I’ll Listen, But I’ll Shout Back Too

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“As a 26 year old ‘millennial,’ I recognize the world I was born into is different than that of Generation X or the baby boomers, and so I listen to them about things I might not know about, to be a more well-rounded individual and learn and grow. But I’m getting sick of all the down-talking that we 20-something millenials are lazy and wayward. It’s uncalled for, assumes we WANT to live like you did, and it also ignores all the wrong these supposedly more enlightened generations have bestowed upon us. I was born into a crappy world BECAUSE OF Generation X and the boomer generation. The world I know is one of a Trump presidency, social inequity and continued intolerance, really uninformed people believing everything they hear, a world on the brink of environmental catastrophe, a political system hellbent on popular opinion over doing the right (long-term) thing, continued power in the hands of profit-driven industries that are destroying our food and medicines, and I could go on and on and on about the world you supposedly better generations have built for me. Please keep some of this in mind when you call my generation the crappy one. I feel we’re much more socially conscious, empathetic, old school, and forward-thinking than most boomers, to be honest.” – A Millennial

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  1. I’m a well employed millennial with two university degrees and a career in my field of study. I have nothing in common with your points of view and probably would want nothing whatsoever to do with you as a sad excuse for a person. The world owes you nothing.

  2. I’m a well employed millennial with two university degrees and a career in my field of study. I agree with you and think the comments above are the proof in the pudding.

  3. You are an idiot on

    Repeat after me: communism and socialism do not work because everyone wants to be a writer or musician or artist and thinks they’re owed a part of someone else’s work. There is not enough to support the ones who won’t pull their own weight. You drank the “you can be anything you want” kool-aid and now you want other people to bail out your shitty choices.

    • So many assumptions and unsupported claims 🙁 There is evidence a minimum income, for instance, does work. Exactly as trials showed on a larger scale? Maybe not, but it merits experimenting. Is this really your best of all possible worlds?

    • Who even mentioned communism? Everyone who disagrees with your opinion is not automatically a “communist”. The 1950s are long over.

  4. Author of This Bullhorn Post on

    I’m not sure what some of you are on about. I am the author of this bullhorn post. I am a recent graduate of med school. I am “pulling my weight.” I am just saying, the previous generations are not exactly model citizens either. Every generation thinks it’s the best, but we’re all just a little different. Which is natural. So why condemn each other for what changes between generations? Society is getting better, not worse, so each successive generations can’t be THAT bad.

  5. #persons/generations on

    I’m pretty sure every generation has their share of people who are model citizens and also those who are not. Every person is different. I know both millennials and Gen-Xers who are lazy think they are entitled to everything… I also know both millennials and Gen-Xers who consider it important to work hard and contribute to society.
    How about we just stop lumping everyone together and making judgments based on generation? I don’t care how old you are, if you are a hard worker who respects others, I’ll respect you.

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