The Greatest Generation - Hope for Our Healing
By Alicia Egan Vazzano
The Greatest Generation- Those who fought in and those who kept the homefront intact during WW II.
Those who grew up in the deprivation of the Great Depression answered the call to serve and save the world from the threat of facist maniacal tyranny. They returned to a grateful nation, and began the business of building their lives - and building American industry, policital muscle and freedom from foreign oppression
They were a bonded people, united in purpose: to survive the duty to which they were called, to end the Nazi Third Reich, and succeed in ending the most globally widespread and deadliest war in history. They were a bonded people, united with purpose: to survive the service to which they were called and to rebuild their lives in the aftermath.
1939 - 1964. More than 50 years ago.
This does not describe our current situation. Back then, it was a simpler time. The enemy was clearly defined and lived "Over There", not here.
What do we have in common with the generation that grew up during the Great Depression and WW II? The drive and desire to fulfill dreams, find purpose, make a difference.
What don’t we have in common with The Greatest Generation? Nearly everything else, but begin with unity. Without an obvious and agreed upon national enemy of the state, we turn on each other like squabbling siblings.
The Greatest Generation fumbled over McCarthyism, women’s rights, racism. Fifty years later, we riot and culture clash over sexuality, religion, racism.
Do not point fingers. Do not label an entire generation of people you don’t know and snidely refer to “millenials” as the base of the problem.
Indivdually, we will never agree on everything. It will take effort to find unity among us. Be a Hero. A Peacemaker. A Reconciler. Today. Tomorrow, at work. On social media, walking the dog, while buying coffee.
Seek to understand each other, our own neighbors. Strive to be bonded. Discover the joy of a positive common purpose. Find answers and inspiration from the Greatest Generation.