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Millennials, Front and Center! Version I

In Uncategorized on March 4, 2010 at 8:00 PM

March 4, 2010

All right! We blew it! We totally fell for the oldest trick in the book and now we look like hopeless idiots in front of the whole world. What was our mistake? Youth. The veracity of naivete that only comes with inexperience, adolescence and a total lack of responsibility. Characterized by our decision to participate in an election, support a candidate most of us believed in and show the world that we too, could be advocates for hope and change and a better world.

We should have known better. At least, with all the education we have had, you would think we might have picked up a thing or two in history class. But no, we made the same mistake just as naturally and easily as the generation before us, the generation before them, and so forth…

Despite all our potential and the efforts of our elders, we allowed propaganda to move us when it was there to seduce us; zeitgeist, to inspire us when it was there to distract us.

Welcome to the 21st Century and the Age of Information Technology, ushering in a new generation with all the hopes, dreams, ideals and utopianism of youth. We Millennials stand at the cusp of assuming our role in the future of our country, our world and our culture.

And we are just as stupid.

NOW WHAT?

First, let’s admit we made a big mistake in the 2008 election. At least we can recognize our failure, move on and start to correct it.

The world perceives us as juvenile. Our elders look on us with doubt. And we look upon ourselves and know we are better than this. It’s not 1965 anymore and the kids who show up at political rallies acting like it’s another Woodstock are just indulging the AARP Members who are living vicariously through them.

If you really want to drag this out, then continue dithering over who’s wrong and who’s right and who’s to blame. The ugly truth is that we all share blame, we all are right and we all are wrong. Honestly, we could lose the redundant rhetoric altogether.

We are all better, much better than this and we know it. We are the Millennial Generation, stepping into the 21st Century, not with hesitation, but with purpose and with virtue. We owe it to one another to hold a higher standard than before. Let’s learn our lesson and not fall for the propaganda, the Mainstream Media or the lazy speeches that reassure us that we do live in an age of hope and change.

Most of all, it is time for Our Voice to be heard. Enough with allowing others to speak for us, to represent us and define who we are and who we will become. We know now the voracity of youth is our weakness. No one thought we’d notice any exploitation but guess what? We have.

We understand why we should not ask what our country can do for us.

Instead, we want to know what we must do for our country.

Let’s get to work.

Copyright 2010 by Kimberly Cox

  1. Very good. Perceptive article. Only disagree in one area – it is not just about young people. Your article applies to all ages. The era of “easy credit” led to easy morality, lazy thinking, , irresponsibly parenting, unjustified entitlements, reality TV expectations, political naïveté, ignorance of economic history &
    a narcotic dependence on materialistic support.
    The older generation are at fault for forgetting the inexperience of youth. And the younger generation are at fault for accepting the selfishness of their elders.

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  2. I can only hope more people can reach level of awarness. The damage being done to this economy by the current level of spending is robbing the 20’s & 30’s generation of any chance of success. All of this so the progressive Hippies generation (my gen sad to say) can have “our fair share”. This article gives me some hope that the illusion of the 2008 election is starting to wear off. This is my kind of hope!

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    • Speaking of awareness, what does it mean to be a “Hippie?” I went through that whole phase and tried it in college. It didn’t last long. I realized who all the “Hippie Kids” really were. I was hanging out with people who were actually just using the Hippie lifestyle as an excuse to get high. I’m not sure what I found more disturbing, realizing the whole illusion or seeing the “adults” or “original hippies” who hung out with them all the time. It was like they never aged and were clinging to something long since past. They were so disconnected from the world. It honestly was really disturbing to realize that could happen.

      During the 2008 campaign, I saw them again on the campuses and at political rallies, swaying to music, wearing the same clothes and drinking beer. Like it was another concert or party. The illusion was still there, just like before. The only difference was that it seemed, at last, there was an immediate purpose they could all share in again.

      Perhaps I should have spoken up sooner. Perhaps a lot of us should have stood up and said, “HELLO? Do you realize how easy it is to convince these folks of this? All it takes is a little talk of peace, love and happiness, a little music and a little extra something and they turn to puddy just like at a Widespread Panic concert. Talk to US now and convince us that this is the right decision. No music. No puppets. No beer. No tricks. Just give it to us straight.”

      Believe me, I made a big mistake and like many, fell for it, hook, line and sinker. I underestimated the power of the illusion just as I failed to see it right away when I was in college.

      It’s time for us to grow up and face the music for what it is. The more my generation starts talking CONSTRUCTIVELY about this, the more of a chance we have to stand together.

      We cannot afford to make the same mistake twice. That’s why the lesson now is vital. The question is, will we rise to the occasion and clean up this mess? We’re gonna have to work. Most of all, we’re gonna have to stop wasting time talking and start doing. Let’s keep that hope but understand we have to earn our fair share.

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      • First of all, I appreciate the fact that even though your challenging an issue with a lot of potential backlash (the Obama is my rockstar mentality)I appreciate the fact that you remain relatively unbiased in your assessment of the 2008 election. Using broad strokes, I think you were able to make some very valid points concerning “group think” that both those who voted for, and those who voted against BO succumbed to.

        I’d be interested to hear more on this subject from you. Like many things, I think one of the greatest benefits of living in this time, is potentially one of our greatest weaknesses; the internet and social media. On one hand, its a powerful tool that can fight regimes and help foster revolution (Iran) and on the other, it only reinforces the status quo within the US. Popular elections in the US are swayed by emotions primarily, and what better way to harness that than tools like twitter, or blogs, that seemingly connect citizens with the well packaged and marketed products of their political admiration.

        I don’t think anyone should really be angry with themselves that they got duped. BO did what American politicians have been doing for centuries, BO’s campaign just came in like a Blitzkreig but he was following the strategy of a president that he and history greatly admire:

        “If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which, say what you will, is the great high-road to his reason, and which, when once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing his judgment of the justice of your cause.”

        -Abraham Lincoln

        That statement is all too true, more so, I think the heart REPLACES most men’s reason these days. And when a man is guided by his heart, then he can easily be swayed. Reason is your fact checker, the thing that would have told millions of people “Hey, you know when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is” I think the 2008 election stung a lot of people because they only realized in hindsight how utterly buffaloed they were, but in reality, the only thing truly different were the tools BO’s campaign chose to use.

        I’m running on here, I have a tendency to do that. Suffice it to say, keep up the good work. I look forward to you really digging into this more!

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  3. Now you understand where the cliche ‘youth is wasted on the young’ comes from; but it was more than just your generation that mistook slogans for solutions. At least you have the disadvantage of being the product of a liberal, union-run primary education system. The machine is well tuned and runs like a top. We need to build a better machine that runs faster and empowers the individual again. Keep preaching – people will listen!

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    • Yes, “youth is wasted on the young” resonates all too clearly and was in my thoughts as I wrote this. I have had that quote memorized since I was a teenager and it is haunting. Especially considering Mr. George Bernard Shaw (or Oscar Wilde, who may have been the original, uncredited source) saw the 19th Century change to the 20th Century and certainly had a lot to say during his time before his death in 1950.

      History repeats itself. Each generation faces the transition from adolescence to adulthood. The question is, will my generation rise to the occasion? I do not know the answer to that. What I do know is that there are a great number of us out there who are ready to take responsibility for our youth and our future. We are not dumb, nor are we unaware. Rather, I think we’ve been waiting. Not wasting time, but instead, making haste slowly. Festina Lente.

      I wonder what Shaw would have to say about all this?

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  4. The last line sums it up well. Remember it is your/our country, not the effing world. You were never taught American exceptionalism. We reached for the stars and fell back. Now you must go for it cause as long as we follow the rest of the world we will be in the sewer with them.
    Let the rest of the world respond to the next Haiti or Chili or Indonesia. Let us the Mutts of the world who have been thrown out of every “decent” country in the world move on.

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