Each Generation Should Learn from ALL Previous Generations

Millennium Milestones

The 100 Most Significant Events of the Last Thousand Years

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0781458.html

We The People

Personally, I disdain and avoid all the sites and even the sounds of blogs, tweets, websites, Facebook posts, articles, and songs that disrespect Millennials and Baby Boomers. We’re not flawless, in fact we are distinctly flawed. But our flaws are easily overlooked as we learn about past generations and their horrors. The Millennials and Baby Boomers still have a chance to make their flaws a mere dot on the historical changes they have made and will make together, when we begin to work together.

“Disregard for the past will never do us any good. Without it we cannot know truly who we are.” ― Syd Moore

What Baby Boomers learned from History:

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1966 Time Magazine Cover citing Baby Boomers, Twenty-five and Under as the most influential “person” of the year.

On Democracy:

  • America is not a true Democracy, it is a Republic where people’s voices are spoken through their right to vote (Well, sometimes, anyway)
  • The United States Constitution outlines a working Democracy and allows for certain freedoms that must be defined by each modern society, not historically, but relevant to living today
  • Voting Rights must never be degraded, discouraged, deleted, dismantled, or denied to ANY Americans over 18vote
  • Democracy does not work without a strong and large Middle Class
  • Democracy does not work without compromise
  • An Oligarchy is not even close to a functioning Democracy or Republic
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Marching for the Right to Vote and urging Law Makers to Pass the 1964 Civil Rights Amendment
  • Equal Rights for EVERYONE is crucial to the survival of Democracy

On Economics:

  • The influence of the wealthy has led to historical economic difficulties throughout the world and especially throughout America
  • Opportunities under Capitalism should be equally available to all, after all, we never know who might come up with the next Great Idea!
  • Avoiding another Great Depression is economically sound for ALL Americans67chi13n
  • Equal PAY for all must be legislated and corrected.
  • Regulating Stock Exchanges is crucial for the survival of Democracy
  • Regulating corporations is crucial for the survival of Democracy
  • Disallowing tax loop holes for profitable corporations, especially oil companies, is crucial for the survival of Democracy
  • Affordable Housing for ALL heeds multiple benefits in a Democratic Economy
  • Socrates- A city of Merchants is a city of pigs
  • Shakespeare- Greed and avarice are the cause of many of the ills of this world
  • The Bible- The love of Money is the root of all evil
  • Jesus- It is harder for the Rich to enter the Kingdom of Heaven than the Poor
  • Bernie Sanders- Stop the economic and political power of the 1%
  • World War II helped the U.S.A. out of the Great Depression, but no war since has boosted the economy
  • Wars increase taxes, the national debt, and decrease spending needed in other areas
  • War causes less consumer spending
  • War is not economically sound for any of the countries involved.

On War:

  • People in power should never act quickly when sending young men and women to their deaths.Vietnam War Protests. Andy Blunden,
  • War is hell
  • War should be obsolete

On the Environment:

Keep America Beautiful

 

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“Human technology? Of course. Human beings? Hardly.”

― Criss Jami on human evolution

 

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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

 George Santayana

 

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“[the books] . . .might stop us from making the same damn insane mistakes!”

― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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“each time something goes wrong [in history] . . .Some fatal flaw always brings the selfish and the cruel people to the top and it all slides back into misery and ruin.”

― C.S. Lewis

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“You are not responsible for the past, but insofar as you do nothing, you are complicit in the present created by it.”

― Jonathan R. Miller

 

What we did with our knowledge of History:

  • More educated than any previous U.S. Generation
  • Anti-Vietnam war protests
  • Anti-draft protests
  • Voted
  • Revival of the Feminist Movement
  • Civil Rights sit-ins/protests/marches
  • War on Poverty marches
  • Equal rights for women marches and attempt at passing the Equal Right Amendment.
  • Fighting for the underprivileged
  • 1966 Time Magazine’s Person of the Year/ Baby Boomers 25 and under

What Millennials can do with their knowledge of History

  • Most educated generation in American History
  • Attend demonstrations, protests, Social media conversations
  • Support Candidates who represent the changes you rallied for during the 2016 election: I’ll have the entire list on my next blog
  • Organize Millennials on Social Media toward making real progress
  • Vote

 

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