The film is based on the week after the death of Princess Diana and focuses on the royal family's reaction. At the time, the Queen and Prince Philip particularly, received a lot of flak about their lack of emotion and initial refusal to appear in public. The film goes behind the scenes, showing Tony Blair (British Prime Minister at the time) pleading with the Queen to speak with her griveing people. He kept saying, "The people need you at this time." The Queen didn't quite know what to make of that. She didn't know how a public display of emotion on her behalf was supposed to help the British people.
How much of the film is based on reality is really anyone's guess (Prince Philip is portrayed as an insensitive twat), but it reinforced to me that I really don't understand the 'Silent Generation'.
The Silent Generation is the generation born roughly between 1925-1942 - those who are in their 60s, 70s and even 80s today. They survived the Great Depression and World War II in their youth. Queen Elizabeth II was born in 1926 and is therefore a part of that generation. I would even include my late Nan in that generation because, even though she was born in 1913, she displays many of the same traits.
Why I don't 'get' about the Silent Generation:
- Why is it bad to show emotion? Why were they encouraged (and why do they encourage their children) to remain stoic in the face of grief? Fair enough, you don't need to cry in front of everyone, but bottling it surely doesn't help either. If you want to deal with your grief this way, fine, but don't tell others they are wrong for grieving openly.
- Why do so many of that generation hoard junk they don't need? Broken appliances, dusty old books, bills from years ago. Ok, I get that they lived through the Depression and don't like to be wasteful. I don't like to be wasteful either. If it really has sentimental value, that's different, but I think many of them can't be bothered chucking stuff out. And I don't get the point of keeping something saying, "I'll fix it one day," when 'one day' never comes. Then the junk (and dust) keeps building up.
- Why do the Silent Generation talk about the 1940s and 50s like they were some kind of idyllic time in history and as if sin only entered the world in the 1960s? (ummm I'm pretty sure sin entered the world in the Garden of Eden).
- Why do those who are Christians have to be so black and white about everything, and often harsh to those younger Christians who are struggling in their faith? If I talk to someone around my age about a faith-related struggle, they will often share Scripture AND their own story with me. The Silent Generation tends to respond with, "Well, you just need to trust God more (and that's that)." I'm not saying our own testimonies are more important than Jesus, but sharing your own struggles can really help another person know they aren't alone. This is why I don't go to the Silent Generation with faith issues.
When I asked Duncan about the Silent Generation, he replied with, "I don't know. That's just the way they are." That's a helpful answer...not! Haha.
I don't get it. Please explain...
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