I am absolutely disgusted with so many of the 20 something’s out there. With the huge things that are going on around the world you would think something of importance would be on their minds. But, what’s trending on Twitter? Beingmaryjane. And replacealetterruinatvshow. What the actual hell??
There is an entire generation that thinks that lifting the sanctions off of Cuba is a good thing because Beyoncé and Jay Z like Cuba! They don’t bother to do the research to find out about the atrocities that the Cuban government inflict on its citizens. It’s enough that two largely irrelevant pop stars like it. Come on! Grow both a spine and a brain!
When we stopped letting children fail, when everyone gets a prize, we created a generation of citizens that want nothing more than to tie with everyone else. What happened to excelling? To being a leader? Where, in the real world, does everyone, regardless of effort, get the same results? We crippled an entire generation with mediocrity. It’s the number one disability in our country today.
The generation that will be running our country in a few decades is too busy being politically correct to be politically active. They spend more time reading Anime and Manga than in reading the news. They neither know, nor care, who are the people that will likely be elected to run the country next year. They are having debates over whether Beyoncé was the greatest half time show ever (she wasn’t…not even close) instead of debating the important things like health insurance regulations and the national debt.
Maybe it’s because they don’t have to care. Most of them are still financially still living off of their parents. They are spoiled to someone else having to make the important decisions while they’re busy acting like overgrown teenagers. How are they ever going to man up enough to create a responsible generation in their own children if they can’t let go of being the children.
If the world, for one day, quit catering to their whims, quit showing selfies of Kim Kardashian’s ass, showed nothing but the important things, they’d pout and be overwhelmed in realness. If they suddenly had to find out on their own what the issues are instead of being spoon fed their opinions on social media, what an eye opener that would be!
There are many things going on in our world today that stand to shape where we go as a country. There’s the race problems that were highlighted in Ferguson (that’s an entire blog post of its own), there’s the issue or Russia invading Ukraine, there’s the significant possibility of a nuclear North Korea. Not to mention the beheading of Americans abroad and Christians from around the globe being persecuted for their beliefs.
In reaching out to friends about these events it occurred to me, the generation that is now in their mid-twenties neither knows nor cares about these things. They are passionate about which generation of iPhone is superior. They are outraged over the use of GMO’s in popular foods. They are outraged about the mistreatment of animals in the meat industry. In other words, they only care if it affects them directly.
This wouldn’t be a huge issues except, in a few short generations, they are going to be the ones running this country. And while healthy eating is important, it’s not going to matter if there are GMO’s if we are in the middle of another cold war but with Korea and Iraq this time. Putin isn’t going to care about mistreatment of animals if they invade us.
I blame it on a generation that spends their days posting pictures of everything, from themselves (selfies) to what they ate to their nail polish. Social media has trained them to broadcast everything every minute of their day. So they spend so much time thinking of themselves that they have become apathetic to the big happenings of the world.
How are you supposed to empathize with someone else if you only care about what affects you? And you can’t run a country without caring about the good of others. In thirty years we will have a generation of citizens that have no idea about having a social conscience. That aren’t passionate about making this a great county. That are so insular that things happening across the world don’t even show up on their radar.
What will happen when that time comes? When they can’t hashtag something away? When they have to get off their computer and smart phones and actually show up? When the fate of this country is in their hands?
We, my generation, has got to do a better job of getting them ready. We have to include them in the discussions. We have to redirect their radar so they see the big picture. Somewhere out there could be the next JFK or Ronald Reagan. We can’t let them waste themselves away posting funny Vines! Let’s make a commitment to inspire them. To give them our passion. To give them our patriotism. They are the future.