“The central myth of the sixties was that [its] wretched excess was really a serious quest for new values.”
– George Will
I just recalled a similar post from a year ago:
First of all, do you yourself “hate the ’60s”? I have been haunted by this post in the intervening days, calling to mind fellow “boomers” who have given their lives for this country in military service or -in the case of a dear and close friend- to the service of the poor in Africa. I miss her still, her quiet commitment to Christian values was and is a beacon to my own faith. It feels like very sloppy thinking to lump together 76 million Americans (no figures on Canadians, Brits, etc. etc.) who happened to be born in the 18 years following World War II, and to tar us all with the same brush. What purpose is served by furthering generational conflict?
The quote is about the spirit that defined the sixties. If your friends were willing to give their lives for their country then they probably did not typify that zeitgeist. George Will is condemning the relativistic, self-gratifying, superstitions of the radically secular left. It is a spirit that began to make itself felt in the sixties and has been working it’s destructive, destabilizing effect on our communities and institutions ever since.
The quote is lifted from the article linked below.
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