Tom Brokaw coined the term “The Greatest Generation” to describe the generation who grew up during the Great Depression. The young men who went off to fight in WWII and the men and women who stayed on the home front contributing to the workforce. Life during wartime, it was hell on earth.
But for those who were alive then. On the front lines and back home, there was no time to whine. There was no time to post status updates. They couldn’t tweet witty jokes and post a picture of the macrobiotic, gluten-free, vegan sandwich they got at the local co-op. No, for them there was no time to waste on bullshit like that…there was work to do.
They went to war and many of them gave up the ultimate sacrifice. They didn’t do these things for fame and glory. They didn’t do it for followers or online friends. They did it because it was the right thing to do; for their families, for their friends, for their country. They were without a doubt the last great generation we will ever see.
Fast forward to modern times. We have another polarizing generation: the millennial. This one is on the opposite side of the coin. Where the Greatest Generation was selfless and benevolent, the millennials (also known as Generation Y) are selfish and narcissistic. They are lazy and overly entitled. They are the living embodiment of “first world problems,” their struggles boiled down to a sarcastic hashtag.
And if you think I’m being harsh just try to have a conversation with a twenty-something.
They are what is known as the Microwave Generation. They want everything fast…instant gratification. A vast majority of them can’t recall a time when there wasn’t cellphones or iPods or computers. Their whole lives have been spent on the Internet. They were born in a time where information is readily available at their fingertips and they assume that is how the world has always worked. A click of the button will get you anything: from shopping for clothes to landing a job. Yet for all their dependency on technology they seem to take it all for granted. This generation has the greatest access to knowledge in the history of mankind and yet they are the ones that care the least about it.
Now, before you youngsters get your pitchforks out, I’m not calling you ALL lazy. A vast majority of you, yes. But not all. I know that there are exceptions for every rule. And you (insert your name here) are a special snowflake. You are unique and special and all that other happy, hippie bullshit that has been bestowed upon you over your life.
The generations before these overly entitled brats didn’t worry about hurt feelings and bullying. They faced their problems head on and handled their business. If something stood in their way they didn’t cry to their parents about it. They didn’t ask for money to blow on new cell phones, tattoos and video games. They took care of things. They got by on their own means. Basically, they kicked ass and took names.
Some times I lay in bed at night terrified that this is going to be the generation that will be running this world some day…if they can actually put their cell phone down first.