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generalizing generations

There's some good insight in these articles (cited below) on the way we speak of "generations" and how we dismiss views based upon perceived generational differences...

"There are, in fact, no 'generations' except in the biological sense. There are only categories and crises of temperament [which] crisscross and defy and deny chronology."  (Cynthia Ozick

Note to boomer self: not all boomers are boomers...  "Almost all of the truly interesting so-called Boomers, that is to say, are in fact anti-Boomers."  (Joshua Glenn)  

"When you’re noticeably younger than the people we tend to see in leading roles on TV and in the movies, or noticeably older, your age is registered and then deployed as a causal agent — almost always in order to dismiss your ideas."  (Alan Jacobs)

I am reminded again (in the last verse of the Old Testament) just how the work of God in conversion changes the way we view those older and younger than ourselves:  "And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction."  (Malachi 4:6 ESV)  

A healthy, biblical diversity is reflected not only in a multi-ethnic community, but also in multi-generational community.  



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