7 Harsh Realities Of Life Millennials Need To Understand

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This article was originally published at The Libertarian Republic.

Millennials.

They may not yet be the present, but they’re certainly the future. These young, uninitiated minds will someday soon become our politicians, doctors, scientists, chefs, television producers, fashion designers, manufacturers, and, one would hope, the new proponents of liberty. But are they ready for it?

Time after time, particularly on college campuses, millennials have proven to be little more than entitled, spoiled, anti-intellectual brats who place far too much emphasis on feelings and nowhere near enough emphasis on critical thinking. To the millennial, words are cause for the creation of safe spaces, alternative ideas must be stifled, and anything they perceive to be a microaggression is enough to send them spiraling into a state of mental distress.

It’s time millennials understood these 7 harsh realities of life so we don’t end up with a generation of gutless adult babies running the show.

1. Your Feelings Are Largely Irrelevant

Seriously, nobody who has already graduated college cares about your feelings. That means that when you complain to your boss because your co-worker mis-gendered you, he’s probably not going to bend over backwards to bandage your wounds. Given feelings are entirely subjective in nature, it’s completely unreasonable to demand everyone tip-toe around you to prevent yours from being hurt. The reality is that people will offend you and hurt your feelings, and they won’t stop to mop up your tears because they shouldn’t have to. Learning to accept criticism, alternative viewpoints, and even outright insults will make you happier in the long run than routinely playing the victim card.

2. You Cannot Be Whatever You Want To Be

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This is a comforting lie parents have started telling their children to boost their morale in school. Unfortunately, millennials are now convinced it’s true, especially as society has now decided to push this narrative as well. The reality is if you’re 17 years old and still can’t figure out basic division, you’re not going to be a rocket scientist. If you’re overweight and unattractive, you’re not going to be the quarterback’s prom date. If you lack fine motor skills, you’re not going to be a heart surgeon. It’s okay to accept that you cannot be whatever you want to be. In fact, once you accept this, you’ll be able to focus on the things you can be — the things you really are talented at.

3. Gender Studies Is A Waste Of Money

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You heard me. While some millennials taking useless degrees will claim they’re beneficial for teaching or research positions, the reality is that they just put themselves several thousands dollars in debt to learn how to be a professional victim. While you’re struggling to make ends meet after graduation because nobody who pays more than minimum wage is interested in your qualifications and you’re drowning in student loan debt, be sure to check out the next harsh reality before you start complaining.

4. If You Live In America, You’re Already In The 1%

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That’s right. Even though you work at McDonald’s for minimum wage because you got a useless, outrageously expensive college degree, you’re still far better off than the vast majority of the planet. Don’t believe me? Fly to Uganda and check out the living conditions there. Fly to China, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Iran, Russia, and even European countries like Ukraine and Greece, and you’ll quickly discover just how well-off you really are. While it may be cool these days to dump on capitalism, it’s the only reason you aren’t already worse off.

5. You Don’t Have A Right To It Just Because You Exist

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That includes healthcare, guaranteed income, and somewhere to live. Just because you’re here and breathing doesn’t mean society owes you anything. Like the billions of people who lived before you, working hard is a better guarantor of wealth and the ability to comfortably take care of yourself than begging society or the government to do it for you. Demanding healthcare be a right, for example, is equivalent to demanding government force the taxpayer to pay for it. While that may seem like a good idea in theory, it only leads to rationing of care when costs become unsustainable, which negatively impacts not just your health, but everyone else’s, too.

6. You DO Have The Right To Live As You Please — But Not To Demand People Accept It

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By contrast, you do have the right to live however you please, so long as it’s within the confines of the law. If you want to cross-dress, smoke marijuana, drink lots of alcohol, have lots of sex, and, yes, even go to school for gender studies, then by all means, go for it. Government should not be allowed to legislate people’s behavior as long as it doesn’t infringe upon someone else’s rights, but that doesn’t mean society isn’t allowed to have an opinion. You don’t have the right to demand people keep their opinions about your lifestyle to themselves, especially if you’re open and public about it. I have as much of a right to comment on the way you live your life as you do to actually live it. Your feelings are not a protected right, but my speech is.

7. The Only Safe Space Is Your Home

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No matter where you go in life, someone will be there to offend you. Maybe it’s a joke you overheard on vacation, a spat at the office, or a difference of opinion with someone in line at the grocery store. Inevitably, someone will offend you and your values. If you cannot handle that without losing control of your emotions and reverting back to your “safe space” away from the harmful words of others, then you’re best to just stay put at home. Remember, though: if people in the outside world scare you, people on the internet will downright terrify you. It’s probably best to just accept these harsh realities of life and go out into the world prepared to confront them wherever they may be waiting.

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  • I forgot

    Here’s my take on the subject and I’m sure it will piss people off.

    https://waitforthedownfall.wordpress.com

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      After a glance, I can say that if it does, they don’t belong here either.

  • Jim

    I like it.

  • StevetheHun

    All very true. Very few special snowflake NAZI will ever read this, and not one will pay it any heed.

    Logic was trashed in the schools over 50 years ago. They are now taught that diversity is better than logic, feelings are better than the rule of law.

    • BW83

      We weren’t taught that by ourselves. Should you blame the student who turned out exactly like molded, or the teachers that did the molding?

      • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

        You should blame the peers and parents that aided and abetted the molding.

        • BW83

          That’s what I’m saying in a round about way. We have a generation that’s been failed by all the people they were told they could trust.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            How many criminals have you known that would tell their victims right upfront that they shouldn’t be trusted?

          • BW83

            Fair point lol. I’d be willing to bet such a tactic would probably work though, as sad as that is.

        • Tabbytha

          I blame the elites. Parents, teachers have been molded covertly over generations not realizing who was doing it, what was done to them, or why. The elites did this knowing FULL WELL what the resulting harm would be. They are STILL doing it, My focus has never left them or that fact. I hate the elites, I wait for the day people finally get sick enough of their constant meddling to remove them from power!

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            Since I don’t know your definition of elite, I can’t blame them the same way you do. My definition allows me to give them the complete blame with respect to directing what happens on the planet where it directs TPTB, and their most powerful tool is ignorance, which is very difficult to dislocate once it is in place, as can be seen here pretty regularly. I blame the ignorant who go ignorantly along with everything they have been indoctrinated in instead of thinking for themselves for the vast majority of the damage that has been done by elitist leaders, most of whom are so far out of the line of fire that they don’t know what their ignorant followers do.

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  • doucyet

    Good stuff…………that will be largely ignored by those that need to read it and understand it the most!!

  • Reverend Draco

    “Your feelings are not a protected right, but my speech is.”

    That was too nice. . .

    “My right to speak trumps your non-existent right to not get rump-ruffled. Deal with it.”

  • Chef Sp

    Millenials are certainly NOT the only generation today that needs a lesson in reality. Here’s to the boomers:
    Lesson 1: Nobody will mourn your passing if you fuck up the greatest nation on earth with your little immortality project…or offshore, automate and outsource every job that isn’t nailed down
    Lesson 2: No good job….no pay taxes. No pay taxes….no funding for your pension
    Lesson 3: No good job….no have kids.
    Lesson 4: You’re only purpose in life is to keep drug companies rich
    Lesson 5: Now’ s the time to take up really dangerous hobbies you were too afriad to when you were young. We hope you take a bite out of life….almost as much as we hope death takes a bite put of you

    • kirkpatrick

      So you are wishing death upon your parents and grandparents? You’d kill them to have something to eat? Retroactive Darwin Award winner. Note that Generation X and Y are between you and the Baby Boomers, and we can still kick your sorry arses.

      • BW83

        Retroactive Darwin Award? Don’t bring up evolution then try to act like we haven’t actively fought against it for the past 60+ years. The point remains that as you age you reach a point that you no longer contribute and only take. Again, the medical system isn’t massively overpriced due to young people. It’s overpriced because old people can’t accept the fact they’re mortal creatures. Keeping someone alive, on the dime of the young, isn’t evolutionary in the slightest.

        You can’t still kick our ass either. Age is a bitch. Like it or not a 40 or 50 year old isn’t much of a match against a 20 year old, mentally maybe, physically no. If they were there would be quite a change in military recruitment requirements wouldn’t there?

        • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

          That is why Colt invented the .45

          • BW83

            True, but he said “kick your sorry arses” which implies a physical fight more than a gun fight. I hear eye sight and hand steadiness decreases with age too lol

          • kirkpatrick

            Indeed I meant with my bare hands. The gun is in case you have one.

          • BW83

            I wouldn’t consider 40s old for starters, I’m 32 so yeah I actually fall within the “millenial” group believe it or not.

            Again, I don’t personally know anyone in this forum, so I’m forced to speak in generalities. While the shoe normally fits, it can’t apply to all

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            I guess I don’t know the correct definition for millennial, having been told that it is those who were born in the new century.

          • BW83

            Every definition I’ve seen defines it as people born from 1980 on. Basically everyone coming into adult hood after the year 2000.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            A bunch of them are middle aged grandparents already.

          • BW83

            Lol, at the rate it’s going yes.

          • Dunno y

            No the article says the uninitiated. Its not referring to anyone already qualified.

          • BW83

            What?

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            That is why Weaver invented the Weaver. My eyesight gets better with every prescription that fails to correct it to 20/20, since 20/40 is required to pass a DOT physical, and my eyes get stronger with exercise. Those who don’t bring a gun to a gun fight deserve to lose the fight.

          • BW83

            Perhaps he did. Watch videos of any shootout and see how often the participants take proper stance, or even aim for that matter. Yeah, training…I know but how many gun owners do you personally know that train near often enough? I don’t know many and I know plenty, myself included.

            Not every fight is a gun fight either. For that matter every fight shouldn’t be a gun fight. Citing the potential to use a gun doesn’t change the fact the older generations are usually physically out-classed, which was the point of the debate in the first place.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            I don’t remember the last time I fired any of my guns, but then, I have a lot of tools that I can’t remember the last time I used them, and I still manage to do so when needed. I only have one handgun, and I hit a paper plate with 7 of the 16 from 7 meters using a standing Weaver with a moderate breeze, the first time I fired my Glock 19, out of the box. I attribute much to the quality of the tool.

          • BW83

            In a non-stress situation yes, relatively easy. A gun, handgun in particular, is different from a hammer, drill, most other tools. It’s a diminishing skill. Most train just enough to keep their aim decent, with stress on decent. Not many train how to deploy said gun, shoot under stress, move while shooting, reload, etc.

            Yeah, an ideal gun fight i would have my gun out, the guy would stand still and let me shoot him, and the bullets would stop him. Hell, ideally I’d have a tank and division of marines with me lol. It’s never that simple though.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            What the heck is a diminishing skill? Do you mean on your part, Americans’ parts, or humans’ parts?

          • BW83

            A skill that deteriorates without practice. Shooting, driving, any sport, there’s plenty of things you get worse at without doing them regularly and it rings true for most things. This applies to anyone.

            Hell you said yourself you hit less than 50% of a target at 21 feet. Practice gets that percentage higher obviously, but if you waited a year to shoot again you’d drop back down to a crappier baseline.

        • Reverend Draco

          Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill – never forget that. Us old guys have forgotten more ways to maim your pansy ass than you’ve yet to learn.

          We’ll just jack your sorry ass quickly, because we haven’t the time to play pattycake.

          • BW83

            Keep telling yourself that. Never fails to surprise me when older guys get upset over the threat of younger guys. Must be the hardest part of getting older, realizing no ones afraid of you anymore. Or looking at us and realizing we have something you can never return to, youth.

            It’s the way of the world that the old are replaced by newer models, fight the thought all you want but there’s no stopping it. The aging lion can’t control the pride forever and with each fight he teaches his rivals how to better beat him. You wouldn’t be giving the rant you are if you didn’t secretly already know it.

          • kirkpatrick

            And us real men have something BW83 can never return to. The heterosexual women her age.

          • BW83

            Tell yourself whatever makes you feel better.

            So now I’m not a real man because I can voice an unpopular opinion and stick to my guns on it? Seems to me that exactly something a “real” man would do :shrugs:

            BTW I’ve got the real job thing covered too, and quite the work ethic if I do say so myself. My house and my food didn’t build and grow itself while I worked full time.

          • Reverend Draco

            You’re right. . . aging lion doesn’t lead the pride forever. . .

            But 40, 50. . . still a ways to go before the small and weak are able to take them out.

            I was in my 40s the last time I stomped 3 20-somethings like the little bitches they were. . . gotta love a target-rich environment.

            It was as recent as last August that I had to help move a box containing 900 pounds of plastic – one end was all me, baby.

            Don’t think for a minute that a guy into his 60s couldn’t wax his car with you. . .

          • BW83

            Of course there are exceptions, but generally speaking it’s the truth. You could be one of them, I don’t know you, so speaking in general is all I really can do.

            Are there 60 year olds that could take me or hold their own enough it wouldn’t be worth the fight? Maybe so, but they’re few and far between and the chances they’d be seriously hurt in the process are fairly high as well. Barring a life and death situation there are simply times that while you may win the odds of being majorly damaged in the process are high. Those odds tend to increase with age. Nothing against those older people per day, that’s just how life works and one day I’ll be in the same position as well. Will I be accepting of it when the time comes? Probably not, but only time will tell.

          • kirkpatrick

            Don’t get me wrong, young men are better at some things than older men – like whining and masturbation.

          • BW83

            Says the guy that just keeps showing back up to cry about turning obsolete lol

          • Reverend Draco

            Here’s what you’re missing – when guys who are in their 40s, 50s, and older, were coming up. . . there hadn’t been 30 years of systematic emasculation going on – men were men, and knew what it meant to be one. . .

            Anyone under 30 has been subjected to hatred of all things masculine. . . “teh Patriarchy,” and other such stuff and nonsense.
            A male under 30 who has the foggiest idea what it means to be a man is rare indeed – no male raised by a single mother has a snowballs chance in hell of knowing what it means to be a man – because women can’t teach it, they can only teach a girl to become a woman.

            Crawl out of your “safe space.”

          • BW83

            My safe space, cute.

            No, I’m not missing it at all. Those 40, 50,60 year olds who were raised as “real men” didn’t take the lesson to heart apparently as they did little to nothing to stop the demasculation did they? For that matter you seem to view it with a defeatist attitude, something I wouldn’t consider too manly. Real men also own up to their mistakes, seems if you have a problem with younger generations you’d also have a problem with how the generations that raised them failed to raise them better. Then again it’s easier to blame it on others and wash your hands of it.

            So if you’d kindly give me the definition of a real man, I’m all ears.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            I wouldn’t argue with Chuck Norris, even if he is in his 70’s.

          • Reverend Draco

            I wouldn’t either. . . and until last year. . . if there were fewer than 5 of them, I was insulted.

          • BW83

            I’d argue with him. He seems reasonable. That’s the thing about people that can actually handle themselves, they don’t get their feathers ruffled and go on the offensive when someone disagrees with them.

          • Dunno y

            You haven’t watched Walker Texas ranger then remember his to busy watching your ass when you look behind you with his big guns. You need to get off the tit son. Mummy needs it for her own survival.

          • BW83

            Again, what?

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            That was a fictional television program, as I remember, as I never saw it. If that is your point of reference to reality, we shouldn’t be surprised if your grasp isn’t too firm.

        • kirkpatrick

          The Medical system is overpriced because BIG PHARMA HAS A MONOPOLY you moron. I haven’t taken any Pharmaceuticals since you were a gleam in your dad’s eye.

          Like it or not, at age 45, at 6’5″ 240 and 10% body fat, and being able to curl 60 with one arm, I could kill 95% of people with my bare hands. It’s called eating right. There is a reason you’re a cadet and I’m a first Sargent.

          • BW83

            Well I hope you enjoyed her lol. Should have told me you were in the area.

            Monopoly? Who else per say should have control over the price of medications? The people that make them setting the price is capitalism. There’s nothing from stopping you from starting a pharm company tomorrow. Blame your government for the MASSIVE cost of testing and clearing new meds with the appropriate departments, which translates directly to the cost per pill. Few medications make it through that process and even fewer turn a profit.

            The medical system is so overpriced only because there’s a market for it. Close to 60% of our population takes prescription drugs. Do you honestly believe that many people NEED those drugs? I don’t, but I bet the people taking them do. Of those 60% how many would you like to bet are over 40, over 50, over 60? It’s not my age range fueling the machine I can promise you that

          • kirkpatrick

            It’s called the free market you stupid f*cking assh*le. You promote murdering your own parents but condone 1 MILLION percent markups on drugs? That Prozac you’re on cost Lily 1 penny per pill and you force ME to underwrite your Obamacare so you can afford to pay $50.00 per pill. There is nothing to stop me from competing? Monopolies are free market??? As long as I can fork over $5 Million to get FDA approval for something like Vioxx that will cause 100,000 heart attacks. If you want Communism, move to f*cking Russia before men like me step up and put you out of your need for meds.

          • BW83

            Wow, comprehension fail. Free market? What do you call a company making a product then charging what they deem it’s worth? That IS a free market. If you have a way to do it cheaper AND turn a profit then you’ll have absolutely no issues finding investors to front you the money needed to get the drug approved. You’d rather whine about it though obviously. The markup covers more than you seem to understand. Approval, testing, the 1000 other medicines that failed to get that one to market, ridiculous lawsuits, the formulation and research of the damn pill for that matter. I’m sure you knew all that though right. Then you turn around and and bitch about the price and accuse ME of having communist ideas LMFAO!

            My obamacare?! Lol, I wish I qualified, it’s certainly better than most.

            PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THIS PART:
            “Men like you” aren’t going to do shit except whine (seems it’s not just “millenials” doesn’t it. You know how I know? We wouldn’t be in the mess we are if the men like you stepped up and did anything. The system is the way it is because your generation, and those before it fucked it up and allowed it to happen. Man indeed…

            You clearly never learned to properly argue a point. Save your breath, do some research, then come back when you have something useful to say.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            I only take one benign prescription and I’m weening myself off of it. If you don’t buy anything pharmaceutical and you still have medicine, they don’t have a monopoly, by definition.
            Only if you grow ALL of your own food on river banks that are flooded with silt every year and never sprayed with anything or GMO, can you say that you are eating right. There’s a reason why I’ve never committed treason and you probably have.

        • Chef Sp

          No….more old people should be enlisting…why are the young giving up their lives when the old are hanging out on the porch drinking gasoline and forgetting where they put the toillette paper?

          • BW83

            Totally agree with ya. This forum seems to be full of old and aging badasses who would be perfect for the job apparently lol

      • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

        If you weren’t still busy finding your own.

      • Chef Sp

        I only recommened they take up all the thrilling, dangerous sports that they could not do when they were young. There’s no sane, rational, reason that 70 year old men shouldn’t be putting on waterskis and jumping the shark tank. Many seniors secretly dream of becoming secret agents….now is their last chance. Imagine all the top-secret weapons they could hide in their false teeth and artificial legs. They would give Bond a real run for his money.
        It’s a sad day when the young perish and face lifelong destitution while the aged linger on….I think the guy from Two Towers said something to that effect.
        It’s unnatural.
        It’s an inversion of nature.
        It is a rotteness.
        A corruptness.
        If you want them on pensions for 30 years….YOU cough up the money!!!!!

    • JayC777

      I spent 4 years as an active duty Marine. Your little panzy ass wouldn’t survive the first day of boot camp.

      • BW83

        By and large the bulk of the armed forces is composed of the millenials now. Seems they made it through boot camp just fine…

        We also weren’t, in general, old enough to serve in the war this country blindly rushed into due to lies and emotion, but we were certainly old enough to die in it when the time came.

        How old are you exactly? What active duty did you have? If the answer is desert storm or any of the “pansy” conflicts between Iraq and Vietnam you can kindly drop the act.

        • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

          It became incredibly easy when they lowered the bar for the valley girls.

      • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

        How many years did you spend violating your oath and the Constitution while becoming a traitor?

      • Dunno y

        Traitor to humanity for what? so you can buy the top shelf frozen pizza instead of the bottom shelf one that is made of the same cardboard. Your no minstrel boy stop the act. The drum your beating has got no skin. I bet at 40 I can out run you out think you and out you. Grow up.

      • Chef Sp

        When I was 16 I could put 150 over my head…I’m sure I had the stuff.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      Is it a corollary to Lesson 3 that, ‘Lose job, kill kids?’

    • Reverend Draco

      You wouldn’t last 2 weeks at my job. . . much less 45 days without a day off.
      Fucking choad.

      • DvBmr

        Self-important little dick ain’t he?

        • Reverend Draco

          He probably has a shelf full of “Seatwarmer of the Month” awards in his parents’ basement.

      • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

        Is that just because he wouldn’t want to be away from his SO for that long, because she might not be as faithful as he thought she was? That was the reason why the trucking school I graduated from had a 74% default rate on their student loans when I returned to teach after 50 months in longhaul, and they hadn’t figured that out. When I was out, I was out, having no reason to go home but to deposit my checks (before direct deposit was in use). My record for absence from my home port was between 5 and 6 weeks and you could have cut the office girls eyes off with a penknife when they saw the day dispatcher hand me 5 checks. I’ve been thinking about going back if Walmart doesn’t hire me by the end of my unemployment-financed vacation.

    • RoseCZena

      I am a 57 year old Critical Care Nurse who has spent most of my life saving lives and putting others first. Can you say the same?

      • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

        You must have worked in a hospital with a pretty lousy ER, since ICU is where they send people who survived ER, once they are stabilized, as least when I was doing my ER and ICU didactics as a EMT student.

      • Chef Sp

        I did save a life once….without pay I may add.
        We all contribute to make society run….it does not entiltle us to things hat put crippling debt in the unborn generations. Thank you.

  • BW83

    Wow, while most of these ring very true I think we’re not properly assigning the blame here. Millennials didn’t create themselves, and certainly didn’t pull this attitude from thin air. Look to the generations previous to see where this mess began. The attitude of children and young adults can largely be blamed on the parents and grandparents of the individual

    Poor grasp of logic/rhetoric? That’s a trait of the average US citizen, nay, world citizen so don’t dare try to pin that as a millennial attribute.

    Worthless college degrees? Yes totally. However, when you’ve been told your whole life, by people you trust, the only measuring stick for success is a college degree this is what you get. If parents/society didn’t shake those that didnt pursue college degrees useless degrees wouldn’t exist because their wouldn’t be enough customers to fund having them in the first place. Remove the stigma of manual labor and trade jobs, which face it, are more important than having yet another lawyer, therapist, or doctor.

    Let’s talk healthcare now. It isn’t millenials that ran up the cost of the system to the point it’s prohibitively expensive, that started decades before they were ever born. Lord knows I never got a vote/say in Medicare or medicaide. Again, look to the older generations who take a pill for everything and insist on being kept alive despite their bodies telling them it’s time to go.

    In conclusion, don’t pin an entitlement attitude on a generation that was CREATED to be that way. Millenials are also turning into one of the most frugal generations, something previous generations could have learned from and potentially avoided the financial mess we’re now all in. We didn’t fight for and demand overpaid, low skill jobs then bitch when they got sent overseas (automobile unions anyone?). As you said yourself, we are the future and it would be wise to root for us and hope us grow as opposed to biting the hand that will literally one day feed you. I’ll never have a pension, and I watch large portions of my tax dollars fund failed projects I had no vote in nor will I receive anything from that were created before I was born. So yeah, I have a right to my opinion to. Take your own advice and quit getting butt-hurt over things you don’t agree with….

    • BW83

      While I’m at it, it may seem I’m being harsh on previous generations. I am, but I can’t totally fault them. The fact remains they simply did what they did thinking it would lead to a better life for them and their children. Every parent worth their salt wants a better life for their children. It’s a natural trait, and dare I say a good one. I don’t totally fault older generations, but let’s face it, mistakes were made. Try not taking out aggression on the generations who’s laps the consequences of this mistakes were dumped on.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      Crony capitalism (as opposed to true capitalism) gets the claim to fame for running the cost of everything up while running the quality down. Millennial frugality came about the same way that every other generations did, necessity. Unfortunately, they are the less well-equipped to do the requisite innovation.

      • BW83

        Requisite innovation? Ill agree with less well-equipped as they’re the products of an inflexible system. They’re not incapable however. It’s not the older generations pushing technology forward, it’s the older generations fighting it’s progression. We don’t live in a graduate high school, get a job, keep it the rest of your life, retire with benefits world anymore, and frankly that’s a good thing. Older generations don’t understand this however, there’s a reason their jobs are being replaced by automation or completely phased out and it’s definitely not them finding ways to replace their jobs, it’s my generation.

        A massive change in how we view work is coming and it’s my generation and younger with the flexibility to adapt to it. We don’t have homes mortgaged to the hilt or children reaching college age thing us down to a failing system.

        • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

          Are you aware that robotics predates your grandparents and computers? Are you really saying that the older generations aren’t as capable of competing with robots as your generationis? If so, boy, your drugs are a LOT better than ours were.

          • BW83

            Not robotics to the scale we have now. Again, technology advances. I’d bet my right arm no surgeon or anesthesiologist thought his/her job would be threatened by a robot. No truck driver thought in his lifetime tech would be developed that will one day replace him. The approaching retirement generations, and hound generations won’t be effected to the degree the middle-aged family man/woman will.

            It’s not a matter of being competitive, it’s a matter of being adaptive. Older generations take longer to adapt to new techs solely because they didn’t have the advantage of growing up with them. The average grandparent can’t keep up with a grade school child when it comes to computers, without of course a large portion of time dedicated to learning it.

            If I lost my job tomorrow I could easily pack up, leave, and find another. The older man with a house mortgaged to the hilt, aging parents, and school aged children would have a bit of a harder time. Probably be easier to take a different, lower paying job and cut his losses. I have no such chains as of yet.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            Robotics are robotics, and they predate Eniac.

          • BW83

            So you see no difference between a press that stamps out parts of sheet metal and a CNC machine? Robotics being robotics aside, there’s a massive difference in tech between the two. Robotics today do things robots in the time of Eniac couldn’t attempt to do. Eniac took days to reprogram for different tasks, today it takes seconds and the robots can reprogram with little input from people. Robotics today can replace people that robotics of 5 years ago could not.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            Today’s robotics aren’t remote controlled by humans like the original ones were. If you go back to their beginnings, they were used to manipulate highly radioactive materials behind thick leaded-glass windows. Robots can’t replace robot maintenance technicians, and I doubt they will ever be able to, certainly not in my lifetime.

          • BW83

            They don’t replace them yet. What they do replace is a fleet of lesser skilled workers. Robots may create a few jobs but they replace thousands, the reason they’re such a good deal for a company.

            There are computers today that autonomously create processors for newer, better, faster computers. It’s only a matter of time before that tech finds its way to robotics. Perhaps not in your lifetime, and certainly not fully polished but it’s coming quicker than anyone realizes and most certainly quicker than the average joe worker is ready for.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            If it isn’t in my lifetime, there is plenty of time for those without cranial rectalitis to get trained. The problem is that SAT and ACT scores are dropping, so there may not be enough intelligent teachers to do the training before long. The Japanese have long led the world in automated vending machines, but I have yet to see anyone automate even a fast food restaurant. I doubt that the few can replace thousands given the technology we are seeing right now. The way that the auto manufacturers are going, they’ll need a squadron of mechanics just to keep up with the recalls to replace robot assembled parts. Given the general crappiness of today’s computer OSs, they’ll need a good geek to fix the screwups of a few average geeks, and those who maintain proprietary software will be on their own.

    • kirkpatrick

      Translation: Whaaaaaaaah!!!

  • Tabbytha

    I wouldn’t confine things to law… only to rights. Many corrupt laws have been written in the past, so telling them to obey the law is pointless… telling them to not violate others rights is the key. People need to realize (be made aware) civil disobedience exists… do we really want to live in a world of mindless order followers? As for #2 on the list, sometimes people with hard work can be what they were told they can’t so that is not an absolute. I doubt most people are striving for such specialized positions anyways so I’m sure hard work will prove more positive results for people. But they have to find the ways to train up their mind and body and I don’t think most people think to seek out that knowledge. Then there’s the do it yourselfer that pick up skills later in life… one may never be an astronaut but I’m sure there are many other home projects one can do with that kind of stuff in mind. Don’t knock it, those people are more skilled at their constructive hobbies than the general public – preppers and survivalists would fall under this category to. it’s amazing what people can do when they put their mind and will to things.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      The concept of rights that the founders held depended on the assumption that rights were innate in human beings, provided by their creator. Such rights cannot be taken away, only denied. They are most frequently denied by those who would have us surrender our rights for privileges supplied by them. There is no right to be ignorant and complacent, but the governments of the world are perfectly happy to make us think that we can have such.

  • M_111

    This is awesome. Thank you.

  • jen g

    this is what I tell millenials: everything the state says is a lie. Everything it has, was stolen.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      Don’t forget that government has never manufactured anything.

    • Louis Charles

      What is their general reaction?

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

    Just because you live in America doesn’t mean you can function in english.

    • ExecutorOffice

      my first upvote of this funny named entity , by funny I mean idiotic

      • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

        Could you put that in a complete, cogent sentence for me?

        • ExecutorOffice

          nope

  • Dunno y

    Another generation suckling the tit of poisonous milk. Harsh reality’s are easy to live with when one is off the tit and think for themselves.

  • James Slagowski

    OMG to use verbage of a group I don’t belong to. This tells it like it is. We, as a generations have raised a bunch of wimps, there are no Indiana Jones or League of Gentlemen type individuals among this generation. They have been pampered and primped and now they are demanding we give what we promised them when they were little ones coming into this world. We caused it and now we are suffering it. I have no children, so I saw it in others, such as friends and family. Just remember we brought this upon ourselves.

  • xnavygunner

    Love it!!!

  • Gary F Brown

    As Dennis Miller says, “Life is tough. Wear a cup.”

  • joe

    This article is a masterful example of attacking a straw man. I have never personally heard a millenial say “safe space” in an unironic way.

    The “useful degree” argument (if you can even call it an argument) is pretty much an masturbatory way to feel better than someone who made different choices than you. It should be noted that the projected job growth for electrical engineers in the 2016 is 0.

    The “global 1%” argument is, again, a dismissive way to stop a conversation instead of developing it. Nobody is arguing that we in the west are very lucky to be where we are. However, context is important. We have to play by the rules here, not the rules in Ethiopia. It’s apples and oranges. Hardly even comparable. Most academics would laugh this argument out of the room.

    Also, are there groups of grown adults that genuine believe they can be “whatever they want”. Like, really? Where are these people. I don’t know many adults flipping burgers who think they are just one lucky break away from becoming the next president.

    So, in closing, this article is one giant straw man. And as we all know, the straw man is the favored opponent of morons…

  • Dan

    This makes me sick.

  • Christopher Sneed

    Here’s my problems

    1) I agree, we should not tip toe around each other, but the alternative isn’t that we should be allowed to be jerks and a-holes. That kind of thinking is WHY we have more jerks and a-holes than we did when I was a child. Basically, #1 asks you to stop trying to be decent and stop trying to be a positive influence. It wasn’t that way and it doesn’t have to be that way. Being insulting is learned and comes about by habit.

    2) Saying you can be whatever you want to be is why there is a girl with no legs who is a professional gymnast. Telling a child to be whatever they want to be is why we now have a black president, female politicians, and why 8 year olds are running their own company. #2 just makes it sound like the author had a rough childhood. Especially the part about unattractive people not going to prom with the quarterback. Looks are subjective and since I’ve seen a straight football player take his gay friend to prom, I would bet that an overweight girl who had her act together might have a chance at prom with the football hunk.

    3) This is based on the principle that we should all strive for high paying jobs versus something that we find interesting. I would never take that as a study, but there are so many decent jobs out there right now where they don’t even care what kind of degree you have. There are studies that claim people are making good money with skills versus a college degree. So…I’ll only give partial credit to that point.

    4) I would beg to differ that the reason we are better off than other countries is because of how we took care of each other in the past. But much like the author’s comment on this…that’s only a theory.

    5) Ugh…This…Healthcare? Education? I’m not sure why anyone wouldn’t want healthy or intelligent children/teens/young adults so that we have a better / more capable workforce. Again, you’re all paying for something for someone else and they are paying for you. That’s how taxes kind of work out. Even outside of health issue, maybe people aren’t entitled to it, but when have we been about giving people what they deserve? People lie, cheat, steal, manipulate to get what they want all the time. You tell me you prefer that to investing in the future of your fellow man. I think those that can work, should work. I don’t think a 16 year old needs a car worth more than my house. I don’t want to give people luxury but I don’t mind giving things necessary for them to be productive members of society. I mean….you might not think you have or don’t want to admit it, but you got where you did by someone giving you something that you didn’t really deserve or earn because they believed in you growing into a better person.

    6) There is a difference between acceptance and active opposition. I don’t like promiscuity. However, I don’t go out of my way to be a hurdle in their life. I don’t refuse services,etc. Because at the end of the day, what they are doing is none of my business. If they ask me for a cake to celebrate their sexual conquest, I’m not going to be their best friend but I’m also not going to try and prove a point about my feelings. After all, as the author said in #1, your feelings don’t matter. So, get over it. Do your job as an American employee and leave your feelings about other people at the door.

    7) I actually agree with.

    Point of this entire thing…sitting around going “Accept how sucky people are” is not how we got voting rights for women or how black people were able to start using front doors. We became a better country by trying to create better people. Yeah, there are people that are taking advantage of things like compassion and kindness, but only because they’ve spent enough time with a-holes to think that’s how the world HAS to work. It can work a different way…if you CHOOSE for it to work a different way.

  • Celeste Jana

    1. Feelings have actually been proven to be relevant. Happier workers are more productive workers and there for benefit the company and the overall company. Feelings also drive mental health which has become an increasing issue over the years. It is important to preserve mental health in the work place and at home, by not communicating especially with your boss. It is old and archaic to think that works will continue to dedicate their entire lives to their job and be a slave to their employer leaving them physically and mental unhealthy. That is not productive or humane. The new generation is about balance because the old system did not work. Heart disease spiked over the years due to unwarranted stress. There was ultimately a flaw in the way things were run in the past and “feelings” so to speak can be the way to fixing this problem

    2. America gives you the rare opportunity to climb to social ladder rather quickly. It is possible to come from nothing in America and be very successful. It is this exact mentality that drives the American dream and makes America so great. We are the number one economy for that reason because our economic situation fosters the growth of business. To a certain extent, yes you can’t be ANYTHING you want to be, but you certainly have a hell of a lot of opportunity. This phrase is simply a phrase and it drives our youth, there is no point in invalidating it.

    3. Ultimately, if gender studies are your calling then you should study it. It is more important to study something that you are passionate about and make you happy. Ultimately, happiness outweighs money and that is a concept that the millennials have come to discover, but is largely true.

    4. Yes, living in America does but you at an advantage and we are privilege, but that does not mean you cannot suffer. Lots of atrocities happen in America and suffering is all relative. It is simply invalidating to say otherwise.

    5. As a citizen of an organized society, the government has a duty to its people just as its people have a duty to its government. Every single developed country had universal health care before the United States. Taxes are a part of society and cannot be neglected. The government is there for the well being of the people, not just to sit back and watch society burn because “society doesn’t owe you anything.”

    6. Actually acceptance and tolerance is very important. While we do have the freedom of speech that is not an excuse for verbal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. Words can have a lasting impact and damage a person. Aside from that we are a developed society and as we progress we learn to become more moral just, and simply better human. Our generation has established many milestones in terms of acceptance and this simply proves that our society is improving itself and we are paving the way towards more people’s happiness.

    7. First of all, home is often times not a safe place, and it is naïve to say so. Growing a “tougher skin” does not rid the world of ignorance and bigotry. If something offends you deeply it is ok to speak up about it. We no longer need to be a nation of passive drones who lay down and take whatever is given to us. We have a right to fight for our individual happiness.

    With all of that being said, past generations will continue to criticize the millennials, while every generation has its faults. This article does not encompass any of these faults and in fact leads to perpetuating of archaic standards that have destroyed our society and robbed many people of happiness.

  • Bobby Bill

    I’m a senior citizen and don’t go out much. I am usually very restrained. But I just don’t know how I will react someday when it becomes normal to enter public restrooms with both sexes, where being a white guy isn’t PC, and everything that dissolves generations of hard work and principle is expected to be received in an obligatory manner.