As the baby boom generation we have had all the benefits that come from the exercise craze and the health food awareness diet bonanza. We have learned to drink skim milk, munch wholewheat bread, and eat our veggies… Others have taken it further and have gone stock, lock and barrel into the Whole Foods, or “whole paycheck” abyss.
But it is not so much healthy living that is our biggest challenge… Perhaps it is facing mortality while seeing the previous generation die right before us… Since they were so much more likely to abuse salt, sugar and tobacco, their gerontological downfall is not pretty… But the idea that life ends so absolutely, and that their life, perhaps, ends with relatively little meaning or impact, that kills us… We are the baby-boomers and we learned to question everything, and we are perhaps the most spoiled generation…. If you think about black and white TV, how many toys kids got for the holidays prior to the 1960s and beyond, you see a picture of how colorful our lives have been…. The end, however, may not have changed much for us … and when we see our loved ones leaving we have to face their mortality in a post modern world that is perhaps more complex, less spiritual and simply busy.
The Policy ThinkShop recommends the following read in the NYTs for those of us who are being forced to see and feel the inevitable end though our eyes and our nostrils…
“Caring for the old is just like parenting an infant, only on really bad acid. It’s all there: the head-spinning exhaustion, the fractured brain, the demands and smells. Only this time with the knowledge that it won’t …”