The Best Generation

Each generation has several qualities that sets them apart from the everyone else. Some of those qualities are good, others not so good. However according to Joel Kotkin, the author of “Are Millennial the Screwed Generation?,” the millennial generation is on the not so good spectrum. Kotkin tries to argue that the millennial generation is “screwed” in various aspects including, economically, financially, and academically. These key issues are putting this generation in a setback, causing Kotkin to have a broaden belief that we will eventually “screw America.”

Then again, why dwell on the disadvantages when there are so many positives of being a part of the millennial generation. Our technology is steadily advancing. Many technological advances such as cell phones and computers seemed a far off to past generations, but thanks to the millennial generation, these innovations are now improving everyday life. The millennial generation also lives in a more diverse society and we are witnessing many social issues such as gay marriage be granted to deserving individuals. Moreover, the Pew Research Social and Demographic Trends defines the millennial generation as being “confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change.” Although we are bombarded with financial strain, including student debt and a poor job outlook, we still are obtaining a higher education because we value its importance. We pass laws that give rights to what pass generations would consider not worthy of having, because we view everyone as equal and everyone deserves a chance at happiness. This generation is not letting the problems that Kotkin describes bring them down. They are staying optimistic and are looking towards a better future.

I completely agree with the characteristics Pew gave to the millennial generation. I view myself sharing those same characteristics. If I am anything, if we are anything, we are unique. A really uplifting statement given from the article, Millennial medium chill: What the screwed generation can teach us about happiness, says “Maybe this generation won’t have a worse life, but just a different life.” We all have our own beliefs, ideas, and values, and that is what makes us different from everyone else. Yes, we may seem flawed to some, but all generations have their flaws. These flaws just give future generations something to learn from.

 

Work Cited

Kotkin, Joel. Are Millennials the Screwed Generation. 11 July 2014. Newsweek LLC. 9 September 2012.< http://www.newsweek.com/are-millennials-screwedgeneration-65523>

Pew Research Social and Demographic Trends. Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change. 11 July 2014. Pew Research Center. 24 February 2010. <http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2010/02/24/millennials-confident-connected– open-to-change/>

Thompson, Claire. Millennial medium chill: What the screwed generation can teach us about happiness. 11 July 2014. Grist Magazine Inc. 30 April 2013. < http://grist.org/living/millennial-medium-chill/>

What Defines a Man?

The millennial generation has been defined and many ways: “confident and ambitious goal-setters, and remain optimistic despite the downbeat economy (Strauss-Howe). In order for someone to represent this generation, I believe that they need to share these characteristics. Within the millennial generation there are plenty of individuals to choose from, that could possibly be the face of this generation. Although, many individuals would think that the person that should represent this generation should be a person that has faced many obstacles in their life, or a person who is trying to make a significant change in the world, or even a person who was very poor and then all of a sudden they are a successful millionaire that gives many of their earnings to the unfortunate, I beg to differ. I do not think that the person who represent the millennial generation, should be a person who seem flawless. If they seem flawless, there is no way to learn from and work towards. The person that should represent the millennial generation should be someone you could compare yourself to. Someone who is working towards a common goal and who can potentially make a difference in the world. This should be a person who can own up to their mistakes and learn from them, instead of brushing them under the rug. The individual that I believe should represent manliness for the millennial generation is my best friend Larry Patrick.

I first met Larry when I was in the 10th grade, he was in the 12th. Although neither one of us can remember exactly how we started to hang out, we are very appreciative happy we are very close friends. In the Strauss-Howe article, it states that a man lives a good life, if they “don’t make a fuss about it, just be responsible, do the right thing, be competent, and get the job done.” I have always known Larry to exemplify these examples. He is being raised by a single mother because his father died when he was only twelve years old. He tries to help his mother out as much as possible, by helping her pay the bills. He is currently in working and going to school full time at the age of twenty. For most people his age, they may think that that is a lot of work, but I never hear Larry complain about it. He has many goals that he is trying to achieve, and he has a mindset of being the best at everything he does. I admire Larry’s hardwork ethic, and he represents everything a man should be. If Larry doesn’t represent manliness for the millennial generation, I don’t know who does.

The 99%

Bold was the willingness for them to say what needed to be said, no matter who it might have offended or upset. Persistent was their relentlessness to fight for justice. Fearless was because they were unafraid of the obstacles they might have come across or the consequences they might receive. All of these words come to mind when I think of the protesters who contributed to the Occupy Movement.

Revolutions typically do not happen over night. They usually start as a “spark” in the form of a social or political problem that many people dislike. And over many years and many generations the spark is blown and the fire gradually grows. And once the fire is in full-fledged an uprising begins. The Occupy Movement was one of the few protests that had a personal and direct impact on my life. This protest was also the first time that I realized I am among the 99 percent. I remember learning about it in my civics and economics class. My teacher Mr. Boyer made it where I could understand they key issues that were at hand. He explained to me that the movement was to fight against the economic inequality this country faces. These protests became so well known, that it spread across to many major cities in the United Sates.

By following the events of the Occupy Movement, I was able to better my understanding of the issues many individuals have with America’s values. Income inequality is on the rise in the United States. Everyday the rich are becoming richer, while the poor becomes poorer. The government is suppose to be for the people, by the people, but they are only supporting the one percent. You would think that with all of these protests going around, the government would try to resolve the issue. Of course, that wasn’t the case. Most people think of America as the “promise land”, but in reality we are just as screwed up as every other country.

Whether you agree or disagree with their motives, you still cannot deny the fact that these individuals had the courage to protest towards powerful people just so their voices could be heard. They took all their drive and passion to speak up against our government system to tell them, “You can’t keep treating us this way.” They endured police brutality, were pepper sprayed in the face, and many were convicted of crimes they did not commit. However, they still never lost hope. As the upcoming generation, it is now our job to take a stand and make a difference, to show the government they cannot keep taking advantage of their people.

The Fight Against the Unjust

The case involving Treyvon Martin and George Zimmerman had an enormous impact on society, especially the African American society. Several individuals from the black community were outraged by the death of Treyvon Martin. Moreover, this event was immediately labeled as an act of racism.

When this terrible event happened, I was only in the 10th grade. I felt sick to my stomach to hear that a boy around my age was gunned down for carrying a bag of skittles and a juice. It is even more sad that we will never know the whole truth because Treyvon can not tell his part of the story. When I looked deeper into the Treyvon Martin case, I found it very interesting that although both African Americans and Hispanics are minorities, a lot of people placed George Zimmerman in the majority category by labeling him as a “white” Hispanic or a white man. Another thing that shocked me was the multitude of stereotypes that was placed upon Treyvon. Just because he was dark-skinned and wearing a hoodie doesn’t give anybody the right to make assumptions on the type of child he was. The more stereotypes that are forced upon people, the more people start to live by those stereotypes. This just gives society another excuse to belittle a person.

As I was searching through comments about the Treyvon Martin case, a lot of them referred back to race. One question I came across on twitter from Carl Miller said, “I wonder how this would go over if it was a Black man walking around with that same gun?” I found myself pegged with this same question. It is not hard to grasp the concept that America’s principles were built upon racism. So how, as a community, can we change this?

Social issues are never going away. There is always going to be that one person who dislikes you because of your race, cultural background, sexual orientation, or whatever the case may be. The only thing we can do is stay optimistic and hope that people will eventually mature and accept everyone for who they are.

 

The Best Generation

Each generation has several qualities that sets them apart from the everyone else. Some of those qualities are good, others not so good. However according to Joel Kotkin, the author of “Are Millennial the Screwed Generation?,” the millennial generation is on the not so good spectrum. Kotkin tries to argue that the millennial generation is “screwed” in various aspects including, economically, financially, and academically. These key issues are putting this generation in a setback, causing Kotkin to have a broaden belief that we will eventually “screw America.”

Then again, why dwell on the disadvantages when there are so many positives of being a part of the millennial generation. Our technology is steadily advancing. Many technological advances such as cell phones and computers seemed a far off to past generations, but thanks to the millennial generation, these innovations are now improving everyday life. The millennial generation also lives in a more diverse society and we are witnessing many social issues such as gay marriage be granted to deserving individuals. Moreover, the Pew Research Social and Demographic Trends defines the millennial generation as being “confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change.” Although we are bombarded with financial strain, including student debt and a poor job outlook, we still are obtaining a higher education because we value its importance. We pass laws that give rights to what pass generations would consider not worthy of having, because we view everyone as equal and everyone deserves a chance at happiness. This generation is not letting the problems that Kotkin describes bring them down. They are staying optimistic and are looking towards a better future.

I completely agree with the characteristics Pew gave to the millennial generation. I view myself sharing those same characteristics. If I am anything, if we are anything, we are unique. A really uplifting statement given from the article, Millennial medium chill: What the screwed generation can teach us about happiness, says “Maybe this generation won’t have a worse life, but just a different life.” We all have our own beliefs, ideas, and values, and that is what makes us different from everyone else. Yes, we may seem flawed to some, but all generations have their flaws. These flaws just give future generations something to learn from.

 

Work Cited

Kotkin, Joel. Are Millennials the Screwed Generation. 11 July 2014. Newsweek LLC. 9 September 2012.< http://www.newsweek.com/are-millennials-screwedgeneration-65523>

Pew Research Social and Demographic Trends. Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change. 11 July 2014. Pew Research Center. 24 February 2010. <http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2010/02/24/millennials-confident-connected– open-to-change/>

Thompson, Claire. Millennial medium chill: What the screwed generation can teach us about happiness. 11 July 2014. Grist Magazine Inc. 30 April 2013. < http://grist.org/living/millennial-medium-chill/>

Staying Safe

From a very young age, my mother instilled in me that college was a necessity, and not a choice. Growing up with this mindset lead me to apply to one of the best schools Michigan has to offer. Besides my mom’s influence, I wanted to attend college because I wanted to set an example for my younger brother. I am the first person in my family to attend a 4 year university and I do not want to be the last. I want to prove to him that no matter what obstacles he encounters a college education is too important to let go.
I am still getting accustomed with being on my own. I am making time to learn more about myself, become self-reliant, and mature as a young adult. Since coming to the University of Michigan, I have been made more aware of the dangers that can lurk both on and off campus. However, I will not let these hazards discourage me from attending this prestigious university.
As I researched an event that is happening as I gain my higher education at U of M, I came across an article about three Israeli teen boys. These teen boys were kidnapped on their way home from school. After days of searching, they were eventually found dead just a few miles from where they were abducted. Just knowing that they were abducted as they were trying to further their education scares me. These boys had the same potential of success as anyone else, but people will never be able to witness the impact these teens may have had on the world.
After reading this article, I will be more aware of my surroundings on campus. This tragedy has made me realize that everyone is not my friend and they do not have the same intentions as myself. Being at U of M makes me want to stay in tune with everything that happens in the world because I understand how quickly a life can be taken. I do not want my mother to be put in the same situation as the families of the Israeli teens.

Brittany Edmondson