Greatest generation, my ass.
Stick with me here, and feel free to prove
My new pet theory (very new, so I apologize for any huge gaps), is that the current state of affairs in the US is the result of a downward spiral that began, socially, with World War II.
The reason I've been thinking about this so much, is because the level of intelligence amongst the average American citizen seems to be in a state of perpetual decline. It is as if IQ points are melting away with the polar ice caps (ba dum tish). You can literally watch people become dumber if you wait long enough.
The evidence is everywhere, from how people drive, to how they treat their children, and their bodies, and the environment, and what they believe, and how they vote, and the list goes on and on. The issue isn't with people who don't think like me
, but with people who don't think, period
I posit that it begain with WWII, and I got there by working backwards from today. We are a nation of stupid fatties. Our parents are obviously, by and large, not very good at what they did - even if their hearts are in the right places. They abetted ignorance, and foster it in their children. I'm talking about people in their 20's to 30's, and their parents. Idiots, it's fair to say, more often than not.
Back up to their parents, and you have the hippies. Peace and love and drugs and antiestablishmentarianism and anarchy and who cares as long as it feels good. The ultimate rebels. It all came to a head with the summer of love in 1967.
Back up around 20 years, and you're in post-war America. Johnny came marching home, yanked out of high school to be Nazi fodder...left a naive young boy, and came back a hardened war hero during some of the most important formative years of his life and development of his brain. The rules and culture of the military are, as Bear could attest, not conducive to the development of nurturing and compassionate parents.
So when Johnny did come marching home, he was happy to see an American woman waiting for him, and he nailed her every chance they got. They all did. Hence the baby boom.
And usually, I blamed much of what ails America on the baby boomers. But we didn't suddenly get a generation of selfish, formerly rebellious, incredibly liberal assholes from nowhere. We got them from the greatest generation. Their gifts to us were our freedom and safety from the Nazi's, and a punch in the kidneys by way of the shitty job they did as parents. And now, around 60 years later, the tab is coming due in a huge way. These self-centered dimwits have fucked away their entire lives, with nothing to show for it - most hardly have the decency to carry life insurance - and two or three generations of children will have to fund their ungrateful asses (the boomers, not the WWII vets) while we try to provide for our own.
Well, thanks a pantload there grandpa. I wish you'd have kept it in your pants, or at least yanked a knot in your kids tail once in a while.
There is probably a good book someone can recommend, and I'd love to read it. But even your respective observations and opinions would be interesting to me.