We seemed to have lost. Those that had resisted with youthful zeal became a part of the problem. A generation that was told that there was nothing to worry about, no bombs, no fascism, and that the environment, both man made and natural were doing just fine. Instead we were encouraged to fall into line, sedated with the excess of privilege by the previous generation who had already long ago lost their own rebels, folding under the pressures of conformity, eventually giving in to the trappings of growing up in a highly materialistic, consumer world, while the rebels and artists who were mocked and made fun of eventually retreated into the background, forced to make a living.
Mediocrity always seems to win out, except for those without anything to lose, and who are left in the struggle to live, to climb out of poverty, anonymity, struggling in a society that has it out for those that do not conform. While the poor are demonized and made to feel as if they were the ‘losers,’ making them excess humanity that is not worth saving, except as labor for service jobs without adequate pay.
The army of those in their suits and ties, and the proper attire, the proper phrases like code to open doors to the promises of capitalism. Meanwhile, the ‘creative’ lingers, retaining the imagination of a child, remaining free, however, for the most part, unless funded or supported by old money by what Brokaw sentimentally referred to as the “Greatest Generation” (meanwhile condemning Raza for not conforming enough) the artist will go poor. But the struggling artist has no choice but to create, like the rebel that has no choice but to resist, without the sense to give up and give in, unable to navigate their way like many who were left behind in the social climb with the promise of excess if they just did it right, while watching all those they grew up with getting old, hording their material goods, vacations, and a false sense of security.
It’s sad to realize that we lost. Like the generation before us, the children of the ‘60s that gave in to trends and their middle class American privilege. The majority of GenXers who are now middle aged have also given up, or maybe there was nothing to give up to begin with. And the crime that was done to us is being done to every generation, as if the old mechanical miser in the tower cannot die, but continues to get upgrades, keeping it living indefinitely.
As a young generation, we were supposed to dig loud fast music and be idealistic, and we were being convinced that all of the racist and social inequities had been put to rest. But again, maybe there was nothing there to begin with as our generation didn’t seem to amount to shit, and it just goes to show how humanity as a species is myopic at best. If we had amounted to anything we wouldn’t have the chaos and the continual decline of living conditions and the degradation of the environment for the past twenty years.
The same type of brainwashing is being done to the next generation and will continue to be done to every generation after that, until maybe we achieve nirvana or total destruction. And it is sad to see another generation being forced to participate in the bullshit. That they’re being promised freedom when there is none, being promised a future that is under attack by the ideals of a sick society. What’s even more frightening is that they are being more easily indoctrinated and brainwashed into passivity through the power of electronic devices being wielded by the government and corporations, as always, promising freedom, and that they won’t even be able to see the nooses being slipped around their necks, and will go happily to the gallows in exchange for some comfort that will never be found.