“Talkin’ about my generation”: the Who song once expressed the hope and self confidence of the Baby Boomers as they reached biological if not emotional maturity. It was an attack on the older generation, a defense of the young, but it includes an ominous refrain: “Hope I die before I get old.” Already, perhaps, the shadow of generational failure hung over the twenty something Boomers.First off, Pete Townsend, who wrote the song, was born in 1945. Not a boomer. Close, but not quite.
Next up, the song was released in 1965. The first boomers were born in 1946. No boomers were "twenty something" in 1965.
Mead is a boomer himself. Born in 1952. He grew up without calculators... so why can't he do the math?
I think it's a case of boomer self-hate.
Love yourself, Mead, it's not too late!
Instead of being masochistic,
wouldn't you like to be narcissistic?