reply to post by PurpleChiten
Thanks for posting the expanded speech. It is indeed far from what I originally understood.
I still see a lot of the sentiment I am set against in others' posts. Too many people still believe that somehow, this new generation is any
different from the last, and the one before that, and the one before that.
I still hear older people rail against my generation today. We are the generation that inherited the post 9/11 world, fought a decade long war, lost
our friends and family, and had to set out in our professional lives in the midst of a depression, and we still get accused of being over-demanding,
The arrogance of youth is only exceeded by the perennial arrogance of the established generations. Too many adults like to pat themselves on the back
for nothing more than their seniority in the system maturing as an investment, and too often they conflate that with achievement by merit.
And while the roots dry out behind them, they berate the young for refusing to prop them up. Kids today are not spoiled as much as they are jaded. I
feel bad for these graduates. I had the benefit of living in a time of great hope. What great future has been heralded over the past ten years? The
end of the Cold War and the rise of Globalization used to be promising concepts. Now they are frightening.
Remember when you could dream of being an astronaut, but knew you could make a decent living if you didn't get your dream? Many of these kids will
be lucky to afford to move out on their own in their twenties.
I hear the jeering taunts of those lucky to be born in the right time, failing to acknowledge the self-righteous, ironically self-important
specialness in their condemnation of youth, and I am disgusted. I have met WW2 veterans and they are universally humble. But the generations since
have ALL had a lot handed to them, a lot more than this current new crop can expect, and yet they love to crow down on us from up high.
Pathetic. So many of you should be ashamed of yourselves, but you are too spoiled yourselves to acknowledge it. Nobody needs life's lessons beaten
into them before they are learned naturally over time, but by God there are always a line of enlightened individuals who believe otherwise.