A Boomer explains the mission:
A @voxday post linked to a suggestion that Boomers as a generation need to seek God's forgiveness for the sins of the group. As a "Generation Jones" Boomer, I see the wisdom of that. There was an earlier post that listed seven things that should have been done all along. I've done my best to do all seven -- and I've mostly succeeded -- but that shouldn't bring pride, since those seven things are just a bare minimum.
Here's the mission that must be accepted by Boomers of all stripes -- be the guardian of your family. Protect the younger generations by becoming the rearguard. There's a shitstorm coming, a fact that doesn't require genius to recognize. Your job is to cover a retreat if needed, and soak up the bullets (real or metaphorical) to allow the younger generations to regroup and attack the wickedness of this world.
As a group, we've had it easy. Boomers have written a blank check, and at some point payment will be required. Settle the debt properly and be prepared to accept the costs.
The charge is to leave things better than you found them. Do it, and quit bitching about it.
If you don't have much time left, then make it count. Plant the trees - maybe they'll be for your great-grandchildren rather than your grandchildren - but you'll still leave a positive legacy in the end. It's not about "your stuff", it's about doing what is Good, Beautiful, and True.
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
- Proverbs 13:22
And if you can't bring yourself to do anything positive, at the very least, sit down, shut up, and get out of the way of those who are attempting to salvage what can be salvaged and reclaim what was lost.