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COMMENTARY · 6th March 2013
Merv Ritchie
Those who were born between 50 and 60 years ago, the generation never spoken of as being part of an era, along those who looked to these men and women as Grandma and Grandpa, are societies only hope. The elders were children as the sixties were underway. They were the kids watching the action of the Peace and Love movement. Some had older brothers and sisters participating and others were watching the news and listening to the Vietnam protesters and Woodstock from their grade school classrooms.

It is these people who have the capacity to understand. They didn’t participate and follow the crowd at the time, they watched and learned, doing what all children do, attempt to understand the world they were born into.

The next generations such as the termed ‘Generation X’ did not have the upbringing, the experience of the rising new culture from the sixties. Many became absorbed into the 70's and 80's hype of style and fashion; the fast cars and fancy possessions, yet the children born during the mid 50’s into the early 60’s got immersed, as young observers, into an new reality, an awareness for a new understanding.

Many of these, now 50 year olds, have shared this knowledge with their grandchildren. Their own children, typically rebellious of their parents, are generally not able to fully appreciate and sympathize, having spent much of their own lives challenging their parents. The grandkids however respect the patience and wisdom of their elders, the parents of their parents.

And this very special group of elders watched, understood and learned from the rebellious youth of the sixties. They saw the suffering of war. They listened to the messages being preached in song and script. They saw the assassinations of JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr.; the deaths of Marilyn Munroe, Jimmy Hendrix, Jimmy Morrison and Janice Joplin. It all provided reinforcement of the ideals being expressed by the sixties culture they were exposed to in their formative years.

These were the years when environmental awareness began when recycling and conscious composting was initiated. It was a time when community living was rediscovered.

Today our elders have the opportunity to deliver the fruit from trees which have reached maturity. Today these trees are dropping seeds to propagate a continuing understanding for the future.

The only question is whether we will nurture these new sprouts so they can flourish and provide a new culture of respect, love, peace, understanding and compassion.

And further, will these indoctrinated, intelligent, compassionate 50 year olds step up and take the lead? They are the only true hope, the fully ripened fruit of the seeds of the Peace and Love movement. Will they stand up or will they hide in fear as the corporate world hopes.

Your grandkids are watching, waiting and are willing to stand beside you. Will you die in shame or with pride in your sacrifice?
a confrontation commeth...
Comment by blocky bear on 6th March 2013
Will Canadian soldiers shoot Canadians? It is hard to think that they will.However in these times we should examine the possibility, it is mandatory to consider the unthinkable. Ah yes I was eighteen the summer of 62 and one of three young loggers visiting Washington state. One of our trio had a wild idea. Let us join the U.S. Marine core he said, being democratically oriented the group voted against the motion and we did not go to Vietnam. I`m thinking I might just get shot after all.d.b.
Our Generaton
Comment by Ron Sward on 6th March 2013
At the time one of my favorite songs was and still is 'My Generation". It it the Who state we won't be fooled again. Unfortunately we were and are by our own generation. We forgot what we stood for, "peace, love and truth in our time".

We fell for the promises of our governments, bureaucrats, banks and CEO's. Let them lead us down a path of corruption and lies. Now we have to live up to what we wanted and promised to ourselves. I am doing my best to instill in my grandchildren fairness and compassion. I hope the seed takes root.

If it comes down to making a final stand, I will be there, you can count on it.