In 1981, the same year Reagan became president. It was also the same year that Reagan, and Pope John Paul II were shot. The same year Anwar Sadat was assassinated, AIDS was discovered, and M.T.V. was launched.
It was also the same year that the first female Supreme Court Justice was nominated, and confirmed, the same year that the space shuttle program was started as well. As you can see, 1981 was a mixed bag of good and bad things that happened. The year 1981 was also the year that I was born.
Many demographers are vexed on exactly when the millennial generation began. Some say it was 1981, some say it was 1982. That being the case, I was either born at the tail-end of generation x, or in the very beginning of generation y. I was also born in late August, right on the tail-end of where some astrologers would consider me a Leo, and some consider me a Virgo (not that I believe in that stuff.) Either way, I’ve always seemed lost not knowing what generation I belong to. Either way, one thing I do know, my generation y are full of idiots.
This isn’t generation y, this is generation entitled in my opinion. You could see that from the Huckabee show on Saturday night. There were several passionate libertarian/conservatives, which is what I consider myself. But there were also some young people that gave me the impression that everything was owed to them. And no, not all the people in millennial generation are idiots… It’s mainly those that voted for Obama in 2008, and seeing all that he has done (and not done) in the past four years, vow to vote for him again.
To me it seems that many people in the millennial generation never heard John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address in 1961, when he said “ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.” We saw them all gather in various places during the occupy protests. They all wanted their debt forgiven, they all wanted more, and more, and more from the government – but what have they given to the government?
I see that many people in my generation want to make a difference, and that is admirable. But I also saw the occupy protests, the on-campus protests taking place at universities; I see these and I want to rip my hair out of my head. Do these people really know who they are protesting, and why they are protesting? Do they not realize that it’s not Wall Street’s fault that your tuition is so high? It’s because the government subsidized loans are allowing the universities to charge so much. I’m starting to believe that perhaps college is a waste of time, because nowadays it makes me feel that college is teaching students what to think, not how to think.
My Grandpa was a member of the generation that lived through the great depression, and then fought in World War II. My Grandpa was able to recount stories to use when he worked at a theater that was once segregated. My Grandpa fought – so that I – and those in my generation could enjoy basic human rights, and dignity. But what are kids nowadays fighting for? Who looks better in a better, Snooki or J-Wow? I guess that’s a question that will plague mankind for the next generation.
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