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Re: Self-confidence vs. Age
In a message dated 97-06-08 01:26:06 EDT, Annette writes:
<< It takes guts to complain in such an environment. Nobody likes to be
perceived as a bore and a spoilsport, especially not younger people. Could
it be that as we age we gain more self-confidence and become less concerned
about peer pressure and are thus more likely to complain? That could easily
create the misconception that noise bothers only older people. >>
The aging thing is kind of complicated. When I was in my
early 20s I remember avoiding rock bands which were loud
enough to hurt my ears, but I didn't avoid rock music in
general. At that time, the amplifiers were less powerful. I
am 50 today.
Noise didn't start to be a problem in my life until I was in
my mid-30s. Had I become less tolerant with age? Perhaps
a little, but I think the problem mainly was due to the fact
that the noise level of the society had increased beyond the
tolerance level established at an earlier stage of my life.
A big problem is that many baby-boomers in middle age
are still living in Never-Never land and have a great fear of
being written off as old fogeys. They don't want to be
accused of being the "establishment" trying to repress
the joyful expression of youth. I have come across this
problem in several discussions with my age-peers.
This syndrome needs to be overcome to pave the way
for baby-boomers to use their influence in society to combat
noise abuse. Many of them, I'm sure, are willing to plant
flowers on the grave of Jerry Garcia. And then there's Bill
Clinton and his saxophone.
A few weeks ago I visited the director of the local Methodist
center near the University of Oklahoma. I tried to talk him
into sponsoring a coffee house, like they had there in the 60s,
to support and promote acoustic music. He wasn't interested.
He told me about how he had "modernized" his Sunday services
by incorporating amplifiers and electric instruments. He admitted
that it was pretty loud, but said that is what young people
want. He clearly expressed that he didn't want to be written
off as the "establishment" trying to repress them.
How sick. How Orwellian. The "establishment" is raking up
profits right and left by exploiting and promoting the noise
culture, and these pseudo-rebels are just a bunch of phony
-- Michael Wright
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