I'm Gen X, and it just hit me today, as I was getting ready for work, I looked at myself in the mirror and thought "man I am starting to look kinda old" and then it hit me that, when we were young, we were taught to respect our elders BECUASE they were old.
I remember thinking how cool it would be that people would respect me for being old when I got old. But now that I am old, we're suddenly in a culture in which people only respect you if you do what they like.
So I guess the culture is telling me that I'm gonna have to keep WORKING for respect until the day that i DIE.
... I call bullshit!