Not being around very many young people, this phrase was new to me just this week, even though it’s been around for a while.
It’s the latest way for Millennials to dismiss the opinions and wisdom of the older generation, and close off all conversation with a mindless slogan.
According to Wikipedia, the phrase “OK Boomer” is a pejorative retort and ageist catchphrase used to dismiss or mock perceived narrow-minded, outdated, negatively judgemental, or condescending attitudes of older people, particularly baby boomers.
You know, all the stuff that’s been true forever, which they have arbitrarily decided isn’t anymore. They know better.
The Red Guard in Maoist China and the infamous Hitler Youth also had the sublime confidence of youth.
Have you ever met a younger person who seemed to be wise beyond their years? Or a 50-year-old who was stuck in the eternal temper tantrum of a terrible two? These are expressions of what some writers call your soul age. A young soul is typically concerned with success and building a career. A mature soul is more interested in relationships, and an old soul is more philosophically oriented.
Some of the literature links the theory to re-incarnation, which is not a belief I hold, but I did find the descriptions interesting.
You can Google soul age for more information if this is a topic that interests you. Here is an article about old souls, just in case you know any.
I have been doing everything wrong according to this article.
But it’s so much fun to bitch and complain when others agree with you.
My blog had some internal problems that I hope are now fixed. This is the test to see if it works.
Agatha Christie, whose husband was an archaeologist, said
that was the perfect profession for one's spouse: "The older you
become, the more interested they are in you."
This is one person’s opinion that I read, but I can’t remember who wrote it:
“It turns out that a “smart home” is an incredibly stupid idea. If you can’t even open your front door without getting permission from a remotely processed Google login procedure that requires the smooth functioning of routers, servers and the power grid, you’ve put yourself in a stupid situation. Do you really want Google — now the most evil corporation in the world — to control your access to your own home? Do you even want Google knowing when you’re entering and leaving your home?”
We were at the Stratford Festival (in Ontario, not England) last week to see the brilliant play The Crucible by Arthur Miller. It is about the Salem witch trials, and it was written when Miller had seen the effects of the Senator McCarthy Red Scare hearings.
Craig Walker wrote in the program notes:
“But what is the meaning of The Crucible here and now? Naturally, audiences can make up their own minds about this. In recent years, the phrase “witch hunt” has been used in a wide variety of contexts, some clearly more appropriate than others. But what seems painfully relevant is the stark partisanship of the current cultural tone, one in which disagreements in politics, on social media, and even in universities, are ever more frequently framed in a simplistic binary of good versus evil. With such stakes, no real differences of opinion about anything important can be tolerated. One must conform or be an outcast. Perhaps fearfulness is the cause of such absolutism; tyranny almost always justifies itself as a necessary response to imminent threat. Whatever the cause, the ultimate result can be a poisonous stew of sanctimoniousness, viciousness, and blame-shifting. The protagonist John Proctor’s rhetorical question rings out: “Is the accuser always holy now? Were they born this morning as clean as God’s fingers?”
Something to think about the next time a person’s livelihood is ruined by unproven accusations via the HUAC of our day – the #MeToo movement.