One of the stories my mother recites often goes like this. Boys, when I’m old and gray which one of you will take care of me? My older brother quickly responds, you can come live with me! Then my mother looks to me with a smile. To which I say, I’ll pay him to take care of you.
I did not appreciate old people as a kid. The elderly person being my mom did not make a difference.
So imagine my surprise when I noticed one day that I am friends with a Boomer.
We agree and disagree regularly, but our conversations can resemble a lecture. She will try to prove that her ignorance of current technology does not make her dumb. I will try to prove that my usefulness goes beyond holding a device. Despite her generation being known as psychedelic hippies, she never experimented with drugs or orgies. My generation is known for being precious little snowflakes, but I don’t consider myself to be easily offended.
Somehow we often discuss culture and politics. Growing up in the same town adds to the interest of inspecting the generational gap between us. She will ask me, how did we get here? Why are Millennials, cultural kamikaze pilots?
Do you not recognize your creation, Dr. Frankenstein?
Modern problems require a modern solution, and that solution is admiring the emperor’s new clothes. The revolution on behalf of the oppressed has corporate sponsorships.
You are either paranoid or naive. State the obvious, wait 2 years, now you’re a bigot.
At this point, she is bewildered, and for good reason. All right, I’ll slow down and be specific.
2 + 2 = 5. In case you don’t believe me, here is an article.
Also, Abraham Lincoln was a white supremacist. Yes, the guy famous for the Emancipation Proclamation. Here’s a link.
Social issues are being defined by a guilt coalition. They all use the same argument, which is that they’ve been wronged and the only way to correct it is by giving them what they want. Using superfluous and exotic words, the meaning is consistent demand for compliance.
The desire for higher quality customer service resulted in the customer always being right. Good intentions led to people antagonizing retail workers knowing the worst-case scenario is being rewarded. Oh, you ordered this thing but now regret it? Please don’t leave a bad review! Here, have some coupons.
This mentality is not restricted to retail.
Robert Rauschenberg erased a drawing he obtained from Willem de Kooning in 1953. The result is considered a respectable piece of art. This event predates 1981, I just wanted to remind you that the decline of civilization began before Millennials were born.
The Dadaists saw the devastation of World War 1 and concluded that humanity should reject beauty. For the rationale was that humanity was ugly and therefore deserved ugly art. There are now cultural Marxists running around, pointing at hierarchies as tools of oppression, equating all disparities with evil. Yet, I believe Cultural Dadaism is the appropriate term for what we are experiencing.
Particularly, the Dadaists used art as a means to destroy art. The focus was to infiltrate respected galleries to dismantle the system. The same mindset has been unleashed upon our universities, which then flows into corporate America. Those producing and celebrating such propaganda are often complaining about the lack of French cathedrals in Rome.
“Yale will stop teaching a storied introductory survey course in art history, citing the impossibility of adequately covering the entire field — and its varied cultural backgrounds — in one course.”
Art History Department to scrap survey course
Technically speaking, students at this Ivy League University are struggling to reconcile the number of white people living in Europe during the Renaissance.
During my college years, I noticed a particular pattern among my peers. Many of them were eager to trade the dogma of their parents for the dogma of professors in pursuit of enlightenment. Old ideas were quickly replaced without confrontation, and everyone knew the new concepts were better because they replaced what was old. If old conclusions were superior, they would not have been subverted.
Arguments about virtue would unravel in this manner. Jill tells Jack not to do something. Jack then asks Jill if she has ever done what she says he must not do. If her answer is yes, the conversation turns into how Jill is nothing more than a hypocrite, and therefore not worth listening to. If her answer is no, it is used to demonstrate that she is ignorant, and therefore not worth listening to. Society then applauds Jack’s reasoning, and declares him a paragon of logic.
Of course, my Boomer friend agrees when I criticize my generation, but she doesn’t usually see the connection to her generation. As other people have pointed out, Millennials were the recipients of participation trophies, but we were not the presenters.