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The Politics of Aging

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The Politics of Aging

“Sgt. Pepper’s Paradise” – Guns N’ Roses vs. The Beatles vs. Jimmy James
“Fine Line” – Paul McCartney
“Coffee & TV” – Blur
“Once Upon a Time” – Air
“Le Premier Amore” – Anaïs
“Golden Age” – TV on the Radio
“Strange Overtones” – David Byrne & Brian Eno
“A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger” – of Montreal
“Just a Friend With the Clap” – Shirley Ellis vs. Biz Markie
“Go There With You (Radio Edit)” – Chin Chin
“Bull Black Nova” – Wilco
“Longing for a Frozen Sky” – Ernst Reijseger, Patricio Mura & Gianluca Frau
“Divine” – Sebastian Tellier
“Tonight” – Koop & Mikael Sundin

So I’m 30 years old.  Suddenly age seems to matter more.  My generation is largely discontent with the political agendas of the baby boomers.  We’re also relatively vocal about that.  Baby boomers don’t seem too fond of us, either, often opting for some weird victimization complex as their arguments against social change.  They think we’re bitter and we think they are bitter.

It’s trickier than it seems, though, because this is my parents’ generation.  People who were around for the 60’s, before the “revolution” became a televised pop concert.  I understand their victimization insomuch that most of them really did try (and often still try) to make life better for our generation and yet we largely still refuse to accept their stringent conservatism.  This so often boils down to logic vs. emotion – and that seems to be where the divide exists.  Perhaps if the baby boomers had access to the internet when they were young, gay marriage wouldn’t be such a big deal.  In any case, the two generations have a lot to sort through if any real progress in social reform is going to be made before they die and we take their place.  By that time, we may hold on to our outdated belief systems with the same jaded pretense.

For now, though, the least we can say is that things slip and slide with age.  The changing of beliefs and boundaries goes many different ways, with many different effects.  The relationship between these meandering generations is a bittersweet one.  Kids don’t want to hate their parents.  Parents don’t want to hate their kids.  But yet the kids, seemingly ungrateful to the provisions of the parents, are refusing to follow them to the end.  And the parents, disillusioned by the corruption of past hopes, have hardened to the point of taking offense to their children striving for so many of the same ideals.

I wish this mix was as crisply discernible as all that.  All that, however, is just one current observation amid a slew of new political motivations we come to take on in response to growing older.  As you try to figure them out and accept them, refer to this mix as necessary.