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Old 07-01-2008, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Near Manito
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Gloom and Doom Rule the Baby Boom | LiveScience

The study leaders say the bleak outlook is not just about reaching middle age. "Boomers generally have been downbeat, compared with other age groups, for the past two decades," they report. "So their current sour ratings may be related to getting older, but they also may be related to the attitudes and expectations about life they formed when they were young."
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Old 07-01-2008, 02:30 PM
 
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Is that why more boomers are retiring earlier than any genration in history and they control most of the wealth in this country.Maybe they are downbeat because of teh current generation you think?
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Old 07-01-2008, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Happy, prosperous and early retired boomer here! Guess they asked the wrong folks.

Not only that, I'm also excited and optimistic about the future, just suppose I'm a significant contrarian.

However, all kidding aside, I can look at this from a legitimate perspective too. There are multiple reasons for the more pessimistic view of life and the future:

- Excessive self perceptions
- Minimized willingness of many folks to invest in relationships
- Changing economic process altering core values, such as corporate loyalty (both ways)
- Enhanced worldwide economic competition
- Growing up in an environment with unrealistic economic entitlement expectations
- Poor understanding of the value of giving, vs receiving
- Viewing relationships as disposable
- Lack of willingness to strategically plan long term finances
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:21 PM
 
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Lack of willingness to strategically plan long term finances
That's a very good point. Kids should be taught over and over and over again that wealth accumulates over time, and that the earlier you start saving and investing, the more of an impact compound interest and long-term growth trends can have on your assets. I simply don't think people understand this principle before it's getting to be too late.
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Boise
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Boomers are full of themselves and whine a lot. I can't wait until they're all in the nursing homes.
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:34 PM
 
Location: South Side
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For that information to make any sense, wouldn't they have to assess other generations (at the same age span) to find the difference? Maybe folks get depressed as they age.

[Woodstock veteran]
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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For that information to make any sense, wouldn't they have to assess other generations (at the same age span) to find the difference? Maybe folks get depressed as they age.

[Woodstock veteran]
Actually, recent research has shown the opposite to be true (I was surprised too):

Old age can be a time of happiness - 06/01/2008 - MiamiHerald.com (broken link)
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:55 PM
 
Location: southern california
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many false teachings in the 60's.
wont go into them.
i would say i am grateful to get thru it and life is pretty good for the most part.
re san francisco, not all the hippies were dumb hippies. many shaved put on a suit and worked in the san francisco financial district & did quite well.
but a whole lota them OD'ed in golden gate park, skull fracture was a common ER cause of death (drug disputes), but also infections untreated.
fyi probably rabbi lerner is the most knowledgeable author i have read on how all this affected us as a people.
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:10 PM
 
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"Boomers generally have been downbeat, compared with other age groups, for the past two decades," they report. "So their current sour ratings may be related to getting older, but they also may be related to the attitudes and expectations about life they formed when they were young."

I attribute it more to their maturing during a time of a shrinking manufacturing base, significant outsourcing of good-paying blue and white-collar jobs, disappearing pensions, and escalating health care costs.... The things they expected to be there for them are disappearing...

I think they also expected to have too much, and are too obsessed with material possessions.

Be content with what you have - you'll be much happier in life.

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Old 07-01-2008, 09:51 PM
 
Location: los angeles
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Can't quite say I was a "flower child" in the late 60's [1970's was my coming of age. But as a student, I did participate in peace demonstrations [one was a Mass conducted by a priest & Christians in front of the induction center in Oakland in order to express moral responsibility to end a pointless war [amazing how history repeats itself]. Civil disobedience was occurring but only a small number [ie Peoples Park].

A generation’s expression to reject greedy capitalism in favor of a free-loving utopia [juvenile idealism & a genuine desire to form a better society]. Self-regulation of resources is not a new notion [European/Canada] & not a threat to anything [universal health care\ increased funding of schools free into college\ focus on environmental concerns [water/air/future] \full funding of medical research\ fiscal commitment to energy options [including nuclear] & vigorous support of job development [highways/airports].

Those "1960's" visions are becoming reality [too bad reactionary Republicans resist what is right for what is selfish anti-social
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