Passing the Torch

Passing the Torch

Blood Oath, Mike Gagnon. 2020, Digital Mixed Media. Copyright M. Gagnon 2024.

Blood Oath, Mike Gagnon. 2020, Digital Mixed Media. Copyright M. Gagnon 2024.


As a tried-and-true member of Generation X, sandwiched awkwardly between the boomers and millennials, I've got a confession: I'm tired. It's not just the regular 'been binge-watching 90s sitcoms too late' kind of tired. It's a deep, existential fatigue. The kind you feel after decades of battling Neo-Nazis, combating garden-variety evil bastards, and wading through an Olympic-sized pool of societal BS.

You see, back in our day – yes, that sounds as cliché as it feels – we thought we had it rough. We dealt with the Cold War, the threat of nuclear annihilation, and the rise of boy bands. We fought for good stuff: peace, love, and the right to wear flannel shirts any darn time we wanted. Our fights felt big, important, and like we were the last line of defense against the dark arts of political and social injustice.

But here's the kicker: the fight never ended. It just got a different hashtag. Neo-Nazis? We thought Indiana Jones took care of them, but nope, they're like the worst kind of sequel - unnecessary and upsetting. The evil bastards have multiplied too. They're in our politics, our news feeds, and sometimes even in the comment section of that cute cat video you liked yesterday.

Now, don't get me wrong. This isn't a white flag moment. It's more of a 'passing the torch while muttering sarcastically under my breath' moment. You see, I've realized something important. The younger generation, those plucky Gen Z'ers and young millennials, are actually pretty darn amazing. They're like us, but with better tech and a more refined sense of global injustice. They organize with hashtags, they don't stand for any BS, and they have this ability to multi-task that I can only attribute to evolution or maybe just a lot more caffeine.

So, here's my semi-sarcastic, slightly jaded, but ultimately hopeful message to the young warriors out there: It's your turn. Take up the fight against the Neo-Nazis, the evil bastards, and the tidal wave of nonsense that threatens to engulf us all. Keep your spirits high and your tweets sharp.

As for us, the Gen Xers? We'll be right here, cheering you on, offering unsolicited advice, and occasionally yelling at clouds. We believe in you – not that we'd ever say it directly, but you know, in a roundabout, gruff sort of way. Keep fighting the good fight, and don't forget to enjoy the occasional Rage Against the Machine track – it's good for the soul.

Thanks for reading,

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