It’s funny how this our generation thinks it discovered ‘wokeness’, and that our parents are living dinosaurs who don’t have a clue about what it is to be young and liberated and seeking freedom from the shackles of societal norms, that their views and wisdom is stale, and that they just don’t understand anything we’re going through.

We ‘found’ some education, drugs, sex, and social media and suddenly we think we’re far too ahead of the times to do things the normal way. Suddenly we’re ‘gods’, totally emancipated beyond the boundaries of courtesy, moderation and common sense, and filled with enough insight to re-invent life’s wheel as it were.

What a time to be alive.

If only we knew, that before this current renaissance was the roaring 20s. If that sounds too far-fetched, then the sexual revolution of the 60s and 70s when free love, homosexuality, and substance abuse became a thing and characterized youthful defiance is much closer to home.

Many of our parents were involved one way or another in those tumultuous decades, swinging without a care and blazing smoke in dimly lit disco halls, and many of us today are products of that sudden emancipation from erstwhile societal ‘repression’. Our parents became ‘woke’ and ‘killed’ tradition, and we’re the results.

So whenever you think you’re now too ‘woke’ for sense, remember that your parents (as unlikely as it may sound) probably felt the same way at some point in time. Let me be the one to break it to you that your new found liberation is dated, your elitism tenured, and soon another generation of ‘breakaways’ will be here to make fun of your annoyingly parochial outlook. In a few years, your children will probably be worse than you are now, and you’d be there wondering exactly how it was that they came to be that way.

Maybe this will help you to keep things in perspective as you bounce around in your drive to upstage laid down norms and procedures, querulously railing against everything and everyone in sight that you consider conservative, filled as you are with new ‘fire’.

Life is a cycle, and what goes around, definitely does come around.


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