I am of the generation raised by the World War II veterans. I am certain that in some ways, they were our finest generation.
If they had a systemic flaw, it was spoiling the children. They lived under the myth that it was a new, new world. The mindset was a replay in a different key of the world right after The World War (I). We were no longer constrained by our humanity. A lot of stale and obsolete classical ideas about civilization went out the window. We were free to engage in the rational experimentation in civil society that our forebears spoke of!
They saw the children as a tabula rasa, upon which anything could be written. Racism and sexism, for instance, are a fragile flower – stamp them out for a generation or two, and they die off!
And the children started out diligently enough. They quickly gained enough insight to meaningfully criticize their world – but sadly enough, not the maturity to act on it properly. They took over things. They blew up things. They smelled awful. They made communes that promptly went broke.
That should have been sufficient to teach the youth about fallacy. But as they went into their Middle Ages, in the 1980’s or so, they discovered that the constraint of the father’s generation was falling away, and nobody could stop them from acting like swine. Greed. Good!
As the WWII folks realized the massive power for good that could be accomplished by the Enlightened Government, as THEIR parents, the WWI folks realized the massive power for good that could be accomplished by the Enlightened Corporation, the next generation just learned that Soak Somebody Else was a great tune to dance to.
We seem to be well into the principle – the the massive power for good that could be accomplished by Artificial Intelligence.
Few have the wit to find or know about such writers as Norbert Weiner and Neil Postman who warned years ago about the coming of the Silicon Master.
Healthcare – just a small example of the mess coming – has been adopted by the triad of Benevolent Government, Benevolent Corporations, and Silicon Leadership, to forge anew something familiar to each. Woe that it sucks. We have been at it for 25 years, and it’s nearly at fruition. Apres moi, le deluge.

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