I agree with nunoCR, it is about old > MENTALITIES > (so NOT you LMO).
I was waiting to see if someone else recognized that… …
But the original author does base his critique on the perceived differences in mentality between the “generations”; I think he is naive in most of his observations, and barely intelligible in several.
Don’t misunderstand me; with regard to consumption, mentalities do need to change. But the need to change is not driven by the past, it is driven by the future. The author makes his observations from a position of hindsight, and has gotten his perception of ethics entangled with age; ones “ethics” are a human, not a generational (age) trait.
Bear with me, while I get this off my chest …
Everyday, I see a widening gap in how you and we understand the world — and what we want from it. I think we have irreconcilable differences. > Really…
You wanted big, fat, lazy “business.” We want small, responsive, micro-scale commerce.
Micro-scale? Like, I’ll give you three chickens, and two bunches of onions, for my business card design. Deal?
You turned politics into a dirty word. We want authentic, deep democracy — everywhere.
This is not an age specific expectation.
You wanted financial fundamentalism. We want an economics that makes sense for people — not just banks.
Everyone wants “economics that make sense for people”.
You wanted shareholder value — built by tough-guy CEOs. We want real value, built by people with character, dignity, and courage.
Logical non sequitur; of course investors want value for money invested; unless losing money is their hobby. It is irrelevant to > who > built the business. Every company is built, and manned, by people of character, dignity, and courage ( if you’ve ever attempted to operate your own business you know how much courage it takes).
You wanted an invisible hand — it became a digital hand. Today’s markets are those where the majority of trades are done literally robotically. We want a visible handshake: to trust and to be trusted.
Who does > not > want to trust, and be trusted by, those one deals with?
You wanted growth — faster. We want to slow down — so we can become better.
Logical non sequitur; what does faster have to do with becoming “better”, and at what?
You didn’t care which communities were capsized, or which lives were sunk. > We want a rising tide that lifts all boats> .
You wanted to biggie size life: McMansions, Hummers, and McFood. We want to humanize life.
Most folks want to be appreciated as an individual; to believe that their life makes a difference, and that they have made a contribution to future generations.
You wanted exurbs, sprawl, and gated anti-communities. We want a society built on authentic community.
“Community” has nothing to do with > where > we live.
You wanted more money, credit and leverage — to consume ravenously. We want to be great at doing stuff that matters.
Money and consumption vs.“doing stuff that matters”? Logical non sequitur; what is the connection here? We all want to be good at what we do.
You sacrificed the meaningful for the material: you sold out the very things that made us great for trivial gewgaws, trinkets, and gadgets. “We’re not for sale: we’re learning to once again do what is meaningful.”
This > I have a hard time swallowing, if what I observed at the Verizon store yesterday is any indication; customers waiting three deep at the counter; mom’s with youngsters, teenagers, laborers, businessmen … all waiting to pick up the latest and greatest technology that they think they > need > for their lives. Every other commercial on television is either for an automobile, or a cellphone, and the one’s in between them are for computers, financial management services, or hamburgers.