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Written by Basil on 09/22/2004 1:06 AM. Filed under:

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People try to put us d-down (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Just because we get around (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I hope I die before I get old (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
The Who, “My Generation”

(In response to Juliana’s post on Kid’s Food and getting old.)

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4 Responses to “My Generation”

  1. alana Says:

    Hey man, you’re getting old, too…and I believe the ones who wrote that song are even older still. But as a gen X er, I never really felt the need to reinvent…to stamp my foot and say: “here I am, by dingy”…maybe that’s why it’s generation X. Are we invisible?

  2. Erich Says:

    I like being in Generation X, to tell you the truth. We were never movers and shakers, but just constant skeptics, suffering from a Pearl Jam sorta existential angst. Could be a constructive thing. However, in the end, I think I’d subscribe to a deconstruction of generational typology.

  3. basil Says:

    There are multiple levels of irony in choosing that quote to respond to your post. Primarily the idea that the people you were quoting are parroting a fave expression of the Baby Boomers. But there is also irony in that John Entwistle, bassist for The Who, died a couple of years ago.

    I think Generation X is defined in part by its refusal to be defined. Most Xers I know, including myself to some degree, hate being labelled Generation X, because it is a way of labelling, boxing-in, defining. Xers, above all, want to be their own uniqueness and be recognized for that rather than for whatever makes them like everyone else. Yet, ironically, they also have a very deep need for community. It is very schizoid, actually.

  4. Chris Dmitri Says:

    I have been thinking for a long time that it is not the “sacremental theology” and community that brings some GenXers into Orthodoxy, but the idea that they are joining a counter-counter-culture movement.

    Of course they stay for the sacremental theology and community.