In May of this year, Time Magazine ran a ridiculous cover story titled “Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation” which asserts that people born between 1980 and 2000 are spoiled, lazy, and still live with their parents.
It is a time honored tradition for people of middle age to whine about the younger generation;
“We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit taverns and have no self-control.” -words inscribed on a 6,000-year-old Egyptian tomb.
“What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets, inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?”- Plato, Fourth Century BC
And then, a few hundred years later, in AD1274, Peter the Hermit joined the chorus. “The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint … As for the girls, they are forward, immodest and unladylike in speech, behavior and dress.” – Peter the Hermit, 1274
This reason alone should be enough to dismiss Time’s silly article, but what really gets me about the sentiments of my generation is from here they are coming: The Baby Boomers.
These people grew up in the comfort provided by veterans of WW II and the Korean War, stayed loaded on sex and drugs for twenty years and left my generation worse than they were, and they have the nerve to complain?
The late, great comedian George Carlin puts it better than I ever could: (warning harsh language)