The Millennials. I was pretty mad when I saw that Time magazine cover story. I’ve been hearing and reading about the dumbing down of a generation a little too much lately. It seems to be something that happens once in awhile. Say, every 20 years or so.
We all point our fingers at the generation behind us and we say ‘Ha! They’re ruining EVERYTHING!’ The same type of people who probably said that all these rotten kids who don’t want to learn the oral history of the world and are relying on reading things like books instead of just memorizing the way we used to are lazy bastards.
The same kind of people who said that the younger generation were just self entitled losers and wanted handouts because they wouldn’t go out and work on the farm from dawn until dusk, put in 18 hour days and be grateful for a 1/2 day off to go to church. Who expected Mom and Pop (or the Boss) to go out and buy an expensive tractor to do the work. Lazy bastards.
But here’s the thing, they seem to think that WE, as in MY generation, tanked the whole thing. Created this shit show that they are going through. The truth is that it’s been tanking for quite a while. This shit show was on it’s way down the toilet when I got here in 1960. You think that it was our generation that poured the econmy down the toilet in wars, and golden parachutes for rich stockbrokers? Lemme tell ya, it wasn’t me. It wasn’t anyone I know either.
We did our share trying to get this circus under control. All that crap that used to be taken as given, WE were the generation that did something about it. We didn’t whine and cry and point fingers. We went onto the streets and marched and rioted and VOTED and things are better. Not ALL better, I’m not your Mommy, I can’t make it ALL better, just better for minorities, women and workers.
Or, here’s an even better idea! How about if we stop pointing fingers at ANY generation and point them squarely where they should be pointing…the corporations, governments and institutions that are sucking us dry and distracting us with shiny new toys.
We were ALL here when Rawanda happened. Remember that? No? Here’s a refresher. The Rwandan Genocide was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority. During the approximate 100 day period from April 7, 1994 to mid-July, over 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed. Over ONE MILLION. In about 100 days. More died in the following months of sickness and starvation. The genocide was planned by members of the core political elite, some of whom occupied positions at top levels of the national government. Perpetrators came from the ranks of the army, the National Police, government-backed militias and the Hutu civilian population. Yes, that’s right. The government.
Don’t remember anyone protesting that debacle. Why was there no response? No outcry? Because there’s no oil in Rawanda. Just people.
What about Chernoble? Remember that government attempted cover up? It was only when radioactive waste began to fall on Finland that they admitted they’d had a melt down.
This is your chance to make a difference. This is YOUR generation. IT’s YOUR time. So rather than just complain about no jobs, a tanked economy and global warming, how about if you put down your phone, stopping Instagraming yourself for two minutes and do something about it.