I am a member of the “Me Generation”. That’s right I’m part of Generation Y, a full blooded Millennial. I’m sure you’ve seen me on TV, that pretentious, narcissistic, self obsessed, technophile, drowning my Facebook feed in selfies because I want to world to see my face. I’m sure you’ve heard bosses complain about me, saying that I come into the workplace wanting a high paying job right off the get go with absolutely no ability to put their “nose to the grindstone”.
Frankly, I am getting really frustrated with this label. Where did the idea that we’re all entitled and narcissistic come from? It’s ridiculous.
Maybe we feel slightly entitled to earn sizable money out of college because we’re paying more for college than ever before and leaving institutions of higher learning mired in debt. We’re entitled? To what?! We are inheriting a planet crippled by pollution caused by generations living outside the means of the planet for years. We have been endlessly inundated from birth with more violence, blood, and death in a typical news cycle than previous generations would have expected in a year of war time. We do not expect a country or it’s leaders to be great. We expect our country to perpetually in debt. We don’t view the political system as fair or functioning.
So tell me where is the entitlement? Because I fail to see it. Do we expect peace? No. Do we expect outstanding moral heroes? No. Do we expect an easy cheap higher education? No. Do we expect fair access to the political system? No. Do we expect uncorrupt officials? No. Do we expect to retire at 60 or 65? No. Do we expect to be able to live as we are living now and sustain the planet? No. Do we expect to have a news cycle free of images of death and violence? No.
We are more likely to be diagnosed with depression by the time were 18 than any generation before us. We are saturated by media so constant that we can’t escape it even if we want to. We did not create the world, poisoned, broken, damaged, and polluted but we sure got it handed to us that way.
We are not entitled we are cynical and angry. We don’t expect things to be beautiful or transcendent anymore. We don’t expect finically stability as adults. We don’t expect equity. We aren’t entitled – we are scared and afraid of a future that has been ruined for us by preceding generations. We don’t expect peace.
We are the most disillusioned youth in history and we have only previous generations to blame. Yet we know that we will be paying their entitlement as a generation larger than our own exits the work force and begins to rely on Social Security and we will be forced to continue paying for this generation that screwed us over. I’m not saying we shouldn’t do this, I’m just saying the hypocrisy people calling the generation that will disproportionately pay for the entitlements of another generation entitled is a bit to much for me to handle. We inherit a system that denies racism still exists while acting in ways the demonstrably reveal it still does. We inherit the largest wealth gap in the history of the country. Call us pathetic, call us screwed, call us addicted to technology, call us vapid and silly, call us petty, call us annoying, just don’t call us entitled or narcissistic – because at this point that’s just not a factual statement.
It’s just incredibly frustrating to constantly hear this blanket label tossed around. Especially when it’s so inaccurate. It’s going to be up to us to change the world. Us Millennials have quite a task in front of us and unfortunately is going to be harder, more expensive, and more time consuming than ever to even get started, but we’re still marching on.
So to those calling my generation and me vapid, entitled and narcissistic, excuse me we’ve got to get started cleaning this broken crippled world you’ve so generously left us.
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