ALSO today in group someone was referring to another patient using a male pronoun, and the grumpiest and most curmudgeonly old man in the group barked out “THEY” and stopped the whole group then mumbled “they use they pronouns” and I had hearts in my eyes
I do not believe that useful generalizations can be made about generations. I don’t think it’s possible to make accurate observations about similarities between tens of millions of people born to every imaginable social, cultural, economic, political, and familial circumstance over a twenty year span.
I don’t believe in a Greatest Generation and find that label absurd and repellant, even embarrassing in its self-congratulation. I know without a shadow of a doubt that my parents, who fled China as children in wartime under the duress of devastating bloody invasion, share little to nothing with the majority of Baby Boomers with which they might be lazily lumped.
When I was a kid we were called Generation X with contempt — not even a real name, just a letter. We were described in much the same manner as kids today: apathetic, spoiled, sheltered, self-involved, self-indulgent, unaware. My high school was actually something of a poster child for our generation, with 60 Minutes and Dateline filming segments about our party culture, rampant drug and alcohol abuse, and general unfitness to produce the next generation of great leaders. I never bought into any of that bullshit.
That’s also how Baby Boomers were once described by their elders. That’s basically what grumpy older US Americans always say about kids these days. Technology is usually thrown in there too, with some newfangled thingamajig blamed for melting brains and eroding social bonds: radio, television, computers, Walkmans, video games, internet, smartphones.
In my opinion, it’s not an illuminating conversation. It’s a few grumps being grumps and a bunch of fake news hacks finding something to yelp about to fill the air with distracting noise as they pitch beauty products, razor blades, lingerie, beer, and the latest miracle drugs.
This. This times a thousand. Signed, one of those lazy slacker, no-good Generation X-rs. (I also had a teacher once tell our class that she basically thought our entire generation was just going to die of AIDs. Yeah, the woman was basically just waiting for retirement and should have been nowhere near a classroom.)
With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, it’s important that we teach our children truth and awareness. The battle against White supremacy and dominant narratives continues with the next generation, and it’s never too early to open up the discussion.
“I know you think you’re being transgressive and edgy and bad-in-the-cool-way when you are careless with the trauma of strangers, but you’re not. You are being conservative. You are a conservative comedian. You are moving your art form backwards, you are a bully (a bully who has likely experienced bullying himself, which is the worst kind), and you are propping up the status quo in the most boring way possible. If that’s what you want, at least have the grace to own it.”—“Open Letter To White Male Comedians” is pretty much fire throughout but, as someone pretty openly fascinated with transgressive/abrasive art, this one is a degree off from being Mission-Statement-Altering. (via raptoravatar)
“I wanted to show that men and women can be friends without having a relationship,” says del Toro of the relationship between the two main characters Mako (played by Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi) and Raleigh (“Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam). “Theirs is a story about partnership, equality and a strong bond between partners. It’s important for little girls to know not every story has to be a love story and for boys to know that soldiers aren’t the only ones to triumph in war.”—
I think I might I’ve read all Pacific Rim related post on internet and this quote give me so many feels. Guillermo del toro is such a great guy. I should start to work on real life, but Pacific Rim is way much better.
“Life is going to present to you a series of transformations. And the point of education should be to transform you. To teach you how to be transformed so you can ride the waves as they come. But today, the point of education is not education. It’s accreditation. The more accreditation you have, the more money you make. That’s the instrumental logic of neoliberalism. And this instrumental logic comes wrapped in an envelope of fear. And my Ivy League, my MIT students are the same. All I feel coming off of my students is fear. That if you slip up in school, if you get one bad grade, if you make one fucking mistake, the great train of wealth will leave you behind. And that’s the logic of accreditation. If you’re at Yale, you’re in the smartest 1% in the world. […] And the brightest students in the world are learning in fear. I feel it rolling off of you in waves. But you can’t learn when you’re afraid. You cannot be transformed when you are afraid.”—