A Case for the Millennial
Leave us alone.
No seriously, leave us alone.
Let me tell you what every millennial hates hearing, anything and everything that includes the word millennial in a demeaning way. What a surprise that a group of people hate being collected under one broad umbrella that characterizes them with aspects that aren’t necessarily true about them. We never get the chance to define ourselves, instead everyone else gets to paint the picture of who we are. Well I’ll tell you what, we’re tired of it and everyone out there that wants to belittle the young generations are mistaken. Let me make this clear to everyone who isn’t a millennial: you need us, and in 30 years you’re going to be entirely dependent on us.
Ah yes, let the anger flow through you. Say all the insults you want, we’ve heard them all:
“These kids don’t want to work hard, they’re lazy”
“They think they know everything”
“They don’t know how to live their own”
Well I’m here to set the record straight. Let’s tackle those three questions head on.
“Millennials are lazy. They don’t want to work, and don’t have a job.”
There is a huge disparity between what our elder generations and the youth of today qualify as “hard work.” For most of our older folks out there in the middle America, hard work is strappin’ on those overalls and gettin’ dirty and wiping sweat off your brow and looking off into the sunset after a hard day’s work. This also applies to all those people who scream and cheer when Trump comes to their town and says he’s “bringing back the coal miner jobs.” I’m sorry to inform you, but those small-town Virginian’s are horribly misguided. I’m not sure what they’re thinking, but why in god’s name would anyone want to work in a coal mine? Going hundreds of feet deep in a tiny cave where you get cancer from breathing in coal fumes and coming out covered in soot and coal dust sounds absolutely terrible, not to mention that mine could collapse any day and everyone could die and/or get trapped in there. I guarantee you anyone who isn’t working in a coal mine now, will never want to work in one ever. But coal mining isn’t the only terrible job that people who aren’t already engrained into the system don’t want. Bagging groceries, cooking patties on a grill in the back of a McDonalds, or driving a garbage truck, etc. Don’t get me wrong, if that’s what you do, you go crazy. I’m not saying those people are bad, but they simply settled for a basic level laborious job and I’m not sorry for them.
Millennials don’t care for these jobs because we don’t need them. We’re thinking ahead. All those jobs we mentioned, they’re not going to exist in 20 years. Well, they’ll exist, they just won’t be run by humans, but robots. THAT is where the jobs are. Building NEW things, creating NEW technology so we don’t need to do those basic jobs. We don’t need to throw people in a coal mine, we can make machines that can do it better, faster, and more efficiently. And in return, we make everyone smarter as a result. Technology and invention is where the next “work force” is. That’s what we should be telling our children and our students. If you want to drop out of school and fix cars more power to you, but just remember to thank everyone else who is developing machines and medicines and new ideas that will innovate and advance us. Sadly, I don’t think we’ll get there anytime soon so long as old farts like Trump and Pence and the majority of our congress are still in power, but that’s a different article altogether.
“They think they know everything”
While we do not in fact know “everything” we do know a great more about certain things than our older generations do. We have the entire internet at our disposal, we’ve grown up with iphones and social media and drones and all kinds of technological developments. They aren’t seen as some kind of foreign creation to us, they are completely normal and we embrace our technological environment. I actually can’t believe I have to say this but the younger generations and the kids growing up today actually believe in science, unlike a lot of our older generations. They understand we need technology to advance, we need vaccinations to cure our bodies and eliminate illnesses, we need to protect our planet from climate change because it’ll turn pretty sour if we don’t. They understand this, and by understanding it, they open their minds to so much more intelligence and information that our older generations shut out. They refuse to accept change, they want everything to stay they way that it has always been. Well newsflash people, you would be dying of polio right now if it weren’t for science, you wouldn’t be reading this on a screen if it weren’t for science, you wouldn’t be doing anything that you’re doing right now in this age without science and technology. The gap between us is growing and growing as our technology advances, all I can say is if you aren’t on board now you’re going to be left in the dust.
“They don’t know how to live on their own”
More and more studies are coming out about how people are staying with their parents into their late twenties even thirties, and this pisses old people off so much. According to them the very minute we turn 18 we should be kicked out on the street with briefcases in hand and start our adult lives instantly with a job that pays out living wage. Well I’m sorry, but that’s just not possible right now. Doing that to your child is really putting them in a really bad situation. Going to college is more important now than ever, especially with what I’ve said previously about our jobs moving toward more of a technological phase, and college is really damn expensive. I understand not everyone can afford to go to college (which is an entire other issue and the expense of college is doing nothing but stunting our nation’s growth) which leads them to getting a minimum wage job and they can barely afford their rent and their parent’s won’t let them back in because “you’re supposed to fend for yourself, pick yourself up from your own bootstraps” and all that crap. None of it makes sense. Why are our older generations so antagonistic towards us? Like we did something wrong to them? Like they weren’t the ones that got our in country into the shape it is now? We’re simply a scapegoat. They want to demean us to make them feel better about what they’ve done, about their lives. What is so terrible about staying home for a few years? Saving up money, being smart, being logistical, and then when you’re ready to leave you’ll be successful and actually ready. Instead of helping us to grow, to spur our imaginations and creative ideas and innovations, they are solely set on making us do things the way they did.
If that’s the case, then get the hell out of the way. We’re tired of watching the people in charge do the wrong thing. We’re tired of being pushed around as if we’re any different than they were when they were our age. Stop wasting our time and let us get something done for once. Let us use what we know, let us embrace our technological future and take us further that we have ever gone before.
Let us be us.