The “L” word

31 Jul

Trend alert:
Expect to see the “L” word popping up all over the place.

What, you don’t know what it is? It’s L-E-G-A-C-Y, and the Boomer generation (born 1943-1960) is attracted to it like a moth to a flame.

I just received my local community foundation’s annual report and found — no surprises here — a page announcing “Howard Legacy Society Launched.” Notice any L words there?

University of Maryland has started the Legacy Leadership Institute, which, in short, takes public and charitable dollars, creates an institution, trains boomers (specifically) in “meaningful lifelong learning and civic engagement opportunities” and then sends them out to the world as trained volunteers … with many of them hoping, actually, to get some paid work as well.

It’s cool and all. I mean, there is some value in this, of course. And each generation’s take on  problems and solutions is all part of the big soup of humanity. But I’m talking about the L word, and just found this particular expression of it so patently Boomer as being worthy of note.

Rock on, Boom Generation. Your energizing idealism need not die as you age. Just watch out for that Puritanical, moral superiority, hypocrisy thing that tends to mark your generations’ style in its elderhood — um, I mean its “active adult” years. You can be sure that my generation (13ers) will hold our Cavalier irreverence close at hand, regardless of the scowling insults sent in our direction.

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