There’s a very toxic attitude toward people of my generation that I feel I should address.
We get a lot of stick, but that’s not surprising. Older generations have never really ‘understood’ younger ones, and that’s probably why so many of us spent years being silently angry at our parents. Just by taking a brief glimpse at the rejection of Elvis or other ‘wild’ music, we can see that rejecting whatever is cool is pretty much just What Older People Do.
But this is all getting a bit much.
I’m sick of the idea that we do not work for things. That we are lazy, entitled, given a ‘trophy just for participating.’ There is this prevailing need in modern society to act like my generation are the worst we’ve had yet – too shallow to care about anyone, too self involved to do anything. Stuck on Instagram instead of becoming hardworking factory employees, screenshotting DMs instead of sitting piously in Church.
But you know what?
Because I have seen so many amazing things in this world, and so much of it has been started by young people – particularly women, who, raised by a generation of second wave feminists, have embraced their voices with more righteousness than the Pankhursts ever could have imagined. Why aren’t you excited about that? Why aren’t you PROUD?
We have taken those Snapchat filters and made calls for revolution. We have become a civic minded movement, more aware of our privilege and the injustices of our brothers and sisters. We have become global, and strong. We are a generation imbued with empathy for our fellow man, and leftover rage at our forefathers. We embrace the queer community. We embrace people of colour. We petition and protest despite everyone telling us it will not make a difference. Okay, we’re a little Internet crazy – but social media is the easiest and most effective way to spread information and social justice and that is bloody beautiful.
I’m not saying we’re the best lot of people to be born in history. I’m sure we have plenty of entitled assholes and sleazy sponges too, but I’d say no more than any other generation. So cut us some slack. You use the world entitled so often, but are we? Are we are greedy for wanting homes, safety, a voice? Aren’t those the same things your forefathers fought for?
Or were they just entitled too?