Quote of the week

To set this up, here’s a WaPo headline: “Baby boomers are killing themselves at an alarming rate, raising question: Why?”

Now if you look at that URL, you’ll discover that in place of “raising” is the word “begging,” which is not what’s being done here, although “begging the question” is seriously misunderstood as a concept of late. As to “Why,” though, I can quote you the opinion of Vox Day:

The generation that has had to put up with the vagaries of the Baby Boomers for literally its entire existence knows very well why they are killing themselves at an unusually high rate. It is because Baby Boomers are disproportionately inclined to be narcissistic, selfish, short-sighted, superficial bastards who don’t give a damn about anything except themselves, and they are psychologically incapable of grasping the basic concepts of mortality or graceful old age… The realization that 65 is not, in fact, the new 18, and they really and truly are not cool anymore, is simply proving too much for them to bear.

Having never been cool, I’m having less trouble with the concepts of mortality and/or graceful old age.

Still, there’s an upside, according to Day:

Now, I wouldn’t want anyone to think Generation X is actually inclined to celebrate these rampant Boomer suicides. It doesn’t fill us with glee to know they are offing themselves en masse, merely a modicum of appreciation for the first positive and non-selfish consequences their generation’s actions have ever produced. Say what you will about them, but at least they are saving us an amount of effort.

Although I have to look at this in connection with a popular whine among Boomer kids, many years ago: “I didn’t ask to be born!”

The proper response, of course, is “If you had, the answer would have been No.” Day, I think, could appreciate that.







6 comments

  1. Roger Green »

    8 June 2013 · 6:28 pm

    It’s also the case that a LOT of people commit suicide every day. There was this story about military suicides, and the fact that they went DOWN as a percentage of the general population suicides.

    Also, there are just a LOT of baby boomers, so it would stand to reason that at least a fair number would choose to off themselves as they age; that brown acid just wasn’t that good.

  2. Jeffro »

    8 June 2013 · 9:37 pm

    It doesn’t fill us with glee to know they are offing themselves en masse, merely a modicum of appreciation for the first positive and non-selfish consequences their generation’s actions have ever produced. Say what you will about them, but at least they are saving us an amount of effort.

    Really? Boomers have been nothing but selfish? No notable accomplishments at all?

    FOAD, I say.

  3. Dick Stanley »

    9 June 2013 · 3:18 am

    Look on the bright side. Some day we may all cheer the only notable Boomer accomplishment, saving Medicare and Social Security from bankruptcy.

  4. Charles Pergiel »

    9 June 2013 · 2:30 pm

    Generalizations like these are worthless. People haven’t changed for 10,000 years, the contents of one generation are not much different than any other.

  5. fillyjonk »

    10 June 2013 · 7:55 am

    Generalizations ARE worthless. I STILL harbor a lot of resentment for the “slacker” label applied to my own generation. (I wonder what the stats are for Gen Xers on anti-hypertensive or anti-anxiety medications are. I’m on the first and have been threatened with the second).

    That said, I would like to see a return to the concept of growing old gracefully, instead of Madison Ave. pushing botox and hair dye and surgeries and God knows what else at us, implying that obscuring the fact we are mortal is tantamount to immortality….

  6. Charles Pergiel »

    10 June 2013 · 10:47 am

    filly: that’s why I read Dustbury. No ads.

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