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Dec 04, 2012

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ceemac

Warning.... some rambling ahead....

Fascinating article. The section you did not include where he gave is opinion of "nerds" was intriguing.

I spent a bit of time this fall pondering some of the things about the future I was "promised" as a child. I can't help but think that some of these "broken promises" contributed to the grumpiness of many of my age peers this year.

I think the promises were offered to us by Disney and the various films about the future we watched in elementary school. Extremely upbeat predictions. People were not going to have to work very hard. 4 day weeks for the working class. Good jobs for everyone no matter how incompetent. And Smart people were not going to have to do much work at all and it was all going to be meaningful work. Life would involve more play than work.

I watched space flight after space flight. Each more amazing than the last one. There was a time when I could have named every space flight and every astronaut. I drank tang and ate space food sticks. The future was bright and exciting.

I'm about to turn 55. That means I am a boomer too young for Vietnam (and too young to remember that the 1st NASA rockets blew up). But I turned 16 just as the Arab Oil Embargo was beginning. The economy went into the tank in 1974. I know that economists will technically disagree with me but I don't think we have ever really recovered economically and psychologically. We are a grumpy pessimistic people. I think some of that grumpiness is related to those "broken promises."

Michael W. Kruse

Interesting take.

"I watched space flight after space flight. Each more amazing than the last one. There was a time when I could have named every space flight and every astronaut. I drank tang and ate space food sticks."

We may be twins separated at birth. ;-)

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