Wow. This is a really good piece that is totally worth a read. And then a reread. And then maybe a further read.
If you are someone who entered adulthood in the last few years, you are a Generation Y or Millennial. You have done your part to grow away from the Jonas Brothers. Maybe you dallied with Justin Bieber for a moment, and then realized, no… I am becoming an adult. I must put away childish things. (Though I would like to finish the Harry Potter books I started or at least see how Twilight ends up).
Just like you have quit paying such heed to Snooki or the Bieb or Miley, you millennials need to quit listening to Boomers and Gen-Xers (your grandparents & parents) about “what to do” to make a successful way in the world.
College is just not the answer unless you can get into an Ivy League school with full funding.
Yes, you have to keep educating yourselves. But you also have to recognize that the forces which made going to college work for your parents and grand-parents–those same folks helped move us into a world that just does not work that way.
This is really about how the Book of Life is being written right now with the blood of the Millennials. That is that.
It is smart to develop a trade as well as professional contacts. And really commit yourselves to heeding the vocation to philosophize as a way of life. Because philosophizing is what will develop the character you need to survive in the world Boomers and Gen-Xers have wrought and do so without being overcome by fear.
Hey kids, you’ve all read “The Hunger Games,” right? Almost all young people have read the best-selling books or seen the Hollywood movie about Katniss Everdeen, a smart and ambitious young lady whose life prospects are diminished by historical events that predate her. What little hope she has is seemingly reduced to nil when a bunch of old people drop her into an arena and force her to fight with her fellow children in a battle royale to the death.
But that’s just fiction, right? Your loving parents and grandparents would never screw up their world and then throw you kids under the bus…or would they?
Actually, they already have.
Last week, the economics blog Calculated Risk ran a chart that tells a pretty compelling story. To an economist, this chart means that the magnitude and duration of the 2007 recession’s impact on unemployment outpaces that of any prior post-war recession. To young people, it simply means this…
You kids are screwed.