Forgive my tardiness, but a body needs to sleep. And then, adjust to the new time zone, rain, new flipping coffee pot with an attitude, breakfast… Then, process the information provided. Then, reread comments posted on other posts. Then, compare them. Then, scratch head.
John McDevitt asked me:
What were you scratching about?”
If you were not tuned into yesterday’s noon post, you may need to flip back there to see what we are discussing. It will only one part of today’s Talk Tuesday. You see, this discussion did not begin in yesterday’s post. In fact, it began with a poem. (For all you artists who think poetry is for wimps and serves no purpose…tune into this.)
Now, the posts will give you a bit to chew, but the comments are where the potatoes, salad and meade are. We are on our way to the dessert.
Break it Down
I asked four questions yesterday, but felt like there was some confusion as to what I was asking. The questions were:
Think about the change in values from the Depression Era parents to the Baby Boomers.
- With the condensed (and necessarily politically incomplete) version of the history above, what attitude change caused the reversal of the acceptance of war?
- Is economic priority shift the sole cause for the change in attitude toward war?
- How does this translate to the war attitudes with which Baby Boomers have raised their children?
- To which generation do you belong and what is the pervasive war attitude of the generation:
- Jones (1954-1964)
- X (Baby Busters, 1965-1981)
- Y (Millenials, 1982-1993)
- Z (Internet Generation, 1994-present)
Let me break it down into more manageable bites (without giving away my answers):
- Taking into account the shift in the global attitude toward wealth, credit and family finance (fortunes, disposable income, personal spending); the prevalence of war in the current time (last fifty years in Middle East, Africa, South America, Asia); and current engagement of (or lack thereof) diplomacy as a viable method to preclude armed hostility…which paradigm shift is most responsible for the current acceptance of war? (This question does not assume the answer is one of the ones listed in the post or the question nor that such answer is not a combination of factors.)
- This one is pretty clear. Yes or No suffices…for now.
- More than one comment points to the monetary angle being pivotal in the declaration and maintenance of war. How does the attitude toward money change the attitude toward war, if it does?
- Your generation feels a specific way about war, with obvious exceptions, possibly you. If you do not know what your contemporaries feel, just give your personal attitude. If you do not know which generation is yours, use the years above and this addendum:
Lost Generation (1883-1900)
Greatest Generation (The GI Generation 1901-1924)
Silent Generation (Depression Era 1925-1945)
Wait a cotton-picking minute!
Before you jump to answering, think about what you read in Philanthropy is not just for old rich people. Some of the comments there contradict some of the attitudes shown thus far. I am left wondering which one is the most pervasive. If you flip-flopped from the Philanthropy post to the World post, let me know why.
John is correct. This is leading somewhere. I will tie together four posts in the focus of Talk Tuesday (which barring a flood or a satellite falling through the sky will be on time @ 2000 EDT, GMT -5). I hope you will be back to see where this discussion leads.
Please, please, please, please….
This post, like the other two, are not not not NOT NOT about the causes of wars. This is not a political forum. The focus of this is very narrow: Why, when and how did our attitude on war change?
(c) Ann Marie Dwyer 2012
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