chownah wrote: ↑
Wed May 22, 2019 2:49 am
A Solution For Loneliness: Get Out and Volunteer, Research Suggests
Just for clarification, I am not lonely.
What I am saying is approximately this -
If I were born in 1850, then in 1900, my 80-year-old father and I would have shared the same tastes in food, clothing, and music. This more or less continued till 1950.
Fast forward to 1970, there began to be noticeable differences in taste and traits between parents and children (remember the story of The Wonder Years).
Now 50 years after that .. there is a complete disconnect. If I am having a conversation with a 19-year-old, it is as if I am talking to an alien. Let alone Jim Morrison most of them consider Madonna to be .. err .. an antique and have vaguely heard of Springsteen.
The obvious answer would be all those who enjoyed watching Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday should form a club or forum. Unfortunately, social media has not done anything constructive to connect people but made them even more distant.
It is even more apparent in a country like India where 50% of the population is below 25 (though I really dont wish to make this thread country specific).
All advertisements, product launches .. popular movies and music .. design and layout of shopping malls is aimed squarely at those below 30, making it slightly uncomfortable for someone approaching 50. If you have seen a thousand commercials over 4 years and not one had a character above 35 it plays on the mind.
Of course, the obvious answer is to lead my own life, listen to Pink Floyd and The Doors, read Solzhenitsyn and suttas and watch Apocalypse Now (which is a rather neat summary of my life).
But we are humans and seek connection (not that I am lonely and seek that kind of connections but just a chat once a week will do) .. that is where it hurts ..
All in all, it is a struggle to stay relevant (though a more significant question then looms - does one need to remain relevant).
"The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”― Albert Camus