In Defense Of Millennials: A Generation of Painful Virtue And Adaptability

The streets are filled with whiny, entitled millennials. They spent $100k on a degree in lesbian poetry, and now they expect to have the debt paid off for them by magic. They assume Donald Drumpf is a Russian Nazi and have no respect for the democratic process.

I’m sorry, but where are these people? I don’t see them. They exist on the television as Soros’s rent-a-mob. But I don’t know them in real life. I’ve met more in-real-life millennials who spread frog memes all over the internet than who would dress in black and harass people on their way to work.

First off, I have met almost no one who spent anywhere close to that much on a liberal arts degree. Yes, there are some extreme examples you hear about, but you hear about those for exactly that reason. They are extreme examples.

This blog post was inspired off this article, which was a response to a Salon article claiming that it’s awesome that starving artist types are buying expensive hippie food on food stamps. The article responding to that article is worth reading, but they make the false assumption that these are normative, when they’re not.

Most millennials realize that we were lied to. It’s not a moral sin to avoid college. Very few jobs “just want you to have a college degree in something”. Jobs only pay well if you produce something of value people want to buy.

And yeah, we’re furious about it. But that doesn’t mean we have stomped off in a huff and refused to do anything about it.

Millennials are going to trade school. They are working in factories and warehouses. They start businesses. They work hard to get a management position at whatever franchise retail or restaurant they’re stuck at.

These aren’t the people the media focuses on. They don’t make good cover stories for Time. They aren’t good scapegoats for end-of-society fearmongering.

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I have met almost no one who starts an idiotic business like Cracker Barrel and then just coasts on that for forty years. Baby boomers grew up in a time when you could get lucky on a bad idea and then do nothing for the rest of your life.

Lazy? Entitled? Never before has a generation been given such a gap between promised opportunities and actual opportunities. Old people assume we are lazy and entitled just because we are mad they lied to us. I constantly meet millennials working two jobs. Milliennials do the brunt of service staff work. So throw us a thank you for cooking your dinner. Maybe actually tip your waitress.

The entitlement is that we want to be able to afford to live. Yes, the half-baked socialism is retarded and embarrassing. But a lot of that stems from just how hard it is to support yourself. And we could have developed marketable skills, but we were told to follow our dreams instead.

And there’s no sympathy from the older generation. They don’t have the humility to admit they were wrong. They don’t want to understand our rage, because it would indict them.

Blame us for moving back in with our parents? Seriously? Family exists to support each other. Old people wanted to retire just so they could waste twenty years collecting seashells in Florida. They don’t love their children and grandchildren. We’re just a status symbol and an inconvenience. What good is family if they won’t help you in difficult times? Isn’t that the exact reason family exists at all?

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You know another great trend I see in millennials that I see very little of in older generations? A desire to return to the land.

It’s by no means a majority, but I meet more and more millennials who want to buy ten acres and raise goats. Small towns are having a small population boom. Millennials don’t want to live in a big city where everything is a franchise.

Boomers and Gen X swore “I’ll get out of this hick town someday”, and in the process they forfeited an authentic sense of community.

In ten years, fast food as we know it will be over. Millennials reject the high-priced slop of McDonald’s and Subway, instead supporting real food like Five Guys and Firehouse Subs. I have probably met exactly zero people under 30 who have any respect for the Big Mac or the Whopper.

[Though Five Guys is over-rated. Hate me if you want. I would rather go to Applebee’s. Yes, I just said that. No apologies.]

Walmart is hurting in sales and slowly closing stores. Target isn’t doing much better. Corporate bookstores are closing down, and independent bookstores are flourishing.

Millennials want authentic culture. Sometimes that desire produces dress-up culture with the weird lumberjack handlebar mustache thing. But it’s a rarity.

Don’t believe what the radio says — millennials want authentic, rootsy music. I have met several people who learned to play things like accordion or mandolin, which until recently were in danger of becoming as forgotten and archaic as the lute or panpipes. Most (straight white male) millennials prefer either classic rock and country or independent music in the wide marketplace of the internet, but almost no one listens to top 40. (The radio is marketed almost entirely to women.)

And the bad praise pop music at church? They say “it’s what the young people want”, but it’s a lie. Young people want beautiful old hymns rich in doctrine, but they’re told it’s a sin to want anything traditional. Praise pop is for middle aged single mothers who are upset they are too old for youth group. The actual youth want actual adult church, and being denied this is a major reason evangelicalism is hemorrhaging members (which I’ve written about extensively on ROK). You can’t have the much prayed for Third Great Awakening unless your church is worthy of having people trust in and commit to it, and that won’t happen with emotionally manipulative soft rock and motivational speaker as a preacher.

I’m no Catholic, but from everything I’ve been told, young people are demanding the traditional Latin mass so much that even the pope has made a statement trying to get them to settle down. Most millennial Catholics who actually believe in Catholic teaching hate the novus ordo, as far as I can tell. And most (young) protestants converting to the break-off Anglicans want Anglo-Catholic high church liturgy.

One benefit of the death of the economy is also the slow death of liberalism. Liberals hold “a good job” over your head and force you to agree with their politically correct garbage. Many millennials realize they’ll be working a dead end job for the next forty years, and if they lose this low-paying job for saying something racist, then they can easily find another one.

There’s the real reason for the rise in nationalism. You don’t have anything to bribe us with. There’s nothing to lose for being a patriarchal, Jew-hating bigot. (Same reason there are so many white power gangs in prison.)

And of course, as people move back into the country, they move more right-wing. Self-reliance tends to do that. One of the most significant shifts in the 2016 election is that the parties reframed from liberal vs conservative to urban vs rural.

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If you want to look at a whiny, self-pitying, nihilistically hedonistic generation, look at the gen x. I probably hate the gen x more than any other generation. This is the generation that invented having casual sex behind a Pizza Hut dumpster. At least baby boomers still “made love”.

Don’t tell me millennials are degenerate or don’t want to accomplish anything with their lives. We didn’t prop up fat losers like Kevin Smith. We don’t have an equivalent of Kurt Cobain, nor do we want one.

Most morbidly obese, science-fiction-obsessed, formerly-Catholic-but-now-liberal-atheists I meet are gen x. They are 40 years old. They have a job doing, I don’t know what. I don’t know what old people do for a living. Work in insurance? Probably nothing.

The gen x had some amazing music, but otherwise they didn’t accomplish anything. They just felt sorry for themselves for forty years instead of pick up the pieces and try to create something.

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The millennials are the hardest working generation in decades. The difference is the gap in opportunity. Old people cherry pick a few extreme examples about someone avoiding a car payment in order to get a tattoo and then claim that’s the average. All the while they lecture us on not being prejudiced.

If you are above 30 and think that millennials are tasteless, intellectually shallow beatniks who demand everything be handed to them and avoid work like, well, like the 1960s generation avoided work, then you should scarf another three Big Macs down your throat. Hopefully you’ll die of early onset diabetes and I won’t have to pay for your Social Security.

3 thoughts on “In Defense Of Millennials: A Generation of Painful Virtue And Adaptability

  1. You’ve offered a fair description of Millennials, but that’s a pretty scathing assessment of the X’ers! Being an X’er myself, I think I should write a post from my own generation’s point of view. Just as you (a millennial) have expressed a cynical point of view towards X’ers, X’ers also have a bitter regard towards Boomers. So this general dislike of the previous generation seems to be a trait characteristic for all generations.
    Nice post, anyway. I enjoyed reading it.

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