SCHOOL DEBT, a downsizing of middle-class jobs, and a loss of high paying jobs has translated into a bleak economic picture for today’s young adults. Those who went to college are challenged by school debt. Two-thirds of recent graduates owe more than $26,000. Added together, recent college graduates have wracked up more than $1.2 trillion in debt. …
Boomers, especially those buffeted by the economic peaks and busts of the last twenty years, find the,selves in an untenable situation. While they know they should be saving for their retirement, they are focused on getting through the next day. They are also faced with a sad realization: their children will find it almost impossible to afford the lifestyles they have been able to obtain. …
The most profound symbol and lasting remembrance of the 1960s experience is a black granite, V-shaped wall with the names of 58,272 veterans who died in the Vietnam War. ….In many ways it has become America’s wailing wall. Since its dedication on November 11, 1982, it has become the most visited monument in Washington, D.C. …
As the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the lasting symbol of the events of the ’60s, the resulting spiritual root of the boomer generation is one of brokenness, a sense of loss and disillusionment over what happened to them and a clear break from the assumptions that guided their parents’ generation. This sense of not being whole, of still trying to survive the turmoil of their youth, of living with unfulfilled expectations has produced three other spiritual realities in boomers: loneliness, rootlessness, and self-seeking, which play a part in the daily lives of the boomer generation.
– Craig Kennet Miller
From pages 31 and 37 of Boomer Spirituality: Seven Values for the Second Half of Life by Craig Kennet Miller. Copyright © 2016 by Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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