- Oct 16, 2021
I don't care for younger generations claiming older generations messed up the world for them. I think that is a flawed and misguided mindset that will never understand the circumstances in which the world existed before the world was technology-driven. I think there is a lot of revisionist history where younger generations feel they have the right to pronounce judgment on previous generations as if they owe them something. No, no one owes you anything. Previous generations lived in a world that you will never fully understand, and people lived the way they knew how based on how things operated at the time. Very few could imagine that things would change or evolve today as much as it has. Yes, many generations wanted better for future generations and did what they thought was best at the time. What many did not realize was that some of what seemed good at the time was detrimental to humanity in other ways, such as environmental issues. I can tell you that the 1990s young adult me would have said you were ridiculous if you told me the world was going to change as much as it has in 20-25 years. No matter how many predictions people make, you can't ever fully know how things will unfold. Many changes were thrown at us overnight, and we had to adjust pretty quickly. There are many things we learned today, that we didn't know yesterday. Hindsight they say is 20/20.
So, of course, it is easy to judge from today's perspective but if you do, it will be narrow, short-sighted, and misguided. Many options and rights people so casually assume are deserved today were not available to many not that long ago. So, no, I don't think younger generations have a right to judge the past. You were not there, so don't assume you can be judge, jury, and executioner of times past. It's more important to have perspective and understand why things happened the way they did from different angles and perspectives, not just a self-righteous present. As younger generations, you can make fun of all you want about previous generations and talk about how messed up the world is because of what previous generations did, but you only know this because of the knowledge that's been developed over a period of time. You will never understand what it was like to live as they did without all that you have access to in this world today. You know nothing about the constraints of the past, and the conditions or circumstances under which decisions were made. You may understand it intellectually but not from a lived experience. If you're not careful about your judgments of previous generations, you will find yourself not so happy on the other side of this when your children and grandchildren, Generation Alpha and Beta, are old enough to check you.
For anyone to think they can sufficiently or even partially pass judgment upon an era long since passed, well usually this often ends in a misguided attempt to give a clear, unbiased perspective to fully appreciate who a person truly is. This doesn't mean we can't have opinions educated or uneducated.