October 28, 2010

The 1960s was not a pivotal decade

Posted in stuff I think about tagged , at 6:58 pm by weiszguy

It’s getting a little old.  Why do we keep hearing about the “Pivotal 1960s“, the “Counterculture of the 1960s“, or the “turbulent 60s“?  Why do we worship the 1960s?

Yes, the 60s offed the Kennedy’s and Martin Luther King Jr. Yes, there was that little struggle in Southeast Asia. Yes, we went to the moon. But so what? Is that any more “pivotal” than any other decade? Has anything “turbulent” happened in this decade? The September 11 terrorist attacks and the election of the first black US president spring immediately to mind. But nobody calls the 2000s turbulent.

Is there nothing countercultural about Lady Gaga, Eminem, or Madonna?

Come to think of it, has there ever been a decade that wasn’t turbulent? In the 1970s we had Watergate. In the 1980s we had the beginning of the digital revolution. How about the 1940s – can anybody think of anything pivotal from that decade? How about the 1860s? The 1770s?

The 1960s were no different from any other decade. The only reason we look back in awe at the 1960s is because the people from that generation, the baby-boomers, write about it in hushed tones. They grew up then, and so they think the world began with them. They think they changed everything. The world was monochrome and monotonous before they arrived, but – praise God – they did arrive.

The fact is, turbulent times have always been with us, and they will always be with us.  There is nothing new under the sun.  Boomers, I love you, but you can have your 60s back. We don’t want ’em.


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