With Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Humboldt, Occupy Here and Occupy There in full effect, we started wondering about our place in this society. Kate and I are among an age group of people born in a time period in the United States whose ideals don't reflect the views of the baby boomers who came before us or those of the generations that follow. The counter culture movement of the 1960's, with it's "Tune in , turn on, drop out" mantra doesn't mean much to us. Nor does the movement of the cynical Generation X and Gen Y kids who the boomers complain about with lines like, “Kids today do nothing. They're so apathetic. We used to go out and protest. All they do is shop and complain.”
We, I guess we are the Yuppies most people are disgusted with. We started working at 14 years old, avoided the temptations of substance abuse, graduated from college and DID get the good jobs. While our parents served their country during times of war, purchased homes, raised kids and are members of the "Great Generation", our older brothers and sisters protested against that and preferred to associate with the counter culture movement. We, in the meantime, searched for and demanded the finer things in life, better education, material items and personal freedoms fueled by the wants and needs of everyone else in our society. We contributed and took from this society. And, so did everyone else.
We were children of the 1960's. Actually, little kids in elementary school during that era. Consumerism was aimed directly at us. And, we bought it. And, are still buying it. That doesn't mean we aren't above service to our community. We volunteer in droves. Most importantly, to us...we work long, hard hours without complaint. Our parents ingrained in us that through education and hard work, we could achieve anything we wanted. And, we did.
Are we Right Wing Conservatives? Are we Left Wing Liberals? Neither. Kate and I take the ideals of both political factions and apply them accordingly.
While we understand the premise of Occupy Wall Street, it looks like and feels more like an excuse for a party. Protesting for protest's sake, while we go to work each day minding our own business knowing we will be working until we are 75 years old as we house our boomerang 20-something children and care for our elderly parents. Maybe, we should be the ones out there protesting?
Where the Yuppies are today