“Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.”

That quote comes from Verna Myers, inclusion strategist,
cultural change catalyst, influencer, thought leader, social commentator, and
author. It charms me in its simplicity and truth.

Ah well, it seems perhaps we’ve
finally had enough of tribalism. The politics of clinging to this base or that
have failed to served us well and some 40% of the electorate no longer identify
with a major party or candidate. Why, you might ask, is every choice in modern
times a vote for the least-bad candidate?

But the times they are a changing. The young, those ignorant upstarts we old white men denigrated
for so long
are on the march and not
only here in America
.

In Sweden, every day for two
weeks last fall, Greta Thunberg sat quietly outside
parliament in Stockholm, handing out leaflets saying “I am doing this because you adults are shitting on my future.” Members
of the Riksdag represent the Swedish people and their task is to ensure that
the people’s will permeates all decisions taken by the Riksdag.

That ‘task’ apparently does not go down well with Greta and the amazing
thing is that her sit-down quickly took off from Sweden and became a global
phenomenon. Children responded, tired of being shat upon by ignorance and
diddling. Those who diddle, be warned.

The same trend dominates victims of school-shootings, weary
of being told a nation’s hearts and minds
are with them.
What’s no longer with
them
are their treasured schoolmates. Meanwhile, assault weapons continue
to be easily available to the mentally deranged—or simply those who want to go
out with a headline. “What’s the latest
score? Wow, bet I can beat that before killing myself and my name will be known
nationwide.

The old, rich and confused woman
who is Secretary of Education thinks arming teachers is the answer. The kids who
lost their friends think gun-control makes more sense. Our president doesn’t
think at all, except for personal gain and blind ego. But presidents, both the
best and worst, only last four or eight years.

Stalin said the death
of an individual is a catastrophe, the death of a hundred-thousand is a news
event
. Everything is a news event
these days, unless you remember the kid next door or a lost friend down the
street.

Young men and women of all races and ethnic background only
increase in ideals and power with experience, until they too become old. But
history proves that greed breeds convenient ignorance and ideals produce
wisdom.

America has been woefully
short of wisdom in recent decades and that shows up in the bozos we send to
represent us. Too few statesmen and far too many self-serving politicians.
Politics was never meant to serve self.
The Marshall Plan and Roosevelt’s social safety-nets served others.

Where has social equity, life,
liberty and freedom for all gone? The truth is, it hasn’t gone. Perhaps just a bit sleepy, driven into hibernation by several generations of forgetfulness,
driven to ground by the hubris of endless wars, fantasy entertainment and consumerism.

So what are these generations and what are their
characteristics?

I was born smack-dab in the
middle of the Silent Generation (1925-45). Born in mid Great-Depression,
we’re known for upholding our values, strong loyalty to personal beliefs and a strong
work ethic. Owing to our contributions, we’re not so silent after all. Some of
my friends wish I’d shut the hell up once in a while.

Next came the Baby
Boomers
(1946-64). Named for the post WWII birthrate, they had it all—G.I. Bill for education and
great careers in the only industrial nation not destroyed in the war. Now in
their 60s and 70s, they want to keep it
all
and are the major supporters of a locked-up, polarized, environmentally
ignorant government. Sorry folks, but Vietnam, the military industrial complex,
endless unwinnable wars and destruction of social safety-nets weren’t all that
great ideas.

GenX
(1965-79) are those Boomer’s kids and if you’re a ‘latchkey’ kid you’ll recognize yourself by absent parents, working
their ass off to get more. Meanwhile,
you’re trying like hell to raise a family, pay off student debt and take care
of your aging Boomer parents. Lots of strain on your resources. On average, you’re
$142,000 in debt, forced to rent
instead of own. Most of you are trying
to climb out from under that debt, fingers crossed for retirement.

Millennials
(1980-94), also known as GenY and
huge users of social media. A thousand
hookups on Facebook and no one to have coffee with
. We’re still trying to
figure them out, but there’s ninety-five million
of them and boy, are they confused. They were told by their parents they could have anything, be anything and were special.
Then they hit the job market and weren’t so special after all. You might call
them the ‘let-down’ generation,
over-promised by their parents.

Are you still with me? Hang on, we’re about to arrive at Greta
Thunberg’s generation and they, along with the tail-end of the Millennials, are
about to save what’s left of our world, politically, environmentally and
socially.

Strange that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, an old
white man and old white woman are their best supporters. Bernie and Liz see
them as the future and so do I and we are
right
.

GenZ (1995
to 2015) is their name and they finally seem to get it—to understand that
they’ve been lied to and pretty much ambushed—all with the best of intention.
We want our kids to do well, we’ve
just forgotten how to do that and they know it. They’re a power. They represent
25% of the population and realize, I mean really
realize, we’ve fucked it up.

GenZers are
thoroughly hooked-up and wired-in. Their heroes (along with the aforementioned
Bernie and Liz) are Elon Musk, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar. They
understand that the climate is nearly beyond repair, healthcare wrecked,
education financially out of reach, income equality a mirage and the social net
torn to shreds.

They also know that governments and corporations throughout
the world are willing to stand by and watch it happen.

That’s not their tribe.

We’ve seen them rise up in the 2018 mid-terms and may not
see them in full dress uniforms in 2020, but they’re on the march. 

God love
‘em, they’re an army that can’t and won’t be beat.

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