What’s a Slacker to Do?

by Ryan on August 13, 2011

in Anything Else,Culture,Politics,Pop Culture,Right to Life

Every generation has some positive and negative characteristics they’re known for.  In my case, Gen Xers may be street savvy, pragmatic and shrewd (all useful social survival skills), but we can be a bunch of disinterested slackers too.

Why not?  Our formative years in the ’70s and ’80s where those where childhood was an ideal, but kids themselves were a pain in the neck.  We were the first group of “latchkey” kids, the cynical target of A Nation at Risk, and the first generation women were legally allowed to abort.  Kind of explains a lot.

But every generation has its moment and Gen Xers, now roughly about 30 and 47 years old, need to make their presence felt in a positive way.  We may blame “the system” and have no faith that it can function, but we’re at peak earning potential, we’ve started filling elected legislatures with our people while also moving toward that “boss” title.  That makes it crucial that we eventually figure out how to fix a system we are fast inheriting.

Remember the line in The Breakfast Club when Vernon says:

Now this is the thought that wakes me up in the middle of the night. That when I get older, these kids are going to take care of me.

That day is nearly here.  But stuck between the moralizing idealistic Boomers, and the timidly anti-social, tantrum-prone Millennials, maybe the thick-skinned Xers can pull us away from the ledge we’re fast approaching.  We’re going to find out sooner or later if these “slackers” will finally get off the couch.  I think we may surprise people.

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