Your generation has lived like GODS, RE ...GODS. At least all this opulence was not (completely ) wasted on you, as it was on the vast majority of them, and since you don't have any children, I'd say you shouldn't even lose any sleep about it! If there's a single morality that's worth considering, it should be to ensure one's children's survival, something like the seven generation sustainability law. Every other moral concept is utter bullshit, and at this point future generations are screwed beyond anything imaginable, anyway.
I mentioned earlier in my short reply to this comment that although MY Generation, the Mid to Late Boomers certainly has had a great ride up until now, really its the Silent Generation, those who were children at the time of WWII who really got the Maximum Bennies of "Living Like Gods" if they happenned to be born in the right place on the Planet for hitching a Ride on the Industrial Train.
Said folks are 75 now and mostly dieing off, although of course due to modern medicine and so forth there are more than usual still ambulating and keyboarding also. Its tough to lay Blame on people who are mostly DEAD already or soon to be Dead, so the Succeeding Generations of GenX, GenY and Millenials are already heaing the Blame on the Boomers as the Profligate and Selfish Generation that is Proximally Responsible for the the ongoing Crash of Industrial Civilization.
To se that Blame Game in action, all you need to do is read Jimbo on The Burning Platform for a while, where he excoriates Boomers on a regular basis, identifying himself with the GenX crowd. Fact is that Jimbo is really a Boomer himself, his birthdate puts him at the Tail End of the Boomer Generation by most definitions, not GenX.
Fact also is though that not only are the Boomers not "responsible" for this, neither really are the Silents, though they certainly were the ones to gear up Industrialization, build the first Nuke Power Plants etc. Boomers weren't graduated up yet an in high enough positions of Power to send us down that road. Tricky Dick Nixon who took the FSofA off the "Gold Standard" fabricated up at Bretton Woods for example was no Boomer, he was born in 1913 which I believe makes him part of the "Greatest Generation", the ones who fought WWII.
Hard to find anyone to Finger as more responsible for Morris Berman's WAFER ideas than Tricky Dick. No more Corrupt Politician ever existed anywhere in any time I suspect. However, even fucking Dick Nixon isn't "responsible", because you can predate him with the Corrupt Assholes who pushed through the Federal Reserve Act and the IRS in 1913, only briefly after Dick had popped out of his mom's vaginal canal before the Christmas Congressional break. He wasn't at Jekyll Island, he was at the time a peaceful child sucking milk from mom's tits.
Were THOSE guys the responsible ones? Of course not, you can keep going back this way right to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and then if you are real SERIOUS about tracing back BLAME you could lay it on the first Dickhead who claimed a parcel of land as his OWN and started planting Millett on it, around 10,000 years ago I believe.
Far as the Silents and the Boomers go, those who hooked on at some level to the Gravy Train were the BENEFICIARIES of this Millenia long "Progress to Modernity", but in general the average J6P is not RESPONSIBLE for this, said J6P never had any CHOICE in this matter really. The DIRECTION of society has always come from a few Elite at the top who always directed society to best serve their own interests.
Far as the Early Boomers go, for the most part I suspect their Bennies will hold up long enough for them to hit 70 or so, but mid-to-late Boomers are likely to see theirs disappear here along with Bernie Madoff's and John Corzine's disappearing Money acts. So although we got a nice ride there at the tail end of the Age of Oil, the End Game will not be Pretty for these folks, myself included in that mix. One of the reasons I don't really worry about my Bad Health all that much, because if I Die Sooner rather than Laker
it mainly means I won't Suffer so much before I buy my Ticket to the Great Beyond.
As all of us Boomers eventually make our way to the Great Beyond, will the succeeding Generations continue to Blame this generation for the Sewer of a World they inherited? Possibly, but hopefully after THEY pass into the Great Beyond also, eventually whoever does survive will realize this was not the "Fault" of one particular Generation and it's Greed and Selfishness. This has been Ongoing since Ag first hit the Scene, which basically amounts to the Exit from the Garden of Eden.
For myself, do I feel GUILTY about the fact I lived this life for so long as I did? Not in the least, in fact I am glad I got lucky enough to enjoy as much of the Bennies of this period as I did. I never had to go fight in a War and kill some other people. I got to drink really good Beer at several Breweries in Europe on ANOTHER trip I made there touring Breweries.
$2 for the Tour of the Brewerie, at the end you could drink Beer for as long as you could still stand up.
For the most part also, I had to WORK at some Un-God-like Jobs for months or years to get a few weeks of God-Like living. I walked away from being able to live like a God Full Time when I walked away from Wall Street, and because of that I sorta stayed a MENSCH for my whole life, and I am glad I did that also.
for my trip in Europe Coming of Age in the Age of Oil? HELL NO. Nor do I have any guilt for my years cruising on my BMW R100RT Motorcycle either. Nor any GUILT for driving around my Ford Explorer SUV today, or eating Rib-eye Steaks I BBQ up coated with High Fructose Corn Syrup BBQ sauce from Cows fattenned up on GMO Corn in Chicago Feedlots either. This is life at the end of the Age of Oil, if you are fortunate enough to still have a Job or enough Money that still works to be able to afford it. The Fatty Foods, the Cigarettes and the Beer are gonna Kill me Soon, sho'nuff there. What of it? I got my ride, I got my Adventure in the Age of Oil.
I got my Swedish Girl too. I got my MEMORIES
and I take those with me to the Great Beyond, and leave a few behind here on the Internet until it Goes Dark, and then in the Memories of those who read what I wrote before they also get their Tickets.
That's how it GOES. Everybody Knows