This generation still known as baby-boomers, even as we settle towards our time of rest, relaxation and retirement, was raised quite differently than we have actually behaved. What was envisioned by our parents as a right of ascension has been, for better or worse, supplanted by the realities of sustainability and justice.
Amidst that anger and violence, this generation of not-so-innocents was able to see beauty. Some of it induced by drugs, for sure, and largely in a state of privilege, ultimately we imagined a world of love that was based on spirit and inclusion, envisioned Aquarian values dawning. It felt like we had ended a war and embraced a lifestyle that could set us all free.
The change in most of our hearts took hold, however, in many different ways, some subtle and others overt. Women were now side by side in the marketplace while dads learned how to change diapers and took off time to attend parent conferences, or stayed home while their partners provided. Yoga, meditation and gym memberships, coaching soccer and joining food cooperatives translated the dream into a busy reality.
Centuries of habits are difficult to erase in a single generation. Confusion is understandable. The true advance is that the men of today have thrown off their brutish cloaks and glittering chains of male testosterone in favor of coming together more in collaboration than competition.