By Phin Upham

There is something unique about the baby-boomer generation, and it has nothing to do with the fact that they were born after the end of World War II. In the article, “Reinventing Middle Age,” Daphne Merkin suggests that the baby-boomers are unique because they belong to the “New Middle Ages.” According to Merkin, they were the first generation to be introduced to middle age “as a sustained mentality.”

As a baby-boomer, she writes, “We came of age convinced that life — far from being the vale of tears that people who lived in the Old Middle Ages conceived it to be — was supposed to make us happy in some ineffable but all the same transporting way.”

Although most of the article has a bleak outlook on the generation, it ends with encouragement and hope in the words of Bruce Springsteen: “So you’re scared and you’re thinking/That maybe we ain’t that young anymore. Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night.”

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