a reply to: IngyBall
Gen X'er here.
They called us "jaded, cynical and apathetic" when we started stepping onto the social scene.
I still look kind of young for 40 (around 20-ish) and I get scowls all the time from the elders (i live in a retirement community) until I make the
first step of proving I'm not "one of those no good leeches on society". I've found initiating polite smiles and holding doors open for people helps
show that I do indeed recognize the vast contributions of Those Who Paved the Way.
After all, without them, we wouldn't have any ground to stand on whatsoever. We do owe them our respect.
That whole judgement game is just some weird pathological transference projection that every generation goes through at some level.
A lot of the negative hype is manifested by bitter adults who envy all the energy, freedom, technology and talent your generation has....they're
basically jealous that they have to work in fields they don't enjoy to provide the tools and technologies for the younger generations coming up.
Sadly a lot of them completely wasted their youth on just partying and useless pursuits instead of studying and creating original ideas, and now
they're kind of suffocating under the weight of regret and unpaid overtime....a lot of your generation is going to understand this when middle age
comes steamrolling their way as well, so if you can...don't fall into the trap over over-indulgence on the party circuit.
A lot of them won't admit it because they're foolish and think they're immortal - but that's what it is when you get down to it. It's ok to have fun
and everything, don't get me wrong...but don't fall into peer pressure of people going nowhere fast.
Not everyone out there is like that though, even though media likes to present it as if it were...and thus creates a self-fulfilling prophecy of those
inclined to believe such drivel in the first place. Those of us who are working on ourselves and our projects usually don't have time to sit around
and vegetate in front of a television....regardless of age or demographic.
Each generation has their good and bad apples....and usually the bad apples get all the attention because it drives the viewership and consumption of
their media up. People love to complain and dwell on those negative things for some reason.
It's not your fault or anything your generation has done...it's just the way the system slowly sucks the life and soul out of it's viewership for a
few extra advertising dollars.
Sick, isn't it? Stay away from that stuff.
On the bright side, the more inspiring members of your generation (and yes, this includes you!) never cease to amaze me with how seamlessly you can
pick up and process new technological markets and technologies. Not to mention an uncanny ability to grasp the obvious no matter how much b.s. people
to continue to throw your direction. Watching the best and brightest out there create video games almost overnight, their firm grasp of understanding
and creating self generated marketing campaigns and social networks....honestly, I'M IMPRESSED! You and your peers are changing the landscape in ways
I only dreamed of and honestly - even though I don't understand every subtle nuance and reference you guys toss around - it makes me happy to see some
many people your age from all over the world creating friendships online en masse.
Long story short, all the journalistic hype and rants about how your generation is "terrible" is really nothing more than a sly way to give some of
your worn out, tired and disenchanted elders a passive way to vent their frustrations about the loss of their own youthful potential and missed
opportunities....especially if they are caught up in the flood of "bad news" the media keeps pumping into our brains at every opportunity to remind us
that nothing we do will ever matter, and nothing will ever change and it's all pointless anyway. It's a lie, but a very powerful and effective one if
anyone lets their guard down too long....insidious brainwashing that just sucks the hope and soul out of any sane rational person.
(...and one reason a lot of us took baseball bats to our televisions back in the 90's.)
Keep your head up out there. Don't be afraid to chase your dreams and do everything in your power to make the world a better place while you're
young....and smile and be polite to your elders. It'll all make sense in about 20 years, I promise! Then you'll have the chance to shake your fist
at those darn kids hanging out on your lawn. It'll be fun. Trust me on that!
Stay strong and don't let the bastards grind you down...just because a bunch of angry fussy old farts "grew up and gave up" on the dream doesn't mean
the rest of us have to! Always remember - age really IS a state of mind.
Always stay young at heart!
edit on 1/27/15 by GENERAL EYES because: formatting, grammar edits