نهاية طفرة ازدهار المواليد

ميونيخ ــ وُلِد كارلوس بارينتوس الثالث في الساعة السادسة وخمس وأربعين دقيقة من مساء اليوم الحادي والثلاثين من ديسمبر/كانون الأول من عام 1964، على مسافة أميال قليلة شمال غرب مدينة هونولولو. وهذا العام سوف يبلغ من العمر خمسين عاما، وربما يجعله هذا آخر عضو في "موجة ازدهار المواليد" الأميركية الذي يبلغ هذه السن. إن الجيل الذي بدا ذات يوم وكأنه مثال حي للطاقة والإثارة بل وحتى الطبيعة المزعجة للشباب سوف يندرج أفراده رسمياً تحت فئة "المسنين" ــ حتى وإن قال البعض إنهم ليسوا كبار السن إلى هذا الحد. ولكن ماذا يعني هذا حقا؟

إن أعضاء "طفرة ازدهار المواليد" جيل نشأ في الولايات المتحدة على وجه الخصوص، ولكنهم أيضاً كانوا منتشرين في أوروبا وكندا وأستراليا وأماكن أخرى من العالم، بعد الحرب العالمية الثانية، عندما جاء النمو الاقتصادي السريع مصحوباً بارتفاع معدلات المواليد. وكان كل من ولدوا خلال فترة التسعة عشر عاما ــ من 1945 إلى 1964 ــ جزءاً من الجيل الأكبر عدداً والأكثر ازدهاراً والأفضل تعليما، وربما يقول البعض، الجيل الأكثر تدليلاً والأعظم تسامحاً الذي شهده العالم على الإطلاق.

فمن الجنس والمخدرات وموسيقى الروك آند رول إلى حركة الحقوق المدنية إلى فقاعات الدوت كوم والإسكان، في السرَّاء والضرَّاء، عمل جيل طفرة المواليد على تشكيل المجتمع الحديث. ومع وجود واحد من أصغر أعضاء هذا الجيل في البيت الأبيض حاليا، وآخرين في داوننج ستريت، وقصر الإليزيه، والمستشارية الألمانية، فمن الواضح أن هذا الجيل سوف يتسمر في القيام بهذه المهمة لسنوات قادمة.

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