Understanding the Baby-Boomers

By Samuel Phineas Upham

If you relate to the following phrases, then you’re probably a baby-boomer: “Lamaze classes; baby showers; ‘parenting skills’; preschool anxiety all the way up to college; transitional phases; timeouts; chronic credit-card debt,” and the list goes on. In the article, “Reinventing Middle Age,” Daphne Merkin begins by writing a long list of words and phrases that according to her should be familiar to you if you’re a baby boomer. The article is about what it feels like to be “middle age,” and how this term wasn’t even around before the baby-boomer generation.

According to Merkin, because they’re considered middle age, the baby-boomer generation acts a certain way. For example, she writes, “Our lives are characterized by a sophomoric vicariousness: we behave as though our children’s triumphs and disappointments were our own and, facilitated by an increasingly euphemistic attitude toward extinction (now coyly referred to as “passing”), as if our deaths belonged to someone else entirely.”

Read the entire article at :  www.nytimes.com

About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website or Facebook.