The baby boomer generation has, like any generation, its strengths and weaknesses. Its strengths include extraordinary vitality, creativity, and idealism, plus a willingness to experiment with new idea beyond traditional values. Some social observers have seen in the boomers and "awakening generation", evidenced by an extraordinary creativity in everything from music to computer technology, political action to lifestyles, ecological sensitivity to civil rights. I believe there is much truth and goodness in those endeavors, to the boomers' considerable credit.
Boomer weaknesses, most critics agree, include and unusual dose of self-absorption and narcissism, so much that most people, boomers included, simply nod their heads in acknowledgement when the phrase "the Me generation" is mentioned.
Thus, it seems that my generation is an extraordinary mixture of greatness and narcissism, and that strange amalgam has infected almost everything we do. We don't seem content to simply have a new fine idea, we must have the new paradigm that will herald one of the greatest transformations int he history of the world. We don't really want to just recycle bottles and paper; we need to see ourselves dramatically saving the planet and saving Gaia and resurrecting the Goddess that previous generations had brutally repressed but we will finally liberate. We aren't able to tend our garden; we must be transfiguring the face of the planet in the most astonishing global awakening history has ever seen. We seem to need to see ourselves as the vanguard of something unprecedented in all of history: the extraordinary wonder of being us.