The Millennial Conundrum

It's not unpopular these days to say that the millennial generation is self-entitled and self-destructive, almost making those two qualities into an art form. All too often we see the far left towing the line of social justice and insisting that every person alive deserves things simply by virtue of being alive, a sentiment brought about by societies that have too much wealth and not enough trauma. The 19th century of the United States and early 20th century saw unprecedented levels of industrialization, agriculture, and free thought, culminating in several great scientific and cultural achievements that the world now enjoys - speakers and writers like Thomas Jefferson and Robert Ingersoll, advancements like the moving assembly line and a level of industry capable of funding our allies during World War II with unprecedented ship-building, and cultural masterpieces such as George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. America used to be a hard-working place filled with wonder and achievement - so what has happened to this last generation?

The answer is complex. Many people note that depression and mental illness are seemingly on the rise in recent decades, or that many millennials desire not to work intense jobs (or any jobs at all), and certain developments such as "major league gaming" almost turn this sentiment into a profession. What causes this depression is subject to much speculation and many ironically named "self help" books, but there's one common problem that most speakers that I've heard have noticed - most millennials are going through a second adolescence when they're young adults caused by this depression, feeling of helplessness, and anxiety, only now they also have to work and be independent instead of learning how to deal with it at home like teenagers usually do.

This second adolescence that millennials are going through, where they are positively filled with drama and angst and depression and anger, is what has spawned the SJWs of today. What do you get when you have a young adult with some resources, time, education, and teen-levels of angst on their hands?

This is the Millennial generation, personified.
You get angry feminists who call the electoral college "illegitimate" and "unconstitutional." You get people that call all Trump supporters, nearly half the voters in the last election, racist, misogynistic, and more. You get a world of people who are angry at problems, think they know how to solve all of them, and want to shout about how horrible everybody else is in comparison.

In short, you get the radical left.

Meanwhile, on the alt right, you have "race realists" (which is the new code-word for racists, inspired by scientific racism, a bastardization of Darwinian evolution) because they need an outlet for their anger and superiority complex. You also have climate change deniers, and the usual batch of hyper-religious anti-intellectual idiots who think that magic is going to save them from a shitty life. (Spoiler alert: it's not.)

So what's the solution to such a seemingly diverse problem with such drastic consequences?

The same as it's been in literally every generation in the world's history.

Millennials need to learn how to live, and they need to learn what growing up means.

Growing up means you don't have to be angry all the time when you think something is wrong. Your anger does not, after all, contribute to any kind of solution. It mostly just makes people want to ignore your tantrum. Growing up means realizing that you're probably just as ill-equipped to solve these problems as everybody else, and realizing that the entire world is not dumber than you are. Growing up means recognizing that intelligent conversation is the best way to solve complex issues - not slogans, signs, and other silly propaganda that look like your 5th grade art project.

Learning to live, meanwhile, is a skill that truly does take a lifetime to master. Learning to live means learning to accept and deal with the horrible parts of life, and the stressful parts. Learning to live means getting along with people you don't have much in common with. Learning to live means recognizing that you have to live in a world, in a certain system, and that only through hard work - sometimes shouting, but not always - can you change the world you live in.

The world isn't going to change just because you realized suddenly that it's not perfect, and you want to let everybody know. The world is only going to change if you work hard at it, and play along with others. It's like shaping a clay pot. You have to work with the clay, but eventually you shape it into something more beautiful.

Learning to live, and growing up, means recognizing the person you want to be, learning how to achieve it, and independently working towards it. Nobody is going to simply give you that job you've always wanted - you have to work hard and take it for yourself. Nobody is going to give you that fulfillment in life you're searching for - you have to reach out and take it. Nobody is going to fix the problems in the world if you're all just brooding angrily, waiting for someone else to fix your problems - you have to step forward and work towards a solution yourself.

In 20 years, the millennials will have it figured out, and we're going to be worrying about the next generation and all their problems. The cycle will repeat, as it has since time immemorial.

All you have to do is go out there and live.


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