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MARIETA MAGLAS

SONGSOPTOK THE WRITERS BLOG | 7/15/2016 |




Thinking of all the wars during centuries, people understand that this kind of conflicts defined differently the generations while creating gaps in between them at the same time. It seems that the older people can't understand  the problems of the younger’s while thinking that the youngers have no sense of what's really important. In reality, both generations have different meanings for what's really important in life, just because their experiences are different while sharing no common ground.

The generation of Baby Boomers, who are born from 1943 to 1960, is different from the “Silent Generation," who are born from 1925 to 1942, from the generation of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and from the generation of the 1990s.In time, the gaps between the generations of the parents and the children are getting bigger than usual and the  generations of the grandparents are less successful while standing in between as mentors and mediators.

In 1990, people needed real values, an ethical rectitude, a political correctness, and a return to their simple life. This correctness meant a necessity for reinforcing the entire society with a new meaning.

Among the generation of Baby Boomers and their children having an anti-Boom attitude, the gap has been very well described in the prose of some emerging young writers as Coupland, Nix, Brett Easton Ellis, Nancy Smith, Steven Gibb, Eric Liu, Gael Fashingbauer, David Bernstein, Robert Lukefahr, and Ian Williams.

The younger generation blamed the Boomers for everything had gone wrong in their world, a tendency that was clearly growing in an irreversible way once Boomers moved fully into the positions of the political leaderships.

The end of the Cold War has persuaded the youngers to accept the democratic style of their parents.

The following economic and cultural crisis has led to some toxic reactions and to a hostility to the generation in power, the youngers using alcohol and drugs to face on the war, the poverty and the unemployment.

The parents have used an idealistic style to educate their children, while ignoring the poverty, the disease, the crimes, and even the temporary nuisances being a result of losing the wealth during the crisis.

These idealistic youngers had to face the reality of the crisis generated by the wars.

The post-communist Europe became an object of study regarding its relative weakness, so many observers expecting the post-communist societies to be strong and vibrant. The developments surrounding the collapse of the communism are temporary solutions because in this world seen as a whole, nothing is collapsing without consequences.

The post-communist young generation could offer a much more positive evaluation regarding the political and the economic changes in their countries than any of their parents could do this after the falling of  the Iron Curtain. In time, the  youngers  learned to develop a free market economy and this change in thinking started to create  an immense gap between the generations. In a report released by the Pew Research Center in 2010, it is mentioned that the younger’s „ political socialization has taken place under a context that is drastically different from that of their older peers, who came of age under totalitarian regimes.’’

The gap between the generations expressed through their different attitudes regarding the democracy of this new capitalism belonging to Eastern Europe is, in fact, a separation caused by a disagreement regarding the past, the present, and the future. Both generations focus on the problems of their countries, but while the elderly persons look back longingly, the youngers have confidence in the democratic policy hoping to become well-prepared leaders and decision-makers in Eastern Europe someday. ''They move away from a state-controlled economy.''

In the post-communist countries, there are gaps in-between the generations regarding the attitudes toward the democratic principles like freedom of speech, honest elections, a fair judiciary, a civilian-controlled military, freedom of the press, and religious freedom . These gaps are still important in some countries like Poland and somewhat less pronounced in other countries like the Czech Republic.

To stop the destruction of the old ideals, the economic downturn, and the mass poverty, many regimes have striven to maintain their legitimacy in this age of democracy and to preserve autonomy through reinstating the rule of law, order, and stability. Some of these regimes remained authoritarian, others tried to re-establish their lost democracy in this chaos generated by the dissensions existent between the internal ethnic people and by the wars against the outside enemies.

This oscillation in terms of the idea of democracy is an impediment to the evolution of the new generation who needs a pacifist thinking to understand the effects of the political and economic crisis of the civil society for the economic development during  the accommodation to the demands of the globalization.

Some trends in both employment status and wages have likely contributed  to the long-run increase in the share of young adults living with their parents.

The employed young men are much less likely to live at home with their parents than the young men without jobs, and the employment among the young men has fallen in the last decades. While having weak job opportunities, the young adults need this help of their parents to weather the economic storm. Younger generations tend to have more positive views than their elders about small and large businesses as well as financial institutions and labor unions, but probably they need help to make this be useful.  Unfortunately, they still need help in this struggle to get hired and to hold on to jobs that often are below their level of training. When we think of the religious restrictions and hostilities despite a continued rise in religion-related terrorism, we understand their future. Let's remember that they are the future mature inhabitants of this world!

Reference:

-‚Old vs. Young’ By DAVID LEONHARDT,JUNE 22, 2012, The New York Times

-The Post-Communist Generation in the Former Eastern Bloc, Pew Research Center Global Attitudes & Trends, JANUARY 20, 2010

-‚The Weakness Of Post communist Civil Society’ by Marc Morjé Howard, From: Journal of Democracy
Volume 13, Number 1, January 2002 pp. 157-169 | 10.1353/jod.2002.0008

-The Limits of the MatrixIdeas and Power in Russian Politics of the 2000s by Gulnaz Sharafutdinova.

- For First Time in Modern Era, Living With Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements for 18- to 34-Year-Olds, Share living with spouse or partner continues to fall  BY RICHARD FRY

-The Developmental State in the Globalizing World by FEINA CAI, DEC 22 2010

[MARIETA MAGLAS]

BIOGRAPHY:

Ardus Publications, Sybaritic Press, Prolific Press, and some others published the poems of Marieta in anthologies like Tanka Journal, edited by Glenn Lyvers, The Aquillrelle Wall of Poetry, edited by Yossi Faybish, A Divine Madness: An Anthology of Modern Love Poetry, edited by John Patrick Boutilier, Near Kin:A Collection of Words and Art Inspired by Octavia Estelle Butler, edited by Marie Lecrivain, Three Line Poetry #25, edited by Glenn Lyvers, ENCHANTED - Love Poems and Abstract Art, edited by Gabrielle de la Fair, and Intercontinental Anthology of Poetry on Universal Peace and Love, edited by Madan Gandhi.


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