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My prediction continues to be that in ten years the baby boomer generation, that early on promoted the slogan "Don't trust anyone over 30," will be promoting..... ancestor worship.

I think this phrase is often misunderstood. One thing that is important about it is that it was said around 1965 or so, when the warning was not to trust anyone born in 1935, or before. Those people would have been (what are now called) teenagers during the years 1948 to 1954 or maybe even before. That is, before rock 'n' roll. The youth culture that followed things like "Rock Around the Clock" (1956), the British Invasion, the Beatles, the Sixties and counter-culture in general, the anti-war movement, the civil rights movement, etc. etc. marked a wide generation gap between those people who grew up during (or pretty shortly after) WWII. It was this WWII-era culture that the counter-culture was counter to.

The slogan is a dated one, in that it dates to that particular period. It has nothing to do with the idea of not trusting people who are now over 30 (and may even have lived through the 60's). It had to do with the self-identity of the young people of the 60's counter-culture and what they saw themselves as counter to.

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