Ah, Millenials…

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I tend to have a love-hate relationship with my generation.  I love us because I aim to love people in general, and I hate us because we can be just so naively fatalistic or nihilistic and self-righteous.  That’s why I really face-palmed when a friend of mine shared this little meme on facebook.  Alright, now for my self-righteous rebuttal:

1. Who would want to raise a child in this broken world?

I’m sorry, did the world suddenly become broken when you first decided to turn off your X-Box and listen to our media which pretty much feeds off of tragedies?  When was the world not broken, and when has that ever prevented people from having and protecting a family?  Oh how kind of you, not wanting to introduce a child to this pitiful existence.  I suppose you curse your parents for having you and would really like to crawl back into your mama’s womb and suck on your thumb again, too.

2. Pregnancy is expensive and stressful to the body.

In the age of painkillers and praise for the exponential advancements of medical science in the area of childbirth, not to mention the availability of at least a good number of organizations prepared to help families in need, you think this generation should be the one to complain most about the struggles of pregnancy?

Yes, pregnancy is expensive and stressful.  I should know; my dad told me my mother coughed up blood and had to stay in the hospital for a few weeks while she was pregnant with me.  Oh, and they were nearly dead broke.  Do they feel any less of a sense of accomplishment and pride because they endured that for my sake?  Geez, people, stop wanting to take the easy way out.

3. We’re the most educated and underpaid in history.

Ai yi yada…and who’s fault is that?  Who is determined to keep voting in people who make market conditions so much more difficult to start or maintain a business that can hire people and make school costs rise like crazy?  Who was it that bought into the idea that a fancy Liberal Arts degree makes you deserving of a high-paying job?  Who was it that decided to restrict themselves and go along with the concept that you even need to have great educational credentials to make a decent living?  You’ve got it – millenials!

4. We’re scared of being unable to provide the same opportunities we had.

Well that’s our problem right there – we’re scared.  The opportunities we had were given to us because our parents and grandparents took risks, even if they had their own flaws.  And you can never really provide your kid with opportunities, unless you have connections, because they will need to follow them with their own strengths that you hope to instill in them while they’re growing up.  You teach your kid, like I was taught by my dad, to make and find opportunities for themselves.

5. There’s too many of us!

Overpopulation is a myth.  Our resources are becoming ever-more efficient to meet our needs while moving towards sustainability, and our population is predicted to peak and drop off within a few years.  Please stop the apocalyptic-fetishizing.

6. Career or kids?  Your pick.

Why is a career more important than family, and how come we cannot somehow manage to fulfill both?  Am I wrong, or are human beings still being born with brains these days?

7. It’s easier to have pets.

Okay, you got me there.  But I would argue that it’s not quite as fulfilling.  Nothing that’s easy is ever really worth much in the grand scheme of things.

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3 thoughts on “Ah, Millenials…

  1. LOL! Well said, Ada!

    As to a broken world, back when we had kids and half of them died by the age of five, oh ouch! That would have been really hard and painful. Before we had immunizations,antibiotics, about half our kids died. That’s a broken world and thankfully,not as common these days.

    As to pregnancy being expensive and stressful, not so much. It actually made me healthier. All those hormones tend to give you a pregnancy glow and make your hair thicker and your nails longer. Than nursing burns calories, and can redistribute your weight, so you come out looking better than when you started. I suppose it’s all relative, but many studies suggest pregnancy and nursing actually prevent some cancers and other health issues. LOL, also yes, it’s expensive and stressful,but not if you have a dad around and people who care for you, and a good attitude.

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    • Thank you for pointing that out! Considering my mom’s unusual situation, I don’t really think about the health benefits of pregnancy, but now that you mention it I do remember reading studies about that. And you’re right, back in the day couples had to have seven kids just in the hope that three would outlive them. That is definitely real suffering and makes my generation’s complaints seem so trivial. We really are blessed, maybe even undeservingly, and we should be thankful for what we have, just like I’m sure many of our ancestors had to be with what they had. It’s like when God brought the Jews through the desert. They were complaining, but He guarded their feet so that they wouldn’t be worn out from the journey, even though it was still a tough trip. So it is with childbirth now – it is still difficult, painful, and stressful, but it has much improved over history (though some would still like to babble on about God’s “curse” against Eve). 🙂

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  2. I think its such a good point that overpopulation is a myth. It is clear from hundreds of scientific studies that yes, we cannot survive with 10 billion people living as we do now, but it is only the selfish nature of the lucky few who lice in countries such as the Uk or US. Our throw-away culture, immediate desire to jump on trends (whether damaging to the rest of the species or not!), and overall development of society is growing at an infinite rate and thus meaning our existence as is, is finite.

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