I’m 34 years old. That means I’m at the very, very back-end of the millennial age group…or maybe it’s the front of the line?
Is indecision a thing about millennials that bothers people?
Either way, by most people who enjoy categorizing others into demographic pie charts, I’m included in the oft-bemoaned group of today’s up and coming leaders, families, soldiers, work force, business owners, and etc. And to be honest, I get a little tired of everyone incessantly bashing my age group.
Why’s that? I’d be more than happy to explain with an illustration.
Several years ago a group of individuals, myself included, were watching a very young man in the heart of the millennial age group cut the grass using a riding-lawnmower. To be honest, however silly it may sound to some of you, he wasn’t very skilled; and because of his lack of skill, he found himself in the cross-hairs of head-shaking, laughs and put-downs which included derogatory comments about “this younger generation and how they know nothing.” Upon hearing that accusation, I simply asked one of the nay-sayers something along the lines of, “If his generation doesn’t know anything, then whose generation failed at teaching them?” Since that particular person belonged to the generation responsible for the education of the “know-nothing” generation, the point had been made.
The last time I checked, it wasn’t the millennial age group that initiated the “free love” movement, or legalized abortion, or did away with prayer in school, or nearly perfected marriages that ended in divorce, or legalized homosexual marriage, or propagated religious ignorance, or whatever else you may consider a black-mark on today’s American culture. We didn’t start any of that – we were raised by the generation that did.
My purpose with this post isn’t to bash anyone’s entire generation with a blame-it-all-on-you-point-of-view. There will always be good people in a bad generation and bad people in a good generation…generations come and go and they can have a way of repeating themselves in a disheartening manner (Ecclesiastes 1:1-11). My purpose is simply to point out that a generation’s worth of students can’t be properly ridiculed if the student is only doing what the teacher taught them to do. That’s why I like to remind people about the age of the holy scriptures and how they so easily apply to today’s world…no matter the age group:
“There is a generation that curses its father, and does not bless its mother. There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filthiness. There is a generation—oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, and whose fangs are like knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.” (Proverbs 30:11-14)
And by the way, you may find this story interesting. It’s from one mother’s point of view on the effects of “yesterday’s” feminist movement upon “today’s” western-culture male.