My Featured Blogger this week is Gary Gautier of shakemyheadhollow (the lowercaseallruntogether bit was his idea, not mine). Gary “limits” his focus to, as he puts it, “Conceptual spaces: politics, philosophy, art, literature, religion, cultural history.”
In other words, he talks about a lot of stuff (and posts a lot of pictures). And he does so in thoughtful, articulate, challenging ways. A university professor of writing, literature, and humanities, Gary is also a published author of fiction, non-fiction, and poetic works.
What are you waiting for? Read on!
You can find the arguments all over the Internet – baby boomers broke America, millennials are aimless and self-absorbed, etc. Let me try to put the competition to rest.
All of these arguments have one thing in common: They all rest upon the false premises that these imaginary generational constructs are (1) real and (2) monolithic. Sure, history goes on, and the youth vs. age theme is perennial, but calling Obama “Gen X by personal temperament” (as Ben White does in his generation-based commentary in Politico, 2019/10/26) is no better than astrology, which says those born in November have one temperament and those born in August another. Why should people born 1965-80 have a collective “temperament” but not people born 1975-90?
If anything, this habit of reifying and playing generations against each other is even more absurd than our habit of building walls around races and playing them against…
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