I will keep this short. The problem is we were the massive post war (II and Korea) generation so we are a huge burden that could be mitigated, perhaps, but not avoided.
With that said I can certainly agree with you because I’ve been devastated by what we did or failed to do. But you’re dealing with the bad half. As I’ve said here once, in response to another response, part of us were Vietnam. That was the last high casualty war in American history with over 58,000 killed, over 300,000 injured, and 75,000 permanently disabled of 1.2 million who served. Loss of limbs and crippling wounds were 300% higher than WWII and that is where all the domestic violence and horror stories featuring PTSD that you grew up with came from.
We don’t accept death and injury rates like that now. The Vietnam war was also the first full high tech war with much of the technology, now used remotely by AI, developed secretly then. The point being that those of us that were there saw a lot of the future and also learned the lies used to justify anything that the military industrial complex wanted. Those organizations made billions and used it to buy congress and everyone from Nixon to Obama. The Boomers who stayed home went for the plush jobs and forgot the work for choice, equality, and environment that we had started doing. They never looked back and decided that the only thing that mattered was money.
Those of us that were lucky enough not to die or be badly injured came back damaged by the realization of what power in this country really meant. And how the facade of democracy and civil rights covered the still open wounds of racism, misogyny, and bigotry. All of that was ok because the profits went up. Distractions and lies would keep people confused and the dream of great wealth would keep them working.
None of us wanted to admit we were so badly suckered. That poisoned the generation. There were no limits for us as long as we believed. But when you selected the magic door there was nothing there that mattered. Hence the high addiction, screw everyone, and drug death rates now.