I tried to get over this the last six years or so, especially as I worked at a college town church that included hundreds of between the ages of 18-23. The church also had five generations attending (the first Church I’ve been a part of with at least 10% of it’s attendance being in that many generations. In fact, we had so many seniors (which is rare for large churches) that we had three different Senior’s ministries, subdivided by age like a mega-church student ministry for older people (but with fewer all-nighters and chubby bunny competitions.)
So my church was a truly inter-generational Church, which is not very trendy or “targeted” or “church-growth theory approved” but it sure helped me appreciate each generation more.[youtube link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4IjTUxZORE#t=60″ width=”590″ height=”315″]
Every once in a while something like this video comes along and reminds me that intergenerational criticism is a double-edged sword. I might have problems with another generation’s general take–but I should beware that such comments are a kind of discrimination, whether it’s of people older or younger than me. It is basically “age-ism.” This video satire from a bunch of Millennials helps remind me that when Boomers rant about the younger generation this is what they might be thinking in return (with a large does of irony and eye-rolling).
Of course, I’m not of the Boomer or Millennial generations. I’m from the generation that has been the perpetual punching bag of generational generalizations: the Busters, a.k.a.: the Slacker, the Xers. So, take all this with a grain of salt with that in mind.
Regardless, this video is a good reminder to me today, and perhaps to you, to hold my generational generalizations loosely–even the generalizations about Boomers that the Millennials use back on them in this video.
Seuss said, “People are people, no matter how small.”
People are people, no mater how old.
So, what do you think about this video? What’s your favorite line? Pretty funny.