No, not "Star Trek: Generations"
Every now and then, I find myself collecting information regarding the so-called cultural generations, which usually correspond to biological generations. I have not tead Strauss and Howe's book yet but I really want to.
Anyway, I was confused for quite a long time on which generation I belong to. Being born in 1986, I am too young to be a Gen X-er, but also a bit old to be a true Gen Y-er. And then, I found this really interesting phenomenon called "Cold Y generation".
Cold as in "Cold War", becuse we Cold Y-ers are the last to remember what life was when there was still an Iron Curtain and a Soviet Union. We remember the time before computers became everyday appliances. Heck, I even remember the First Balkan War/Yugo Civil War!
They say that Cold Y-ers are torn between the principles of X-ers and Y-ers and I agree. I spent my childhood in Socialist Hungary and still uphold many vaules of that era. Yet, I spent most of my life in the post-Cold War world, and I also value many aspects of this era.
I often find myself thinking about the upcoming generation, that is, that of my future children's. And I can't help but feel old. I'm only 23 but I have witnessed things which became important events of history: The fall of the Berlin Wall. The Soviet troops leaving Hungary. The death of Princess Diana. The 9/11 attacks. My kids will learn about these things in school. How will history judge these events? How will my kids see them? And will they belive my tellings of these tales, stories of a man who was born in the past century?