Why the heavy title, Danny Boy?
I never liked "Generation X" and "Generation Y." They say nothing about our people. Not like "The Lost Generation" of the 1920s, or "The Greatest Generation" that weathered the Depression before making the world safe for democracy. X and Y mean nothing. And the attempts thus far to give us a better name have all been phenomenally awful. "Echo Boomers" is probably my least favorite attempt at generation rape. It's bad enough my dad tried to live vicariously through me by making me play high school football; I sure as shit don't need the entire Baby Boomer generation trying to reclaim their youth by casting their shadows over us.
Besides, the "Echo Boomers" tag still misses the mark -- it fails to define anything about us. To do so, we should look at our world now, and as it will be when we lay claim to leadership. America's debt ceiling was just raised to $9 trillion (with a fucking "T," for God's sake), and it's only going higher. Global warming, despite the protestations of the idiots who claim to represent us in Washington, is alarmingly real, and will cause massive climate change over the coming century. And don't forget the fact that many experts -- even those inside the oil industry -- have said that global oil production has peaked, and will slowly run out over this century as well, even while all previous generations did nothing to ween us off fossil fuels.
By the time our generation comes to power, we will inherit a dying world with little fuel, swelling oceans, extinct species and a national debt that makes Mount Everest look like an anthill. We are accused of being apathetic, but the talking heads who make these claims fail to see that sheer apathy doesn't motivate our pull toward immediacy -- toward the NOW of loud music, cheap sex and hazy memories. Instead, it is a malaise that comes with the understanding that, by the time our generation inhabits the halls of power in business and in politics, the world will be a stinking hellhole growing worse by the minute. We are the Doomed Generation. We will reap the whirlwind sown by our forefathers, and so we have resigned ourselves to getting our kicks while we can.
This blog will sometimes be about that Doom -- about the latest political stupidity that will cause a short-term celebration while giving us another headache to deal with in 20 years.
But most of the time, this blog will be about those kicks.