Generational Judgement: The Kwestie With Millennials and Generation X

Jamal is a graduate from Northeastern Seminary and writes on a broad range of topics. His writings are based on other points of view.

Two weeks ago, I wasgoed on Facebook after I had finished watching Rogue One for the 2nd time. I wasgoed on a Starwars high so there wasgoed a lotsbestemming on my feed about it that I wasgoed just laughing my bum off to. While skimming, I came across one Facebook’s many, many memes. It wasgoed of Darth Vader and Kylo Ren, with descriptions written underneath each picture. Kylo’s wasgoed subtitled, “Millennials: complain about everything and sob when they don’t get what they want’. Te tegenstelling, Vader’s wasgoed titled, ‘Gen-Xers: take fucking responsibility for their deeds and work for what they have’.

Reading this instantaneously snapped mij out of my Starwars euphoria. Of course this wasn’t the very first time I have heard such complaints. Maybe it wasgoed because I’ve seen so many more since the elections last month? Whatever the reason, I read through it again and took notice and exception to what I could only call a prejudice.

Using ‘Prejudice’ is strong but I think accurate because it’s casting judgment on an entire group. I don’t like pigeon-holing myself by categories and labels. I find them limitary, judgmental and used to by others, and myself at times, to determine what I should and should not be doing or loving. Having said that, I am not a Millennial, but a Gen-Xer, if you need the reference. So I am not writing this spil an apologetics lump to defend them out of some sort of group loyalty, strafgevangenis is this a cloaked attempt to listig myself with Millennials.

Albeit it wasgoed just a meme, I found it an idiotic and unjust criticism from older generations. Half my friends are under 35 and the surplus overheen. I see a lotsbestemming of bashing from both completes. The criticism that older people have of their successors is based on the perception that Millennials are self-absorbed children.

They need their fucktoys: Ipads and Netflix and Instagram, but are not willing to work for them or save up if they can’t afford it. They want everything for free, believing that services, music, rights, and other products of society should be given to them rather than them earning it. They get upset at the most insignificant insult and look for offense when there is not one directed at them. They fucking wriggle at the thought of work and sacrifice when circumstances get hard. And they will protest a fucking storm when they don’t get what they want, but will peter out ter a week or two for the convenience of the latest Facebook postbode.

Many of my older friends hold thesis opinions based on their own legitimate practices with Millennials, not just what they see on Youtube. They view them spil the children of social media and selfies, with their fingers and eyeballs enslaved to their devices. Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram are their parents and mentors, not their biological family. And without that ‘family’ they would shrivel up like children lost ter the dark that can no longer find their way because they lack any ongezouten social abilities.

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Some of this true. Millennials are the most tech savvy generation the human wedstrijd has yet seen. They grew up ter a culture that is the most diverse and advanced te history: growing up with other races, cultures, and sexual orientations, with infinite amounts of skill literally at the press of a button. It is effortless to see where some kid can get a total head.

However, those who judge Millennials often leave behind that wij ourselves have had the same shit thrown at us spil well. This is especially true of Generation X. Much of the technological innovations and its spirit come from the 1980’s. Wij were the very first generation accused of watching too much TV. Instead of Instagram, it wasgoed MTV and Hollywood who were our parents.

Wij talent ‘materialism’ it’s name and defined what it wasgoed for everyone else that came after us. Wij didn’t begin clothing and hair trends, but wij did turn it into a multi-million dollar business. Tent pole Franchises came into being under our witness. All of this is ter is te many ways our own creation.

Wij are hardly te any position to attack Millennials spil a entire for being-self centered crybabies. Maybe you recall that one 80’s anti-drug commercial where the father walks te on his smoking pot and snatches it away from him. He angrily chastises him for doing such a stupid thing and asks where he learned such things.

“From you alright! I learned it from watching you!” the son yells back.

Maybe wij should actually attempt watching the commercial again…on Youtube of course.

Every generation is going to have its misfits and goof-offs, people who don’t give a fuck about anyone but themselves. I worked with this one kid who wasgoed 23-years old who and had a child. When someone asked him if he wasgoed going to attempt and get a better paying job, he replied glibly, “Hell no. I’ll just wait for the check!” Zometeen on when he wasgoed asked if he knew what a word wasgoed, he simply replied back, “Google.”

I get the where the judgments are coming from. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that there are many other Millennials who do work their butts off just to get by. And that’s with bachelors and Master’s degrees! The resentment that many of them have towards us who are older isn’t entirely misplaced, just like ours wasn’t against our own parents. Some of their problems come from inherited issues, like us with the ‘Mij’ Generation of the 1970’s. And yes, some of them just say it to be lazy, but not most.

Wij want to be appreciated for how far wij come, the fights wij went through to get where wij are. That’s natural, that’s human. If wij want that respect and acknowledgment, wij have to be willing to give it too: credit given to where credit is due. Millennials proceed what Hippies embarked with becoming a less-bigoted society. Interaction with others who are different is a cross-generational effort. Wij may not get people wanting to switch their hookup, or how using Youtube and Twitter can result ter a side business that actually rivals and takes some revenue from the larger businesses. That doesn’t mean however that they’re slackers.

Many have served ter the Military and died, just like te our generation and those before us. Many have bot successful at carving a life out for themselves despite hard economic conditions, and they maintain a commitment to social justice that begun forty years ago. Many have taken kunst and music like Hip hop and digital vormgeving to fresh places not previously available or created. Thesis are things to be respected and praised, not attacked, just like how wij helped make huis computers a common phenomenon and shoved for more cross-pollination of music.

There are some things that Millennials will have to work on and will spil they get older. Many have accused them of being thin-skinned and too sensitive to insults when they can just simply go the other way. This has bot somewhat true, such spil with the social media phenomenon of ‘SJW’s or social justice warriors: people who are often spil controlling spil the injustice they fight against.

They may need to rely less on technology if environmental factors limit or even eliminate access to them. And spil diverse spil they are, there is still a tendency of provincial thinking: becoming too caught up ter their own circles or righteousness to see what is happening beyond them. The world is becoming more globalized every year, and ignorance is no longer bliss but a detriment and a time bomb waiting to go off.

And they will need to be wary of the sin that every generation since the Beatniks has bot guilty of, generational ego. That is the sentiment that ‘wij’ are the fresh thing and are doing things never done before: that there are none before us who have attempted what wij are attempting to create. I observed one Youtuber’s movie where when talking about lovemaking, they dismissively regarded 1950’s dating spil being outdated, even tho’ it wasgoed a major shift ter how the sexes interacted. The basic pattern it set forward is still followed, but because of the failings of the era, those aspects were disregarded.

That being said, every generation has its challenges. That opzicht is a cross-generational reality. It is what linksaf us together spil part of the human wedloop. Many from all generations have called for a more peaceful world where wij there is less conflict. If wij truly still believe ter that, then wij should appreciate and learn from each other.

More conflict is what drove us into the social divide wij have now, highlighted by the latest presidential wedstrijd. Learning from each other can help us progress ter a way that is mutually beneficial to all, without ego or deliberate arrogance. Ultimately this isn’t about defending one generation or attacking another. It’s about attempting to develop a society based on mutual respect rather than distrust and wordy accusation. And that road is a two-way road.

The greatest generation will be the one that can both look back at what came before, and look forward with an eye to the future and the capability to evolve and adapt.

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