The Lost Decades

I can’t say I exactly like the decade thinking, for analytic reasons—such as “why can’t 1987-1997 be its own decade just because of counting arbitrarities?”—and also for all the people who don’t want to identify or be identified by a decade in which they “came of age”, as if it is incumbent upon them to defend the decade they were unfreely thrown into.

However, my main point in bringing up decades is not to attack or defend them, but as their current status has jeopardized “decade-thinking” to becoming extinct. The 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s all have adjectives that can be attached to them, and people are ready and willing to attach those adjectives and reminisce and possibly even be nostalgic. The “00s” or 2000s—whatever people are calling (or not calling) them—are the years in which new bottoms are being reached in terms of culture.

There is something so void, so empty, about these series of years, that nobody—even among the youth who should have had feelings towards these years—is able to meaningfully speak of these years and lift the fog. To me, what is most blaring about the “00s” is the rising numbers of unhealthy youth, including both psychologically and physiologically, if the two should even be acknowledged as separate. And I think it would be completely wrong to attribute any blame to those youngsters who are now suffering with these ailments, because of previous poor choices—on both a cultural and personal wide scale. There is something that those lost in the previous decades have failed to pay forward, and these lost years are the result. Since it was not paid forward—the self-absorbed baby boomer generation are gluttonously feasting upon whatever resources come their way, dare anyone thoughtfully save them for the future—it is up to the youth to take back. They have the moral high ground, for the earth is their home for the longest, and they should not look up to their elders for wisdom, but look down upon them as fallen usurpers who need to be managed for damage control purposes.

(for example, every day that the bridges and tunnels into New York could be blockaded, or the electricity cut to this city and other imperial headquarters like it, is a day in the right direction and a day that healing can occur… we have to stop thinking of these as places of productivity and realize that they are one major link in a process of global destruction and decay)


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