Today I read something about the generations that have come and past, those that will come and will past; as well as those that exist today (us). It was a sort of compare and contrast in the article, that referred to those that have gone as the ‘lost generation’. Lost as in, confused and puzzled not knowing what to do and lost as in, forgotten and left behind.
There’s this thing we say, it’s called ‘generation gap’ and when we say it we build a barrier between ourselves and the person from the supposed different generation that blocks out understanding and connection. We do it too often, I’ve once started to think that I couldn’t understand anyone beyond 8 years of difference from me, which really isn’t that long. It’s true that with progression as fast as today’s it’s hard for the ‘older’ generations to keep up with the changes and relate to us. It’s difficult to understand what used to be ‘fun and interesting’ yesterday just as how the ‘older’ generation can’t quite grasp what is ‘hip and cool’ today.
But the article I read talked about how we aren’t all that different and there shouldn’t be a clear line between generations. Nothing really is lost, the footprints have been left behind, the legacies continued. And as much as we may think that we’re a fresh, new generation, the one that shall innovate and create new things, new ideas and new leaders; let’s not forget that there was a time when Hillary Clinton and Lee Kuan Yew were the ‘new, fresh and young leaders creating some radical change’ in their time, and that time period also saw a fair share of ‘new’ things. The passing time doesn’t compromise the value of these things that have been discovered or created, just as how 20 years down the road, when Apple’s iPhones maybe become something ‘old-fashioned’ we would still respect the innovation that brought technology to a whole new level in ‘our time’.
Generations may be a fuzzy thing because no clear line can really be drawn. What’s in the past is still as relevant as what will happen in the future, they all come together to form one big picture, to continue one whole story- that of humanity and our many advancements. I suppose 20 years down the road, if I had a kid, I’d want to be holding hands with her walking on our ways home telling her about ‘in mommy’s time, there was no such thing…’ or ‘in mommy’s time, we used to have…’ just like how I listen to my parents today.
Only when we put aside the age difference, which really is just a number, can we see clearly a person’s experience, knowledge and wisdom; and learn from it. We wouldn’t be the ‘fresh, new energetic’ generation for long, but neither will we become the ‘lost generation’.