Thursday, February 27, 2014

We Are Our Choices

Someone shared an article on Facebook the other day about our generation.  Our generation being those born between 1985-1995.  This article was so spot on I instantly shared it both on Facebook & Twitter.  I then of course also needed to share it with you.  This article talks about my exact fears for our future & the things I notice on a daily basis.  Now granted, my students don't fall into the aforementioned generation...but it's not like they're getting any better...

If you want to read the article on the original site you can click here.  Otherwise, I'm just going to post it here along with the video clip that they mention in the article.  

Anyone born between 1985-1995 needs an ass-kicking. As of this moment, there are EIGHTY million of these people in the USA. If I were using people I know as a sample study, SIXTY million of them would be on Netflix or stalking a random stranger’s Twitter. And what’s even worse, I’ll confess I spent this whole morning re-organizing my Pinterest boards.

So why do people of The Greatest Generation look down upon us and claim that we’re the demise of all of their hard work? Why does my own grandmother scorn me every time I pull out my iPhone?

Don’t get me wrong. I know there are the geniuses and go-getters of our generation who are out making big things happen all over the map. I don’t claim to be one of them, and I probably never will. But study after study has proven that young people care less about things that “matter” than previous generations. But why should we? I’m not an environmentalist, I don’t recycle as much as I should, and I leave a trail of wine bottles everywhere I go. Why should our generation care about politics, the environment, and the economy?
The seemingly obvious answer, if you ask any well-bred, semi-intelligent American, is something along the lines of, “It’s our responsibility to carry our country into the future and continue to be the greatest country in the world.”

OF COURSE, I’m obsessed with the USA and would tattoo an American Flag on my ass to prove it, but you’re actually drunk right now if you think our generation made America the greatest country in the world. We’ve all seen the beginning clip of the HBO series, “The Newsroom.” 

Is the Internet and technology to blame for our laziness? Maybe. Is it the fact that we have so many options that it’s actually possible to develop ADD in any Target aisle? Definitely.

Where does the term “Generation Y” even come from? It’s been said that it’s because we constantly ask “Why?” We grew up asking why we couldn’t have a pony, why that boy doesn’t like us, or why some people are just THE WORST.

Why does our generation need a wake up call? Because most young people in America are selfish, lazy, and think Jimmy Johns should deliver sandwiches directly into their mouths. (Actually wait, that’s a great idea). Most young Americans think they can ride the coattails of previous, hardworking generations.

What are our excuses? We don’t have any. Our forefathers trudged through snowy, icy winters without shoes in WWII. My grandmother raised three children AND worked three jobs. Some people need to suck it up and stop whining about making copies at their internships. Some people need to suck it up and realize that they, in fact, do not “run shit” everywhere they go just because they’re wearing a shirt that says so.
I don’t know who made it cool to be rude, sloppy, and arrogant. Stop letting your standards slip, stop skipping class because it’s raining, and stop putting off your work because “The Bachelor” is on tonight. Maybe all we need is to do is kick our own asses and become the next Greatest Generation.

For the record...I have every intention of making my students not only watch that video clip & read the article but also right a reaction/call to action piece about it.

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