The problem with Millenials isn’t with Millennials.
Let me explain.
I cancelled my SiriusXM account because they give a voice to Breitbart. I will not spend my money on a service that broadcasts actual Nazis.
Anyway, I now have to listen to the radio like I’m Laura Ingalls.
Morning DJs for a local rock station asked a question for a Metallica ticket give away.
The question was “What do 61% of all Millennials say they will never do?”
The DJs started running down Millennials with unwitty cliches like “Brush their teeth” or “Wash their hair”.
It occurred to me that these douche twizzles sounded like adults of my youth talking about “dirty hippies”. No difference at all.
I am paraphrasing here, but there is a saying about learning from our mistakes. “Those who don’t motherfucking learn from goddamn history are motherfucking doomed to repeat it. ”
Are there self-involved, entitled, lazy Millennials? Of course, there are.
Also, there are self-involved, entitled, lazy Gen-Xers.
And for all that is fucking holy, there are self-involved, entitled, lazy Baby Boomers.
Regardless of generation, there are large groups of people who suck.
This is science, people. You shouldn’t argue with science.
I honestly don’t know why all the hate for the Millennial generation.
The young Millennial adults I know are kind, informed, intelligent humans. I mean, sure, there are some twat monsters, but we just talked about the science part of this, right? There have always been and will always be twat monsters. In every generation.
I am at the tail end of the Boomers, which sucks for a couple reasons.
- First, Boomers sort of equal elderly now and I am not elderly. I’m not a baby or anything, but fucking hell. Not elderly.
- Second, because a lot of Baby Boomers suck ass. Selfish, short sighted, and whiny as fuck. I saw a meme the other day about being an age where their parents struck them with a wooden spoon and therefore are, I don’t know, better? More valid? The meme implied they were hard working and had high morals because the people who were supposed to love and protect them, assaulted them with a piece of wood.
I asked a question on Twitter about why some Baby Boomers wear getting beaten by their parents as a badge of honor.
I got some heartbreaking answers. There were people who chose to not have children because of fears they would hit their own kids like they were hit to PTSD issues from being abused as children.
Then, I had people who say that the younger generations are weak and entitled and, if they had had their asses beat, they’d be better adults now. You should envision the people giving these answers with their pants hiked way up high, shaking a cane, and worrying about the state of their lawn.
It does us no good to be so afraid of our young adults.
They see life differently. They are going to choose paths we would never choose; paths that weren’t even available to us.
We have to adapt. If we can’t bring ourselves to help them find their way, then we need to step aside and allow them find their way without shaking our goddamn canes at them.
Also, younger people, we Baby Boomers might be sort of approaching elderly, but we still count.
We are still as valid. Our voices matter, our ideas matter. Not all of us need to fade away with our backward thinking and hateful rhetoric. Some of us still want to contribute and grow and change. A lot of us.
You know what, though, this sort of thing kind of pales when you consider what is happening around us.
Did you see the marches this weekend?
- I watched a young woman stand in silence for minutes while a half a million people followed suit. It was powerful.
- I watched a young woman who less than a month and a half ago was shot in both legs and got shrapnel in her eye give a speech, puke on stage, finish her speech, and then sing happy birthday to her dead friend.
- I watched an 11 year old girl speak for women of color whose stories of being gun violence victims are never front page news.
- I watched millions of people from all over the world march in support of a handful of high school students who made this happen in just a few short weeks.
Baby Boomers, Millennials, and Gen-Xers need to set the bullshit aside, roll up our sleeves, and pitch in.
Generation Z has got shit handled.
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