"History will long record what we do or don't do today...
...I believe the measure of our true greatness is yet to be." -WAL
I am a Baby Boomer who takes great pride in my generation and its potential for effecting positive change in our culture and society through the application of our collective power of influence. In fact, I believe my generation’s greatest contributions to society are yet to be. After all, we are not a generation that will simply fade away with age or retirement. Even now we continue to set records and influence advertising, science, art, business, medicine, and much more. However, the social and cultural issues that are adversely affecting our children and weakening our society are what I feel particularly called to summon my generation to consider.
I believe in the adage, “to whom much is given, much is expected”, and that those who know better are required to do better. Collectively, we Baby Boomers were more highly educated and materially advantaged than any generation preceding us. Additionally, the abilities and talents we have to offer society are all the more enhanced today by our maturity, experience, and judgment. We are perhaps the best equipped to seek solutions and champion the cause for improving our culture and society. We might ask, If not us, then who? Would it be befitting of a generation as uniquely gifted as ours to leave the troubles of today for future generations to solve?
History defines each generation by how they deal with the pressing issues and adversities of their times. How shall history define the Baby Boomers? As sons and daughters of “The Greatest Generation”, what do we wish our legacy to be?
The ultimate question we might consider is whether the torch that was passed to the "new generation”, has long since burned out, or whether the embers of idealism and the desire to create a truly better world still glow warmly within the hearts and minds of our generation. If the embers of our youthful passion and idealism still exist, then let us fan them now until the torch we bear once again burns brightly as a beacon of hope, reason, and resolve.
Let us begin by no longer being content to simply observe with our eyes. Let us act upon what we see when we view our children, neighbors, and nation with our hearts. Moreover, let us vow to instill in future generations both the lessons of history and the capacity to see with their hearts ---- William Lacey