Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation is dying off, I’m sad to say. My parents were members and as I look at photographs of them pre- and post-World War II, I’m fascinated with the differences between their generation and ours. It led me to read Brokaw’s book, finally, and then to think long and hard about all that generation represented. And how different ours is. If you were all here, we’d be having a conversation about it.
So today, I’d like to do something a little different here.
A sense of personal responsibility and a commitment to honesty is characteristic of this generation.
Those were the values bred into the young men and women coming of age at the time the war broke
out….they were expected to be responsible for their behavior…honesty was assumed to be the rule,
not the exception. ~Tom Brokaw
Today, I’d like to ask for your thoughts about this quote and the differences between what we see now among young adults, and what was seen back in the 1940s and 1950s, if any. Feel free to riff on your thoughts and feelings in the Comments, no matter where they take you.