According to todays society I am “lazy, entitled, selfish and shallow”. I recently read an article “Why Millennials Will Save Us All” by Joel Stein, and found this quote. It caught my eye, but in no way was I shocked. The older generations have looked down on us since we were toddlers, doubting us, judging us. Now I’m aware that the older generations are trying to prove that their one-sided, single storied opinions are true.
Early in the article Stein makes the points that we are spoiled and stubborn. He writes “Millennials got so many participation trophies growing up that a recent study showed that 40% believe they should be promoted every two years, regardless of performance”. They believe that our generation could “bring about the end of civilization as we know it” but it has been instilled in us from a young age. The older generations are simply judging us because we followed the example that was set for us. We are “Fame-Obsessed” due to the fact that we were praised for simply just participating, not being the best we can possibly be.
As the article went on I noticed Stein also talked about the good side of our generation, not just the bad. One quote that stuck out to me was “They’re not a new species; they’ve just mutated to adapt to their environment.” He is saying that we are adapting to a World that is so constantly changing. We are trying to make our own footprint on the Earth while we can, before we turn into the generation society is making us out to be.
In Stein’s closing paragraph he states ” A generation’s greatness isn’t determined by data; it’s determined by how they react to the challenges that befall them.” To heck with all of the stats, facts, and data it’s up to us to prove the older generations wrong. Let them believe what they want, but when its our time to shine, I say we shine. The ball is in our hands, It’s up the us to be the best generation we can be.