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If you don’t have any in your family, then you may not understand just how hard-headed the Boomer generation is.
Boomers love to lecture about how hard they had it and how good and easy the current generation has it. Yet back then, life was A LOT cheaper, easier, and many people will say happier. So, why can’t Boomers admit it?
Recently, a Redditor asked the question, “Why can’t Boomers admit that they had it easy compared to the current generation?”
One Redditor commented, “Because they didn’t have cell phones and all those other cool gadgets you spoiled kids have! No, really though, I hear boomers saying s*it like this all the time, “you kids don’t know how good you have it with your cell phones” blah blah blah. Gramps, I’d toss this cell phone in the trash for some decent health insurance and job security.”
Another user added, “The messed up priorities to think a gadget is more important than owning the home you live in.”
A third Redditor replied, “Didn’t know my $60 phone could buy a $500,000 house. How’d I miss that memo, gramps?”
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One most liked comment read, “It would be admitting that things got worse… on their watch… and that maybe they should, *gasp*, change….”
Another said, “Yep, and also with an ego the misguided belief that they were/are smarter, harder working, and more responsible as opposed to being lucky because the generations before them set up systems that would benefit them and make life easier. Which they promptly tore up and sold off for scrap.”
A Redditor commented, “Vanity. They want the participation trophy they created for their children. Like everyone, they voted and kept voting in their interest, but unlike the elite and the rich, they cannot just cry quietly all the way to the bank.
They want the praises of the following generation, to be gloriously remembered like their parent generation. They identify as working class despite their middle-class lifestyle and voting choice.”
Worked Way Harder
One user replied, “I think because they did work hard. What the Boomers don’t understand is that we work hard too, but don’t get rewarded for it in nearly the same way.”
A second user added, “Exactly. Boomers could work for something, like a house, or work part-time and afford college, invest, etc. We work hard just to survive in this psychopathic society they created.”
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One Redditor commented, “The phenomenon mentioned by OP seems to be unique to boomers. Every single other generation seems to be able to perceive things like inflation and declining opportunity. The boomers are alone in having their mindset frozen sometime in their 20s.”
It Admits Defeat
A user replied, “That’s like admitting defeat. Because they’ll realize all that “Millennials are lazy” bull**** was just them projecting.”
Another added, “Because many of them love to play the victim of any scenario they don’t like.”
A third Redditor said. “Because they’d have to admit that they’ve made it harder for younger generations.”
One Redditor said, “They’re called the me generation for a reason. Literally, everything they do is with their benefit in mind. Everyone else can get lost in their minds.”
To which a second user replied, “Because it comes with the self-centered nature of being a boomer. Essentially the world stopped taking care of their needs, and they were the largest generation, so there was a lot of money to make by catering to them. They just think that’s how the world should be.”
Don’t Realize The Differences
A user commented, “Some simply don’t realize how different things are today. It doesn’t affect them personally, so they don’t realize how much of a struggle it is compared to how they had it. They had assets and wealth that they could lean on even as prices have gone up. They don’t realize how tough it is for those of us who never had the opportunity to build that up.”
A second user replied, “Because that would imply recognizing that millennials had it harder than them, and all their useless advice to millennials and mockery of millennials being entitled is wrong, which makes them a*******”
One most liked comment read, “It’s a defense mechanism, if they have to admit that they did have it easier then they have to take responsibility for their generation (NOT EVERY BOOMER BTW) actively making it harder on upcoming generation, which they have.”
A Redditor added. “They don’t want to take responsibility for making the decisions that made life worse for their children. This is why they try and grasp at every opportunity to imply that younger generations are the problem.”
Their Life Is Easier Now
A most liked comment said, “Because they have it even easier now, and they think that translates to everyone. Life is so much easier now. Why can’t the younger generations make things make?
What they don’t understand is that life is easier now because they’re wealthier, have established connections from working the same job since 1979, they’re wrapping up their mortgages, and basically reaping all of the benefits of modern society without doing any of the work to keep that society up.
Redditors helped highlight why Boomers just can’t admit that the current generations have it much harder than they did. What do you think? Did Boomers have it easier? Do Gen X and Millennials have tougher lives?
This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Motherhood Life Balance.
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