Yes, I remember that I posted yesterday about civility. I will keep this in mind today as I encourage you to be wary of Baby Boomers.
Do you remember that Sprint ad from a couple of years ago? It showed abusiness executive discussing the Sprint plan and then telling his assistant that joining the plan is his way of “sticking it to the Man.”
The assistant is shocked: “But, sir, you ARE the Man.”
“I know,” responds the executive.
So you’re sticking it to yourself,” his aide asks.
The executive says: “Maybe.”
So it goes for the Baby Boomers. The generation that came of age in the 1960s has become that against which they once clamored for freedom: the man.
This came to mind because of a couple of things I have encountered recently. One is Henri Nouwen’s classic The Wounded Healer. Another is general observations of leadership over the past couple of years.
As I read Nouwen’s description of the generation coming of age in the late 1960s, of their dislocation in time and disconnection from either history or a future, I realized that similar assessments are made of those coming of age today.
Much current leadership urges followers to “trust us” with change. The change that is urged though, is too often change needed more to keep struggling bureaucratic systems alive than change that would actually benefit the people.
Our culture as developed a mechanism that absorbs would-be protesters and protest movements under the guise of “having a voice.” This is a euphemism for the lust for power.
The would-be protesters of the 1960s and 1970s are today the ones who are at the head of most major organizations and bureaucracies. Many of them are promising change; but their promises of change require, of course, that they maintain their power.
This week we Christians celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of One who refused to maintain power to effect change.