I had a discussion with a young dentist recently. Let me revise that—I “tried” to have a discussion with him. It as like talking to a tree. He had no more of an idea of what I was talking about than an immigrant fresh from Ukraine.. It as was if we were speaking different foreign languages. He was telling me how great he treated his patients and how much he “cared” about them, how compassionate he was.
I looked at him and smiled. “How old are you?” I asked. “He proudly said, “I’m a millennial.” I shook my head and sadly said, “You don’t know shit. I lived through the Great Depression. Only those of us who survived that period know how horrible it was. And that was followed by World War Two. I didn’t even get to start on my personal career until the fifties”.
That young dentist had never known any hardship. He had never gone hungry . He never knew food rationing or being limited on the amount of gas you could buy. . He never had to worry about a job. He never served his country in the military. He was a typical millennial. And these people have no concept of what struggles the older generations went through. Their fathers and grandfathers ; served our country and still managed to get married, raise a family, and have a life..
We are all the result of our experiences. What distresses me is that young people have (with the exception of unexpected medical problems ) have had, for the most part, an extremely easy life – and they don’t even know it and certainly don’t appreciate it.. They received trophies just for showing up. If they were low income they not only got free lunch at school, they also got free breakfast. In my opinion, if a family can’t afford to give a child his or her breakfast, maybe they should consider not having that child. But why should they? The “government’ (that means you and me, the taxpayers), must pay the bill.
No wonder millennials are liberals. To be a liberal you don’t have to DO anything to solve a problem, you just have t to “care.” You have to be compassionate. You have to “feel bad” about problems. And those attributes cost nothing.
Personally, I won’t waste any time trying to reason with millennials. Let them go about their unicorn world, thinking good thoughts and believing they fought the good fight, let them have their biggest worry be that their iPhone battery has died. The good thing is: Though they are very vocal about “social justice” and freedom and diversity VERY FEW OF THEM BOTHER TO VOTE. So we old-timers have to make sure we do to save America. And the only way to know that your vote counts is to VOTE IN PERSAON on November 3rd. I’ll see you in the line.