Originally Posted by MichaelWinicki
Very interesting thread...
I think there isn't one answer but many on why a later generation acts differently or has different values than a previous generation.
But one thing that wasn't brought up (at least I don't think I saw it) was the presence of a historical "reset" button to radically change the values or collective personality of an entire generation.
For example the American Civil War was a historical "reset" button that greatly affected at least one generation.
More recent "reset" buttons were the Great Depression of the 1930's and World War II.
Those that went through the depression (especially adults) became very careful about money and leery that the next great depression could be right around the corner.
[View Full Quote]Then you had the slightly younger folks who went to war and were (provided they survived) elated about life in general and wanted everything that life could offer.
We haven't experienced a "reset" since WW2... Not in the scale of the Great Depression or the last world war. Consequently we're seeing new generations taking the same attitudes as the previous 2-3 generations and practicing them even more aggressively.
At some point another "reset" will occur and from that there will most likely be a generational "shift" in thinking, personality and overall values... It may come in the form of a massive war or some economic tragedy like the financial default of the government.
very thoughtful post and read, kudos, i enjoyed it.