There is a scene in the film Rocky Balboa where Rocky’s son, Robert, tries to convince Rocky, in his 60’s, to not box a young heavyweight. Robert goes on to say, “You gotta face reality, okay? It’s a different world now”. Rocky replies, “Only the clothes is different”.
Humans always want to believe that what they are going through is utterly unique in history. “Kids these days, they got no respect,” we repeat. We believe that the next generation will bring down civilization.
But did the Romans have their Greatest Generation?
Boys and girls willing to serve their country, because they believed it served a higher cause.
Did the Mayans have their Baby Boomers?
Children rebelling against the authority of their society, becoming consumeristic later in life.
Did the Mongols have their Millennials?
We’ll probably never know things so historically microcosmic.
But I have my money on history being as cyclical as it’s always been.
One thing I depend on more and more, humans will always be human.