Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Essay: "The Older Generation." Randolph Bourne.

Essay: “The Older Generation.” Randolph Bourne.

One-minute review: The older generation is complacent, stagnant and self-satisfied. It has locked out, not led, the younger generation with its idealistic youth. The older generation’s philosophy of life imprisons the older generation. “The shuddering fear that we in turn may become weary, complacent, evasive, should be the best preventive of that stagnation. We shall never have done looking for the miracle, that it shall be given to us to lighten, cheer and purify our ‘younger generation,’ even as our older has depressed and disintegrated us.”

American Essays. Ed. Charles B. Shaw. A Pelican Mentor Book. New York: The New American Library. 1948.

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