the triple tragedy of the boomer generation

Some years back, I saw Marianne Williamson speak at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs. I don’t recall her exact words, but she spoke of a psychological wounding of an entire generation; that the baby-boomers who lived through the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the 1968 assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and presidential-hopeful Sen. Robert F. (Bobby) Kennedy, became frozen by the overwhelming shock and loss — permeated with an unconscious belief that if we poured our energy and passion into the public sector and devoted our lives to affecting fundamental change, “…(they) might kill (us).”

This video montage (about 6 minutes) includes Bobby Kennedy speaking in Indianapolis hours after Martin Luther King was murdered. His address is credited with maintaining peace in Indianapolis that night, while other American cities erupted in riots, looting, and flames. I remember sitting on my front porch and watching smoke fill the sky as the Nation’s Capital burned.

Marianne Williamson spoke about this more in PBS’s Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly in 1997. Click here.

5 thoughts

  1. Dean (and Susan),

    Thanks for your thoughtful comment. After visiting your blog and ruminating a bit about “Purpose,” I was struck by the connection between that word and the word “Intention.” Taken together, the two seem to embody a fuller, rounder, more grounded signature than either word carries alone. I’m happy to add your site to my Blogroll (right-hand sidebar under Health/Healing/Transformation.


  2. The Greek Philosopher Heraclitus said “Nothing endures but change” unfortunately he forgot to add that changes are often painful. What this generation endured was nothing short of generational genecide.

    The corrupt LBJ tossing our youth into a war, for profit, with no end in sight. Our kids were changing societal musical, fashion, and moral ideas.

    The 1960’s was the gateway of change and the leaders like JFK, Bobby, and MLK were exterminated for their ideals.

    Please consider the following as it pertains to purpose. The word and idea of purpose could be the mantra for 1960’s generation:



  3. Kathy,

    Thanks for visiting again. We all seem to need so many reminders — or else we forget everything in the crush of everyday.

    You’re welcome!


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