An Open Letter from the Baby Boomers to the Millenniums (kids born in the 21st century)
We are your grandparents. We have taken the road you now see before you and this is what we found.
First, we didn’t listen, but you should. The difference is that our parents had strict rules of behavior that demanded we do this and that and when we asked things like why guys couldn’t have long hair, they didn’t have an answer. In fact, they didn’t have an answer to a lot of our questions. They simply said, because that’s the way it’s always been done.
Not good enough.
So we ignored them and went and grew our hair and did whatever we damn well pleased.
That had its good and bad points. They said don’t do drugs, but they never said which ones. And when we discovered that marijuana was less harmful than alcohol, a drug they took in massive dosages, they lost their creditability,
So we assumed all drugs were okay,
We were wrong. Seriously WRONG!
I can tell you in all honesty that I’ve never met a person who said ‘My life was terrible until I started doing illegal drugs. Once I started doing crack, meth or heroin everything got so much better.
Never. Not Once. Not ever
What I HAVE heard So Many Times, Over and OVER throughout my life was, “It all started going downhill when I started doing coke, or meth or heroin.
It’s not recreation. It’s a path to destruction.
Here’s another thing you don’t know. TV is your enemy.
Why? Because TV tells you everything you want to hear. Want to be lied to? TV can do that. Want to be told that doing something you know is wrong is okay? In fact it’s cool? TV can do that.
Dislike a political candidate, TV will give you good reason. Hate an ethnic group. TV will show why you are right. Want to forgive a group that has done unforgivable things, TV can help you do that.
Lie, cheat, steal? TV understands.
TV is the easy way out. It will always forgive you. It will always accept you. It will be everything you want it to be …
UNTIL YOU SAY OR DO SOMETHING THAT COST’S TV MONEY.
If you do that you will make yourself a very dangerous enemy.
Oh they smile and pat you on the back and reassure you that everything is just fine. Just TRUST US, they say. We have an Ivy League education. We are smarter than you, superior to you, frankly, better than you. We are the sons and daughters of the elite, meaning the offspring of the early robber barons.
JUST SHUT UP AND SMOKE YOUR POT, WATCH YOUR PORN, PLAY YOUR VIDEO GAMES AND DON’T EVER, EVER QUESTION OUR DECISIONS!
We are very wealthy and powerful people and we learned early on how to smile as we kill.
So just keep on chanting U-S-A, U-S-A, and waving flags while we lower your standard of living, the value of your money, the right to privacy, just a little bit each and every year. Year after year. Oh yes, blame the president, the congress but most importantly, BLAME EACH OTHER! because that will keep you from blaming us,
Because frankly, you are merely cattle, to be used in any way we see fit.
You can’t win. Why? Because we have hired psychologists and pollsters who know exactly what buttons to push, what phrases to use, what people to blame to get you to do exactly what we want.
Don’t listen to your parents. They are old and out of touch. Listen to US. We are Hip and Cool and we WILL accept you AND Teach you that there are only two things that matter. Getting laid and making a lot of money by any means possible. Remember, morals are for the weak. The strong TAKE what they want.
MY generation marched on Washington, burned draft cards, fought for equal rights and demanded the vote be lowered to 18. We finally got us out of Vietnam, who, strangely enough, is now a political ally.
The forces you face, grandchildren are far more powerful than the ones we faced. We could be invisible, you can’t. Throughout history there has always been one unifying force and that is FAMILY
TV tries to destroy families because without families, children can be manipulated to believe anything they’re told. Mom and Dad, is your spouse difficult? Is your life not as happy and fulfilling as the lives you see on TV? Well, why are you putting up with that?! Why don’t you get a divorce, so you can FINALLY FIND SOMEONE WHO WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY?
Because that perfect person is out there waiting for you. That flawless person who will give you the stress free life you’ve always wanted.
There is only one problem with that. You see, THERE IS NO PERSON WHO WILL GIVE YOU THE STRESS-FREE LIFE YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED!
THERE IS NO PRINCE CHARMING, THERE IS NO MISS PERFECT!
So my dear grandchildren, let me leave you with this piece of advice. Don’t believe anything you read, hear or see on TV without personally verifying it to be true. This will take time and effort and in the beginning may make you unpopular BUT, when you can PROVE what you say is True and the media can’t, the tide will turn.
And you just might save a generation.