Baby Boomers Vs. The Disposable Society
In being a part of the grey haired generation a baby boomer and the generation of asking “why?” to everything. I have grown perplexed in trying to understand my children’s generation “The Disposable Generation”.
As my oldest daughter puts it “I am in “The disposable generation”. Just time enough to breath, eat, work, sleep, go to school, take care of the house and family and go crazy. ……… “The sandwich generation”.
I think of it as my generation growing up during the “BC” period “before computers”. Information wasn’t easily accessed unless you had the Encyclopedia Britannica or a library that wasn’t 10 miles away and you still didn’t know if it was correct because it was printed 5 years before. No! I didn’t walk 3 miles to school in the snow without shoes.
Today with a click of the mouse we can be transported faster than from the “Enterprise” to any point on the globe! We can find out what the weather is like in Calcutta, the average rain fall in Tucson or the exact height of the tallest building in the world.
Spending the majority of my life in the auction and antique business I have been consumed by collecting. Trying to stay ahead of the curve, learn as much as possible, listen and learn from what others had to say and enjoying every minute of it. The “WorthPoint” concept at first scared me! How would a few people take Will Seippel’s concept of creating taxonomies to cover all areas of collecting and beyond, compile relevant auction and sales data, have an open forum to discuss and trade experiences, passions and the joy of collecting?
The “Disposable Generation” didn’t start out in such a hectic pace. They had dolls, toy guns, play houses, paper dolls, bikes, sports cards and slot cars. Life wasn’t much different from the way we grew up except for the fact that the electronic age and technology was growing at an unbelievable pace.
Yes we started it! We made life faster, much more money than generations that preceded us and less time for everything else.
Our children are now stepping up to the plate and are doing exactly what every generation that preceded them trying to make life better, safer and more enjoyable for their children.
Collecting is a great way for the family to interact finding that quarter that fills in another spot in the state collection. The media plays a huge role as well, like the peaked interest in the Masonic symbol to find the way to the lost treasures of the world.
In July I attended Tom Carriers presentation of the history of the flag and took three of my grandchildren, they sat patiently and were absorbed the story of “Old Glory” and we walked the huge Antique Center at Strasburg, VA afterward. My oldest granddaughter found a piece of jewelry with the Masonic emblem, the grandson marveled at Civil War items and marbles while the youngest granddaughter found doll after doll. Toward the end of the summer my daughter told the children she would let them do one thing they would like to do before school started. One said “bowling” another “ice cream parlor” and the youngest said “take us to the antique place granddad showed us”. Collecting is still alive, well and living in the hearts of children of all ages 6 to 60.
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