A misunderstood generation

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In today’s culture there is much pressure on my generation to do as well if not better than our parent and grandparent’s generation, many known as the baby boomers—a generation that absorbed more wealth as a whole than any other in history and born into one of the most economically prosperous eras in U.S. history.

In today’s culture there is much pressure on my generation to do as well if not better than our parent and grandparent’s generation, many known as the baby boomers—a generation that absorbed more wealth as a whole than any other in history and born into one of the most economically prosperous eras in U.S. history.

I often hear my grandmother complaining about my youth culture’s cynicism and dark sense of humor. I doubt that she would be questioning it had she grown up in this day and age. Even though we are indeed cynical, when given the chance we are capable of great hope and even greater change.

It is presumed that it is our own lack of motivation that is preventing us from being as successful as our parent generation. It seems simple for those older and more prosperous than us to believe that the circumstances for my generation are the same as they were for them forty or more years ago.

My generation faces a hardship larger than us. We will struggle to maintain the humanity that we believe in when our parents have raised us in a world where wealth is more important than anything else we could ever dream of. We face a reality where the odds are already stacked against us. Previous generations often believe we are a failure before we have even begun to clean up the mess left for us.

We have an immediate responsibility to clean up the environment because the previous generations consumed it recklessly. 

The economy for my generation is askew and it is impossible for anyone my age to afford an education. Even with scholarships, grants, loans, a savings account, and parental assistance I could be $100,000 dollars or more in debt before I turn 25. 

My generation faces a struggle not only get an education but to find a job after receiving a diploma. About 60 percent of the general population is employed and it is becoming increasingly difficult for anyone in my generation to find work. Even after attending a four-year university and obtaining a degree there is little work available.

And still many adults complain about us not finding work. They will more often than not argue we are not looking hard enough while simultaneously refusing to retire to make room or as we battle for what used to be jobs for the younger generation as now we compete with them for the same jobs.

Those who believe my generation is a sad and naive generation forget who raised it. It is obvious to me that we have some maturing to do, but we understand what state our world has been left to us in. Although the baby boomers would like to believe we are not aware of what is happening outside of our cell phone screens, we are. We are going to be the ones responsible for making our reality one to be proud of. We will be there to help our children and not just our own biological children but also the entirety of their generation. We will be the ones that need to make sure our parent’s mistakes will not be repeated.

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