I’ve written before how millennials, specifically those in the New lost Generation, are a product, not the problem, of state meddling. I grow weary of listening to older generations complain about how lazy, stupid, coddled, unmotivated, and intellectually vapid millenials are. I don’t necessarily disagree with their observations, but their conclusion, that millennials aren’t following “the plan,” is absurd.
They are doing exactly what they are raised to do.
Whenever I mention this, that millennials didn’t raise themselves, that someone had to teach them to behave like this, I get dismissals or indifferent shrugs. It’s hard to argue with. After all, the parents and grandparents didn’t really raise them; the state schools did, from kindergarten to college. Or TV and the Internet taught them what to think and believe because the parents were too busy doing whatever they thought was more important than actually spending time with them and get to know them. Or they got divorced, kicked the father out of the house and shacked up with Harley McBadboy who abused the kids, and then wonder why they aren’t gung-ho about marriage.
When your kids spends more time with a stranger growing up than with you, you might be their biological father or mother, but you didn’t raise them.
What a lot of these older people don’t want to admit is that they shirked their responsibilities. They dropped the ball, big time. No one wants to take the blame, so it’s better to blame the creation.
And I’m not alone on this, thankfully. Paul Rosenberg at Free-Man’s Perspective writes that millennials are no better or worse than previous generations . What’s changed are the circumstances they are forced to operate in. Rather than admit that the circumstances are flawed, the Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers like to push the blame on the victim.
The millennials are struggling to get ahead with thick chains around their ankles and sometimes around their wrists as well. That they are not producing great results is no surprise. And to criticize them for this is cruel, especially when it comes from the same people who helped to forge those chains.
The last part is what angers me the most. Those who harangue millennials are the very ones whose prosperity, financed on borrowed money, millennials are now paying for with a lackluster economy, greater regulations, and taxation. The ones retiring with a hefty pension and a generous retirement fund after working at the same company for decades doesn’t consider that the economic opportunities granted to him were inflated and only now are the consequences being felt by their children, many of whom struggle for years to find a decent job, have no hope of a retirement, and certainly no expectations of a pension when they’re old and gray.
As Stefan Molyneux once remarked, don’t tie an anvil around my leg and then call me a bad swimmer.
The boomers and Greats prospered by piling up debt. As a result, the entire modern economy is weighed down with it. For example, depending on whose numbers you prefer, total US government debt and obligations is between 70 and 220 trillion dollars, an unconscionable figure. It was the generations before you that dumped that on you. (And I’m not even counting the intentional slavery of student loans.)
As I wrote in my article on the New Lost Generation, millennials are the scapegoat because many in the older generations are utterly unwilling to even contemplate that they voted to rob their children and their children’s children’s future to finance short-term benefits for themselves. Nor do they want to admit that they gave their kids bad advice or told them to operate from an outdated playbook when the rules no longer applied. Telling your kid to get a college degree, that it didn’t matter what you studied because any of them will get you a good job, to take out loans because you can pay them off with your good job, is about the worst advice you can give. There’s hardly anything more awful than encouraging your child to makes themselves debt slaves before they can legally drink and then blaming them as they struggle with poverty once they graduate.
The only advice worse than that were from mothers insisting to the point of lunacy that if their sons were “nice” (Read: Pushovers) they would meet the girl of their dreams
after she’s ten years older, dated several Harley McBadboys, and had her hearted broken and innocence destroyed.
The facts here are fairly simple. Those who disagree don’t lack intellectual ability; they lack emotional ability. In particular, they are emotionally unable to consider that the status quo is flawed, failed, and oppositional (emphasis added).
The Dr. Frankensteins of this country needs to stop complaining about the monsters they created and own up to their authorship of the problem. The towns people need to stop complaining that the children are led away by the Pied Piper because the adults refused to pay him for getting rid of the rats.
Millennials are a reflection of what they were taught. Complaining about them is like looking into the a mirror and then saying something’s wrong with it because of how inaccurately it reflects what you look.