Jenny, I'm sorry you were offended by what I wrote in the last Sunday Afternoon Tea. The challenge of writing in blog format (or as part of an online community or forum) is in trying to communicate within the context of using words when, if we really were sitting down and having tea together, we would be using body language as well as interrupting each other to further explain what we are saying.
I actually was more concerned that readers would think I was putting down people who live in big houses and drive fancy cars. Not at all! We are all in different seasons of our lives as well as a variety of income levels. I have had plenty and I have had nothing and everything in between. I can't say I am overjoyed with dropping below the poverty level but I am... curious... as to how it is going to turn out.
I certainly know not all Baby Boomers were raised to be materialistic. It is just that, as a trend in society, many turned out this way. Oh, the parents never said they were raising their children to be materialistic. It usually came out in such a way as to say they wanted their children to have an education they never had so they had more "options". Those options hit the perfect storm of advertising and a post WWII economic boom in most of the Western world which resulted in materialism for many.
All I am writing about is the importance of being content with what we have been given. Without contentment, one could have millions of dollars and it would never be enough. I'm not sure I'm explaining this correctly as I am tired and my brain is rather fuzzy but I wanted to make certain you knew that was never my intent. I certainly never meant to imply all Baby Boomers are not grateful.