thinks about the French Mai 68, but the change was already happening before,
about a decade ago: the first step happened during Elvis Presley’s concerts in
the 50s, crowded with teenagers. Curiously enough, youth started to walk towards
the hegemonic power just as new pop groups spread out: even our parents were
shocked by those storms who were the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. That was the
place where hundreds of teenagers became aware of their importance, their push,
their power. Everything started there.
it is true, they were quite right. Until that moment to be part of the youth
meant nothing else than a temporal period between school and marriage or between
military service and professional life, after having experienced survived to
hard proofs and long interim periods just because the boss, the businessman did
not retire because of his age but voluntary or due to sickness reasons. And then
the pendulum crossed the balance position and did not stop until reaching the
opposite side: “let’s ask for impossible”, “forbidden to forbid”, “imagination
to power” or “trust no one over 30”. What ever they might say, it was certainly
a revolution. A revolution, which, without much violence, succeeded. When
everything became again quiet, things have already changed and turned about
180º: business, social institutions and politics had been conquered; boys who
danced to the new rhythm at night were executives in the daylight. And new
technologies just came in to help them: computers left traditional practices
aside and devaluated any smart knowledge. To reach an early retirement was not
out of reach.
ok. We have already admitted that they were partly right. We, seniors, are not
reactionary; we do not want to stop the clock or to recuperate old privileges.
We only think that it is high time for the pendulum to come back to its balance.
Not much but not less.
want to say that it was unfair that reactionaries from the past kept their
working places just for the sake of not allowing young people to reach the
power. That is why it is unfair today to despise and to spend senior’ skills,
knowledge and values which are natural in the persons who have become more
mature because of his professional life. The have acquired these skills by
working very hard for a society, who rejects them today. It is not only unfair
but also illogical.
we are not only talking about the work field or business situations: the
appetite only for young workers discriminates seniors from working in political
and social institutions where decisions about their particular and general
interests are taken. They cannot take part in culture, health and prevision
decisions even if in some cases their experience will be of much help, even in
is true that the budget is aimed at most pressing matters. But intergenerational
solidarity is not about that. It is not about building bridges between different
social classes or generations which will continue to keep their distances. We
would say that it fits better to say, that the image should be to break down the
walls that are separating us and to experience the reality of a common vital
area with no differences. And, finally, we all would clearly understand that
high time for balance has come. We have to commit ourselves because everyone has
to start to make everything. Somebody said somewhere that “we have to gain the
prestige of the senior’s age”. This is the point.