Paul F. Tompkins - A Generation with Choices

Paul F. Tompkins: Crying and Driving Season 1, Ep 101 10/10/2015 Views: 7,557

Paul F. Tompkins talks about the downside having way too many choices and details the life cycle of people his parents' age. (1:53)

One thing you mustknow about me is that

I am a married man, whichto me is a miraculous fact.

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I never thoughtthat I would be married.

Well, like, notin my lifetime.

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Maybe my children, mychildren's children,

they'd see me married.

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But I am very surprisedand very delighted

because I was what youwould call a late bloomer.

Took me a while to getmy personal act together

because I am from ageneration that had more

choices than previousgenerations,

and I think thatdelayed maturing.

Like, my father's generation:the greatest generation.

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He foughtin World War II.

Here's how old thatguys is: he's dead.

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Right?

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That's as oldas it gets.

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His generation,very different.

Not a lot of choices.

Here were the choicesthat you had:

what everybodyelse was doing.

The end.

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It was very simple.

If there was a war,you enlisted in it

no questions asked.

You came home, you got ajob that you hated, why?

Because no one'sgonna marry you if

you don't have a job.

Why get married?

So someone willcook for you.

Sustenance.

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You have children to perpetuatethe cycle of misery.

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You retire at 50, youlook like you're 80.

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And overall of everything,

from the moment you areborn to the day you are

laid into the ground.

If you have a feelingabout something,

you just bottle that up.

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You don't say nothing to nobody.

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