* Editor's Commentaries - #29  The "Greatest Generation"! - Which Generation was in fact the Greatest? 

What's the Question?  Stay 'tuned,' for the editor's answer.

. Dear old truth-seeking Tom Brokaw has compiled a couple "best selling" books as of late, one entitled "The Greatest Generation" focuses on the generation that fought and/or suffered through World War II, but was that generation (my father's and mother's generation "The Greatest Generation"?

Matthew 1:1

"The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham."

Understandably, and predictably, a leading secular humanist "journalist" in a pluralist, secular humanist society could hardly be expected to view "the generation of Jesus Christ" as the greatest generation of human history (but just as clearly and irrefutably it is, Jesus saw to that).  What Brokaw refers to as "the greatest generation" understandably excludes the villains of that time, and those who marched to their orders; unfortunately it does not exclude enough villains (except by way of age), e.g. those who deliberately permitted the sneak attack of the U.S. Navy installation at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and did nothing to prevent the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese War Machine, and the doom of the American servicemen and their Philippino allies at the hands of the sadistic Japanese war-mongers.

The decades encompassing WWII, i.e. the 30's & 40's witnessed great sacrifice and heroism by so many, it was also a time that for all of the suffering endured, was a time of great excitement, great change, great growth, and it was a time when romance had not been so miserably diminished as it now has.

But tell me, do the Big Bands of the 40's, the dances of the 40's, the pin-up bathing beauty starlets of the 40's, the famous athletes and athletic teams of the 40's, the prolific movie industry of the 40's (including the pervasive glamorization/promotion of smoking cigarettes...and drinking alcohol), and the industrial "miracle" of the 40's constitute "the Greatest Generation"?

During the 40's, some changes took place which at the time surely were not viewed by most people as revolutionary changes which would forever harm America (but which have), and which are now hailed as great leaps forward, e.g. the mass migration of women from the home into industrial employment, introduction of women into military support roles within the armed services.

Additionally, and all importantly the great evils of the 40's (ordered by leaders from the previous generation, but carried out by the members of the WWII generation) disqualify the generation of WWII from being "the Greatest Generation."  So, what were the great evils of the war years?  The attempted annihilation of the Jews by Hitler's Nazi Third Reich and its accomplices, i.e. Mussolini's Regime, and the Arab regimes.  The "total war" waged against civilian populations by the evil powers - the Nazi Third Reich (chiefly in it's murderous bombings of the people of England), Mussolini's Fascist Regime (notably in his genocide of Africans, e.g. in Ethiopia), and Imperial Japan (seen in the unspeakably monstrous "scientific" crimes against humanity it committed against multitudes of Koreans, Chinese, and Americans, in its wholesale gang rapes and torture murders of multitudes of girls and women in Korea, China...and in its gratuitously barbarous torture & slaughter of multitudes in every nation it invaded).  But terribly "the greatest generation" i.e. the Allies, then resorted to "total war" against the civilian populations of Germany, Italy, and Japan (bombing whole cities full of vast multitudes of civilians in each of these countries to kingdom come), to conquer these nation's military powers and thus end the war(s), and justified these mass slaughters of civilians as necessary not only to end the war more quickly but to minimize the loss of life of Allied soldiers, hardly surprising considering what various US leaders saw fit to do to our own men at Pearl Harbor, in order to facilitate our politically popular entrance into World War II.

Additionally, any time I have heard/seen the subject of the greatest U.S. Presidents and most admired U.S. Presidents addressed, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman have been included as being in the elite crème de la crème, along with Abraham Lincoln*. 

. * Note: A historical backdrop.  Abraham Lincoln demanded his Union Army Generals destroy the civilian peoples of the southern states in America (common ancestry, heritage, and beliefs, notwithstanding), and despite the fact that the Generals under the leadership of Robert E. Lee stedfastly refused to even take so much as desperately needed food, shoes, and clothing for their starving, half naked, barefoot soldiers from Union citizens without paying for it.  Yet we view Lincoln as the greatest President, you know, the one who "saved the Union," and typically view Robert E. Lee as a traitor.

.  Fortunately, values, beliefs, morals...had not deteriorated as horribly by 1930, 1940, or 1950, as they have since then, most notably during the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s...the years of the generation borne by what Brokaw refers to as "the Greatest Generation."  

.  But thank God for what truly was "the Greatest Generation," i.e. "the generation of Jesus Christ."  Thank God, that despite morals, values, beliefs, justice, judgment, and truth having steadily deteriorated and diminished during the decades since the youth of "the greatest generation," there is a hope in the future, and that is not that mankind will save themselves, but rather that the Lord of glory will return and establish his eternal kingdom, wherein no wickedness will be permitted.  Finally there will be peace and joy, and all evil will be removed forevermore. 

Occasionally I think while standing up, walking, or even chewing gum, though I can't say I necessarily do my best thinking while exerting myself in these ways - Editor/Ed.

Boys are so silly, I prefer to do my deep thinking, reflection, ruminating, and meditation, while I am reclining at length in the tub, preferably with several servants to attend to my every whim and need.  [One must be careful to only think in moderation while soaking, though, lest one should turn into a prune!]  Umm, I wonder if those silly hunky stone-age boys are thinking about me?  If they think they can use me like I'm some worthless disposable thing, they've got another thing coming! 

{No, bathing beauty.  If I had a lady like you to think about (but a little less "hard-bodied" please), I wouldn't manage to think of anything else.  It is true, God does work in mysterious ways.}

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Al's secret to his superior thinking - sitting down.

 Ah yes, now I see the resemblance between Albert Einstein and CBM's Editor, they are both hard-bodied hunks (almost as if chiseled out of stone) and undeniably dreamers.



what's a hunk, am i a hunk too?  boy, i think that lady has the right idea, a relaxing soak in the tub home (toc)

ok you little feller, but while you are splashing around, pretend you are winston churchill, and not a seal.

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