. FFS, LIVE! What are you waiting for? Get outside! Raise your open, smiling face to the sky! Raise your fist in the air and yell, Today, and every day, I LIVE! I live on MY terms! I AM THE BOSS OF ME!
Safetyism is a disease that is slowly destroying the very fabric of American life. Children have been coddled into fat, sluggish, sick, mindless automatons. Stop buying into this awful world the Statists are trying to enslave you into! Learn how to live: Here are 10 steps you can immediately take to start improving your life!
A boomer responds:
“From my end-of-baby-boom perspective, it seems like most of the Karens out there are Gen-Xers. (But I have really never thought about it because I don’t like to look for generational differences. Just another version of identity politics and dividing people unnecessarily. (Although maybe I feel that way only because my own generation is the most maligned…)”
To which I say:
Yeah, after I posted this, I started wondering who is likely most responsible for “safetyism” and the coddling of minds, and my guess is it IS probably Gen X. Maybe because I don’t have children, I didn’t fall into the trap? It is a pretty trap, one that looks benign at first glance, after all, who doesn’t want to “protect” their kids? But we are now seeing, the best you can do for a balanced world is to teach people about self-ownership, personal responsibility, and consent-based interactions. Instead of cultivating fear mindsets, we should strive to give kids a healthy dose curiosity, and let them be!