Generation Gaps Widening (time for healing)


As the planet experiences deeper crisis and during a time when diverse populations including the different generations need to come together get us off the course of disaster, generation gaps appear to be widening.  Astrologically, we can look at the generation markers with Pluto in Cancer (people in their late golden years), Pluto in Leo (baby boomers just entering their retirement years), Pluto in Virgo (Generation X and shadow boomers) who feel locked out, Pluto in Libra and Pluto in Scorpio (Generation Y and beyond) and we can see that specific generations dominate and are unwilling to cooperate.

200px-WDollhouseMoviePosterMy personal experiences are with the shadow boomers and Generation X since I’m on the cusps of these two generation, born in 1964.  I can speak from my personal experiences and then include a funny clip from “Family Ties” and links to articles about the generation gap between baby boomers, and generation X and Y, though Y generation seems to be landing the bulk of employment these days.  I can also point out observations from my experiences growing up with Eisenhower Era parents and educated by mainly the hippie generation from K-12 which continued during my studies at a progressive university.

Now, I think brainwash is too strong of a term, but the baby boomer teachers and professors did shape my consciousness by force feeding me their progressive beliefs.  Unfortunately, all children find them selves in the precarious position of having adults shape their worldviews through their patterns, beliefs, perceptions and opinions of the world.  And teaching dualism (those people are wrong and we are right) to young minds is a dangerous game.  Messages of the baby boomers also dominated commercial radio airwaves, the television, Hollywood, and other media during my formative years.

200px-Family_TiesAnd I’m not saying that these messages were all bad, but they were one-sided and any debate of that time had a fiery nature to it, thus the Pluto in Leo, a fire sign, generation.  Not only that, the baby boomers have an abundance of creative talent, but that doesn’t give them the right to hog the stage or the media spotlight.  And some of us have grown tired of baby boomers rehashing their glory days.  Really, they looked like stoned fools rolling in the mud at Woodstock.  And this drop out of society bit while playing the role of absentee parents stoned on this or that drug or consciousness movement of the moment caused damage to all those latchkey confused kids.  Yes, I would agree change and transformation of society is necessary, but those changes start in the home and by giving children some kind of structure.

The television show “Family Ties” offers us more than moments to laugh at ourselves, but a nugget of truth about what happens to children whose parents live extreme ideals. While there’s nothing wrong with the father who manages PBS or the mother who works as an architect, (at least they’re at home with the children and aren’t smoking dope), we can see how feeding children sprouts and granola or pushing 1960s ideals on children (as a polarity) backfires with the emergence of yuppy children.  In fact, there’s a funny line in the following clip where the father tells the yuppy child Alex to backpack to Mexico or hop a freight train at his age and Alex replies, “Dad, this isn’t the 1960s.” (Or something to that effect).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSYbBdEPQ0c

I was around the age of the children characters while this show ran in the 1980s and I have to say that I related to the children, and not the progressive parents.  But at some point in my university years, I was exposed to new age spirituality, a vegetarian diet, animal rights advocacy, shamanism, paganism, and a lot of 1960s philosophies.  Whether I borrowed these values or whether I adopted them as my own through peer pressure is a question that I ask myself.  I also would like to know my authentic self, not the self my parents shaped or the self that the baby boomers shaped, but the real me.  While I enjoyed the music, cinema, and art of the baby boomers, as well as, exploring the new age concepts, I am from another generation with a different mission on the planet.

I also, like others from my generation, carry a deep-seated resentment of the baby boomers hogging the stage in all industries and acting as gatekeepers that kept my generation out.  When I graduated from college with ambitious dreams, I couldn’t get my foot in the door to land a communications position.  Instead, I worked at a cafe which gave me the label of slacker.  New age teachers of the baby boomer generation would preach to me that if I bought their books or attended their workshops I too could have a life like theirs–I could have it all.  Now, I know all of that was bogus because I could barely pay the rent working customer service jobs and entry-level office jobs, much less attend an expensive workshop that lined the pockets of baby boomers.

And the odd thing about baby boomers is that they are complaining now that they will lose their entitlement programs which they receive from a government they despise.  You can’t have it both ways, but perhaps those Pluto in Leo folks think that they can.  Perhaps, they are reaping the benefits of all their years of saying that we don’t need government or at least not one that doesn’t do their bidding for them.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that this generation doesn’t deserve their social security benefits that they earn through work, but only that they should take a look at their double standards because they’re coming off, at least the more progressive baby boomers, as hypocrites, as well as, a little selfish.  But what’s not to love with this Leo bunch?

So back to generation X who baby boomers shut out of the job market back in the 1980s and 1990s when these folks graduated from college.  Well, the smart generation X people formed bands, started a do-it-yourself movement that has flourished beyond their generation, and became entrepreneurs.  Some got jobs at software companies launched by people from their generation, but many just stayed in menial jobs (Pluto in Virgo wants to serve) while others went to school to study alternative healing or massage.  And the sad thing about this generation is that it is sandwiched between a generation who wouldn’t allow them into the job market in the 1980s and a younger generation now in their 30s who won’t allow them in the job market now.

So people in their 40s and 50s are finding themselves living back with their parents from whatever generation, working menial jobs once again, and getting rejected from jobs because they might have gained their experience through contract work instead of the usual climb the ladder routine.  Maybe when it comes to hiring, human resource managers would rather hire a people pleasing Pluto in Libra employee rather than a critical thinker with a service mentality Pluto in Virgo employee.  But people from generation X are not getting any younger and their mid-life crisis is not run-of-the-mill, considering that perimenopausal women of this generation just see their retirement years fast approaching with nothing to show for their employment years.

This was a generation that did not gain relationship skills or any real structure from their parenting if their parents came from the baby boomer generation.  The more progressive types from that generation would have shunned anything that would have defined structure for previous generations and would have lent itself in the way of survival and relationship skills.  What this generation taught us was how to be rude to authority figures, how to disrupt places of business, and perhaps write soapbox rants, not that the Pluto in Virgo folks don’t do their own share of ranting.  Here are two articles as examples.

http://crosscut.com/2010/09/13/mossback/20101/If-you-hate-Baby-Boomers-this-is-article-for-you/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2012/02/28/approaching-mid-life-are-gen-xers-doomed/

So where do we go from here? How do we close the generation gaps?  Pluto in Leo folks could admit their mistakes and that they don’t have all the answers.  They could also show more humility and share the world stage with younger and older people and communities.  Pluto in Virgo folks could stop over analyzing and criticizing everything and do what they came to this planet to do, serve the higher good.  Pluto in Libra folks could stop playing nicy nice and dig below the surface.  Stop trying to please others and admit that they have shadows too.  Pluto in Scorpio folks (in their 20s now) could lighten up and stop blaming others for their shortcomings and take responsibility for their feelings and actions.  And so on…

Whether we like it or not, we all share this planet.  And if we think of the planet as a sandbox, then we had better stop crapping in the sandbox unless we like the smell of our crap.  I’m guessing we don’t.  Every generation has a piece of the puzzle and every generation deserves its time in the spotlight. The problem is that the baby boomers never got off the stage and its about time that they yield to others, if not out of humility then at least out of common sense.  While some shows must go on, the Pluto in Leo generation’s show ended decades ago, and on some level, members of this large aging generation know it.

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5 thoughts on “Generation Gaps Widening (time for healing)

  1. Hmmm. Wonder about some of the groupings and generalities, but interesting. Lots of who you group as “boomers” had nothing to do with the Woodstock kids…it was almost like parallel universes in that time period around here. Many of the born during WWII and immediately after wouldn’t stand near the hippie group – quite a lot of animosity. Sort of “Four Seasons” and the “Lettermen” albums fans (oldest group, most traditional, Lots of drinking) vs Beachboy surfer group(ok they often did weed, sort of a transitional group in age and thinking to the next one) vs folk singing (started with early WWII birth group upwards with political activism, environmental concerns, and rejection of materialism – some of which morphed to the next group) vs Janis Joplin/Jefferson Airplane/ Beatles/Stones (These were the ones at Woodstock – stated out with free minds with LSD and sunk into heroin/speed addition. Most college kids did not relate to this group) and there were also the R& B blues /Stones (could do drugs or alcohol. Some moved back and forth to fold singing group Often traditional in thought. wide age group)
    You could break it down even more…..but a biggest easiest divide with Viet Nam opinions ( Lettermen group vs Jefferson Airplane group)
    All I am saying is analysts of groups may be unfamiliar with actual time periods and tend to see groupings as they wish.
    Early born during war/end of war seem to raise kids pretty traditionally.
    Family Ties was a funny show – but those parents would have been considered the exception by everyone I knew/know. The contrasts were hilarious.
    I can tell you from having taught school (Jr / Sr high) during the mid 70-80 There was a big shift in kids’ attitudes. The 70’s kids were wild and often stoned. Their younger brothers and sister behind them watched those antics and self destruction and the crisis that behavior caused in families and the younger siblings became more conservative, tradtional and rejected their older sibling’s behavior.
    In the late 90’s once again kids seem to be shifting away from wild. (Music divide seemed to be country vs rap vs rock)
    So it’s a constant swing back and forth ( with the stars and music all.)
    I do like your post – intriguing and makes sense.
    All retired and about to retire (60+) that I have come in contact with are perfectly happy to step aside if they can afford it – but many lost everything during the 80’s have been repeatedly laid off, or having to help support kids or grandkids.
    The really old retirees – and the early born after WWII may be living longer, but were raised to be self reliant – who wants to burden their kids with their care? (My retired cousin saw this possibility with his 101 yr old father although the father worked and smart enough to save all his life)
    Entitlements? It’s not an entitlement if it’s been paid for already by years and years of work.
    I was also surprise to find out how much retired people have to pay out of their own pocket to enroll in medicare and medicaid – it’s not free at all. It’s expensive. Those costs are as high or higher than regular insurance costs (Universities and companies force individuals to go onto federal programs once 65 – the company insurance option isn’t available to older workers even if they are willing to pay)
    The ones I know in late 20’s-mid 30’s seem to despair the economy is bad, their pay won’t support the lifestyle they thought they would have – debt is high, the gov takes so much, housing is so expensive and job security doesn’t exist. (and then there’s the ones who took courses in college that won’t get them a job – and those loans are due).
    The ones 5-10 years older (40yrs) I know seem to have wandered through a couple of careers but have managed to find a niche, start having homes and families – but are seeing the costs of raising children and college loom.
    All age groups are worried about their parents’ finances and health.
    And realistically “age” is a variable with family genetics (length of life), physical health, mental abilities….some oldsters are younger if all considered.
    It looks to me like if we’re going to make it through, everyone needs to put things aside and sit down at the table and figure out what the pieces are and how each function according to their skills and abilities to put the puzzle together. It’s not a war. Time play nice and find each in a workable spot. The way companies run is different now. No longer do they advance from within. There is no loyalty to works – and workers must watch out from themselves. GOvernment regulations/lawsuits make it cost effective to contract work out. Globalization, and merges have brought us this. The game has changed completely.
    Sorry this is long – it’s a very interesting topic. I always have seen music as the pulse of a group.

    • Well said, and yes, I made some generalizations to get my point across and that is generations are not getting along well at this point.

      I know that the Baby Boomers are a large population that started in the early 40s and some people say that the generation spans until 1964, but I use the astrological markers and Pluto moved into Virgo in 1957 starting what I’ve been told is called the shadow boomers.. But Pluto stayed in Virgo until 1969, possibly 1970, I would need to look up exact dates.

      So yes, there were conservative people in the baby boomer generation, but they’re not the ones complaining about the loss of entitlements as much as the former hippies. And yes, I know about animosity between people in the baby boomer generation–those for the Vietnam War and those against it, is one example. But the ones against it got the most press and those are the ones I met growing up. I didn’t meet conservative baby boomers to much later.

      Conservative and liberal values do swing this way and that with each generation, but that wasn’t the point I was trying to make.

      People in their 30s are doing quite well for themselves. I’m out there trying to find a job and these are the people most likely to land jobs available and the Pluto in Libra generation are people pleasers plus they have the computer skills. I don’t know about 20 somethings not finding employment because the ones I’ve met have an easier time finding employment than I do. Perhaps this is because employers can pay them less.

      The generation that’s hurting the most right now as far as getting cut out of the job market is Generation X and the shadow boomers, again people born under Pluto in Virgo. I’m in this generation and I can vouch for it. Many of us had to become entrepreneurs whether we wanted to or not and contract work has been the norm. When the economy busted circa 2008, those contracts dried up and we had to reenter the job market.

      Also many of the people living with the aging baby boomers are people of my generation because of this work situation. It’s been in my face since 2008. I can’t help but notice this trend.

      You’re right and I mention that baby boomers deserve their entitlements that they worked for, but I find it ironic that a generation that is known for the hippie movement would be sucking up to a government I thought they despised. At least that’s how I see it.

      Sadly, since the baby boomer population is so large, there will be no funds left for generations after them, who also worked and put money back into the system. Even contract workers pay into these programs. I’ll never see a cent from it.

      • We all see things based on our own differences – and regions. in research we looked at the national numbers. You are in a tough competative field in an area that may be limited in opportunites. So much is done on networking and who you know now.
        I do feel you are overestimating the number of people who actually identified with Woodstock and that philosophy – and the real hippies ( who pronounced themselves “dead” in late 60’s and the CA scene ended with many dead from drug use. Those 2 groups did not make up the majority although many dressed and talked the talk…those kids grew up to be the parents who wanted to give their kids everything they didn’t have – and morphed into yuppies ( money not ideas became important.)
        It would have been better if the entitlements never existed and everyone was responsible for themselves – some of the ones who are yelling the loudest are those who never put much into the system -relying on sympathy from others – like the grasshopper and the ant – Americans find it hard to say no to pleading unfortunately. I am older than you but not retirement age – I have seen downsizing, layoffs worked contracts, seen younger less qualified people hired who do a poor job, seen foreign workers(European) who have little “work place” English that is needed to do the research and interviews kept because of who they know. Life is hard. The 80’s we almost lost everything. You are better off working for yourself and controlling your own destiny. I started a company and it worked until we needed real insurance – so my company brought in the least – so I worked where I had to for insurance. You do what you have to do. Still with all the hard times, the best shot for a good life is your own company. Find a tiny crack and dig in.
        I do love the sun and stars that guide you – I did some of that in college – but being sensitive to things was warned – and progress further. Life is what it is. You know there is energy to use. Please don’t be discouraged…sometimes trying to sort the chaos is time consuming and a distraction along the way – go with the gut fearlessly and without looking back – without darkness tugging you down. Life is especially hard right now – I have hope for what’s ahead – might as well. peace and warmth.

  2. There are some interesting ideas here, and this is something I have thought about a lot as well. I am in the Pluto Libra generation, born on March 18, 1975. I have Pluto in Leo parents, and a lot of my group does as well (I am in the Pluto Libra, Scorpio Uranus, Sagitarius Neptune combination). I agree with what you are saying about Pluto in Leo. I think Pluto Libra has also been shut out in a lot of ways though- besides the Pluto Libras who know how to play the game as you describe. I think Pluto Libra, I am feeling now, is sort of a mediator role between these generations. The Uranus-Neptune generation coming up now, most of whom have Pluto in Scorpio, are going to be powerful, and so I feel we are in between this group and the Pluto Virgos who are so powerful with the Pluto-Uranus, and then of course we all know a lot about the Pluto Leos! We all do need to learn to work together, that is for sure. I also grew up watching “Family Ties,” but I had the opposite experience- Pluto Leo parents who were excessively conservative politically, capitalistic, and patriotic like the Michael J. Fox character.

    • Oh, yes the baby boomers have conservative members too and in fact, the hippie radicals were a small percentage of this large generation. My generation the Pluto in Virgos unfortunately for too long fell into the overly defensive/victim role which I hope we are crawling out of now. But you can’t really blame us for feeling defensive when we were born during the start and progress of the Vietnam War, in the heat of the Civil Rights movements and in our first years of life, there were three major assassinations of famous figures (President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy Sr., and Martin Luther King, Jr.), several overdoses of rock musicians, etc…But you’re right that Pluto/Uranus when it stops victimizing, does lend itself to wield power.

      I like your description of the Libra Generation acting as mediators. The double Plutonians (Pluto in Scorpio) play games and are power hungry, which bothers some of us older folks. This of course is a generalization and not true for every person born in this generation, but the tendency is there and some of those kids are hateful. Of course, they grew up with wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, etc…There real role is to bring transformation to the planet, but they need to grow into this power responsibly and that’s a real challenge for Scorpio, a sensitive and defensive sign. These are usually the children of the Pluto in Virgo folks, not the best parents in the world, I’ve been told.

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