Cohorts of Change!
Change is inevitable, Growth is intentional!!!
For this article, I’m going to name myself and my granddaughter as Cohorts of Change.
Of course, being typical of her generation, she wouldn’t appreciate being named ANYTHING. The cohorts are; the Silent Generation of my era, and “Her Majesty’s” generation; the Millennials.
The members of the Silent Generation was born between 1928 and 1942. They kept their heads down trying their best to be “seen not heard”, not wanting to upset the applecart. When the “Silent” began coming of age, after World War II, they tiptoed cautiously in a post-crisis social order that no one wanted to disturb.
Unlike the G.I.s, they rarely talked about “changing the system”, but “working within the system.” They did this because they didn’t want anything to go on their “permanent records”, so they kept their heads down during the McCarthy era. TIME Magazine gave them the label “Silent”.
The millennial’s, “Her Majesty’s” generation was born between 1982 and 2000. Surveys of political attitudes among Millennials have suggested increasingly social liberal views, as well as higher overall support for classical liberal economic policies than preceding generations. They are more likely to support same-sex marriage and the legalization of drugs. They are also more likely to oppose animal testing for medical purposes than older generations.
Ron’s generation, “The Baby Boomers”—those born between 1946 and 1964—cannot go unscathed! As a baby-boomer, he and his cohorts were considered the wealthiest, most active, and most physically fit generation up to the era in which they arrived, and were amongst the first to grow up genuinely expecting the world to improve with time.
They were also the generation that received peak levels of income; they could therefore reap the benefits of abundant levels of food, apparel, retirement programs, and sometimes even “midlife crisis” products. The increased consumerism for this generation has been regularly criticized as excessive.
These generational differences have brought about change within these two or three generations and all others in between. Regardless of the battle, change was the inevitable. With each generation’, we have experienced broad and definitive social and political trends. Most of these trends have become both continuous and permanent.
Lastly, Christianity has played an important role. It is responsible for the way our society is organized and for the way we currently live. So extensive is the Christian contribution to our laws, our economics, our politics, our arts, our calendar, our holidays, and our moral and cultural priorities that historian J. M. Roberts writes in The Triumph of the West, ‘We could none of us today be what we are if a handful of Jews nearly two thousand years ago had not believed that they had known a great teacher, seen him crucified, dead, and buried, and then rise again.’ ” (From the book What’s So Great about Christianity by Dinesh D’Souza.)
So, Her Majesty the Millennial, The Silent Generation defers to you! Be on the lookout for “Generation Z”. According to Forbes in 2015, the generation after Millennials, Generation Z, makes up 25% of the U.S. population; making them an even larger cohort than the “Baby Boomers” or the “Millennials. More change to come!
by Ron’s Mom