Origins lost, but there is indeed a difference with the "me" generation.:
According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids
in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's probably shouldn't have survived.
Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.
We had no child proof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets, and when
we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (not to mention the risks we took
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in
the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat, as well
as sitting on the rear edge of the station wagon and hanging onto the roof.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors!
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one
actually died from this. We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda
pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always
outside playing. We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as
long as we were back when the street lights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable!
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down
the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes, after running into the
bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have playstations, nintendo 64, x-boxes, no video games at all,
no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell
phones, personal computers, or internet chat rooms. We had friends! We went
outside and found them. We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and
teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms, and although we
re told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the
worms live inside us forever.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rang
the bell or just walked in and talked to them.
Little league had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't
had to learn to deal with disappointment.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of.they
actually sided with the law. Imagine that!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem
solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion of
innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure! Lure, success and
responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.