Let’s keep Woody out of this
Why all the hate? What is with an anti-Baby Boomer movement that I seem to be seeing more and more of?
I turn the corner at the Barnes and Noble and all but smack right into a featured book called The Theft of a Decade: How the Baby Boomers Stole the Millennials’ Economic Future. As you may have gathered, author Joseph Sternberg has quite a bone to pick with a whole generation of Americans. But rather than being a voice from the fringes, Sternberg is an editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal’s European edition. Huh.
And imagine my surprise when I read a movie review of Toy Story 4 (which I loved, by the way) and found that the reviewer looked at the actions of beloved animated cowboy Woody and cynically thought: “God, that’s such a baby-boomer move.” The bias gets worse from there, believe it or not.
So where do we go from here? Do we descend into a massive intergenerational squabble pitting stereotype against stereotype? I hope not.
I am a believer in organizations like Encore.org which seek to put disparate generations into more, not less, contact in their everyday lives. They capture a yearning on the part of many older people to invest in the next generation. And they give younger people insight into the lives and values of their elders. I see these efforts as the best way to bridge the generational divide.
No more overheated insults. And, please, no more picking on Woody.
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“What do you charge?” is not it.
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What should we tell our adult children about a generous inheritance?
Gloria Vanderbilt’s message to her heirs was always clear.