Neither boomer nor buster

It's interesting the way the world tries to label everyone. The trouble is that labels usually limit us. They tend to have an impact on our sense of self-worth, abilities, and opportunities. Labels are often an unconscious influence. They are also used at times as excuses for the problems we haven't solved.

Two labels that have come into popular usage are "baby boomer" and, more recently, "baby buster." Baby boomers are told that they face intensive, lifelong competition for every opportunity. Baby busters face the suggestion that opportunity no longer exists. Baby boomers are characterized as trying to live as though the world were their oyster. Baby busters complain that all the pearls are gone.

Heredity and the ousting of ghosts
July 6, 1992

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