I came across this via a link in the comment section to a post at ZH called “Millennials Devastated As American Dream Becomes Nightmare for Most”
I took the liberty of parsing the article for the sake of brevity. Suffice it to say that the take-away is EVEN THOUGH the Boomers are the scourge of the Earth, that is no excuse for Millennials to not forge new paths for their own generation, reflect on what behaviors they need…..must change about themselves in order to fan their inner fires, and awaken to their innate Spirits whose purposes are to Create the now unimaginable, Think the now unthinkable, and Usurp the Psychopathic Oppressors by inspired, inventive, original, visionary, enterprising, and resourceful means; but I would add…..that DOES NOT exclude, if all else fails, a need for Rebellion and Revolution.
TOP FIVE MILLENNIAL ISSUES
By Jonathan Edwards
September 30, 2013
While we at Fakenation certainly encourage thorough and scathing criticism of the Baby Boomers, the fact remains that they are almost entirely incapable of hearing us.
It’s pretty clear that our rising generation is more likely to find Vladimir Putin, of all people, more sympathetic to their concerns as dispossessed Americans than their parents’ television networks and political parties.
So, we find ourselves in a terribly disadvantaged position at the moment, but at the very least we should try to optimize our efforts and make the best of it.
So, in the spirit of progress, we would like to offer some constructive criticism of behaviors we ourselves, as fellow Millennials, observe in others and indeed have occasionally fallen into:
1. Shock Of The Real
As the children of the late eighties and early nineties, we grew up in a largely optimistic atmosphere. We were too young to understand what was really going on (refers to Columbine and the downfall of the USSR), and we saw the world through the relatively innocent pop music of the day, safe and without much deep concern. Everyone could be a winner. No great struggles were expected of us, save to do well in school, go to college, and replicate the same charmed existence. We didn’t know about the debt and the ghettos and the wars, all of which were packaged as distant, even innocent, concerns, as political jingles, rap songs, and ‘humanitarian interventions’.
Upon maturation, many of us still have not recovered from the total dismantling of that set of realities and expectations, which has left us frozen in a kind of infantile paralysis, going through the motions of education and societal participation because we know nothing else. It can’t really be the case that that prosperity we enjoyed without reflection in the 90s was nothing more than a pyramid scheme now in its last throes, and, worst of all, that our parents were willing participants in steering our lives toward this dead end.
If one faces these facts soberly and directly, the feeling of abandonment and the lack of alternative is overwhelming. Hence, we Millennials have a kind of divided consciousness we have to maintain for the sake of our own sanity.
But a problem that goes unacknowledged is a problem that goes unsolved. We have been unable to summon so much as a direct heated confrontation with our deceivers. We need to let our disappointment be manifest. Accept the real, feel the pain, and get upset. Don’t maintain illusions of happy young adulthood for the benefit of your oppressors. And, in turn, accept expressions of radical disappointment in others as natural. Don’t believe the mainstream lie that depression is an ‘illness’.
2. Staying On Program
Another unique facet of our upbringing is the degree to which it has been planned, regulated, and mapped down to the slightest detail, such that we have been incapacitated when it comes to self-motivated action. No other generation has had a cheap program of success, i.e. education and subsequent corporate employment, so drilled into their heads as the necessary course of life. Indeed, it’s reached the point that the government draws up our life course from birth to death as if we were mere objects of some unquestioned plan.
Of course, these plans are failing all around us, mainly in the transition from college to workplace on the assembly line of life. The large and growing number of those of us who slip through the cracks should view it not as a shortcoming, but as an opportunity to finally color outside the lines. If you find yourself working a low-wage job in spite of your education, use it as an opportunity to gain an actual education in your free time. We’ve lost the spirit of self-motivated inquiry and amateur participation that brings balance and critical review to any society’s institutions.
‘Dropping out’ needs to be reclaimed by our best and brightest as a noble life course. Read your own books, make your own art, and don’t feel like you have to answer to Boomers about your ‘plans’. It’s impossible to plan in a world where your elders have created a social crisis to the point where regular threats of government shutdowns are the last form of parliamentary dissent. Recognizing that reality is crucial to realizing that the inmates are running the asylum, and that your merely personal efforts and interests are just as valid as anything official.
3. Keeping A Distance
In a situation as bleak as ours, trusted friends and confidants are an extremely valuable asset. Yet our capacity for intimate relationships is typically very weak. Yes, we Millennials are typically very sociable, but only in the same way Twitter is a ‘social platform’. With so much talking past each other in the whirlwind of virtual talking points, we are able to talk to the entire world at once quite easily yet have trouble carrying on a conversation with a single person.
While one might try to blame this trend on technology, really it is a technological reflection of a human problem. Intimacy demands honesty and vulnerability, and living in the exploitation ghetto of American culture, we are terrified of exposing ourselves. As the disappointments of young adulthood have increased, and the disillusion has mounted, we would rather live ironically and sarcastically than allow our hearts to be broken once more.
Yet we are also to blame for our lack of intimate personal relationships. If we must endure the example of our Boomer parents wrecking their old communities before abandoning them in retirement, we should embrace authentic community and relationships based on self-disclosure as the antidote to their indifference. Sadly, this might be our most pathetic and most painful failure, as we hide behind our computer screens on Facebook, desperately constructing that sense of belonging we wish we could feel just once in public.
4. Comfortable Revolution
Here, we refer to the massive apparatus of non-profit organizations spanning the ideological spectrum that let you believe you are making a difference by doing something like ‘raising awareness’. The libertarian movement in particular is guilty of this, as apparently one overturns the status quo in Washington D.C. by employing a bunch of yuppie Millenials to do ‘policy’ work, as if people who have presided over one of the largest expansions of government power in world history are going to be stopped by another policy paper from The Cato Institute.
You want to be a libertarian? Well, if you want to actually have some credibility that would mean finding a line of work other than lobbying for policy in Washington D.C. That’s the kind of consistent, principled, conscious action you would have to take to actually be making a difference, yet the legions of Millennials who fill the ranks of all kind of advocacy organizations seem to think you can be a revolutionary activist as a steady career.
5. Wasting Time
Our generation has the behavior patterns of a prison population. As we realize every day, more and more painfully, that we don’t have the freedom we imagined, we seek various forms of escape in repetitive activities. To some extent, this is unavoidable, but nobody hooked to World of Warcraft ever mounted a serious challenge to a corrupt, graying establishment, or accomplished much of anything for that matter. The same can also be said of people who find a sense of identify from their pot usage, people who watch a lot of professional sports, and people who comment on Reddit.
|Old Geezer says:01 Oct 2013 22:10 EDT|
|I am a few years older than the boomers and a few years younger than the “greatest generation” (they weren’t). That’s just to let you know I am not one of you. That said, you are on the right track here – you are going to have to do it your way and learn just what that is as you go along. The five issues are right on target – 1) Reality is a Bitch, 2) The crowd is always wrong, 3) Make real friends and keep close to people you trust with your life, 4) Real revolution is HELL on earth, 5) Your time is finite and the essence of life itself. Waste time and you waste your life. Read a little Charles Hugh Smith for some ideas about human and social capital. That is real wealth that maintains value no matter what. Keep the faith. You are on the right track!|