That’s right, I’m talking to you, sitting at your work table scrolling through your now “old-school” iPhone 6, refreshing your information feed, Instagram, and Snapchat an embarrassing number of seasons in a odd listless number that your psyche has, at this detail, outsourced to mere muscle storage. Likewise, I wholly know you simply favorited that tweet about dining tide cod or ajax or whatever because #lolz. And I know when you get home tonight, you’re going to move yourself a glass of vino, and proceed to mindlessly swipe through Tinder while binge-watching Black Mirror season 4 and rarely freshening Instagram in order to be allowed to like more photographs of your friends’ puppies. You’re doing this all in the name of “self care” but truly it’s because you, me, and majority decisions our generational peers are caught in a self-sabotaging cycles/second of suppressing our true-life appears of rage, resentment, and powerlessness over what’s going on in the world around us. We continue to shove these inclinations deeper and deeper into the exceedingly bottom of our beings until we’re sufficiently counted out on being lidocaine. This is how we’ve come to be named as the most cynical generation, ever. And studies demonstrated how, millennials maintain unprecedented levels of mistrust when it comes to legislators, Congress, the U.S. justice system, even the Church has neglected many of us.
Of course, we have every right to be the cynical, amounted out, tide pod meme jokesters that we’ve grown. We have every right to google as many photos of cute puppies on the Internet as we satisfy. Because if you, like me, were born sometime between 1981 and 1996( is in accordance with Pew Research that’s the age assortment for millennials ), then you know we as an entire generation have lived through some crazy bullshit. Awarded, every generation knows the market share of campaign, economic fluctuations, and political discord, some more strongly than others. But Generation Y, as we’re often named, grew up in this special kind of hell that I don’t fantasize past generations could have predicted. Many of us were just registering junior high school or high school when the September 11 terrorist attacks kindled nationwide anxiety and a subsequently unproductive ten-year crusade, fueled by politically enabled corporate avarice. Then, in 2008, the home grocery collapsed, immersing the U.S. and much of the world into a global financial crisis that lasted over a decade. We watched as our government flushed billions of dollars in bail-out money into the large investment banks whose perverts and greed-fueled high-risk lending actions were the primary intellect for the house breakdown. We continued to watch, helplessly, as those same banks took that government bail-out money, our parent’s fund, and handed out millions of dollars in bonuses to top executives.
Oh and then in the midst of war and a world financial crisis, enter smartphones and the subsequent rise of social media. While plying us with unparalleled brand-new different levels of interconnectivity and superpower, smartphones also served to overwhelm us with fondness of paucity as we started with incessantly comparing our lives with the social-media filtered lives of our peers and luminaries like The Kardashians. We began to experience solitude from our real-life relations as we grew be concerned with communicating via our avatars- the internet versions of ourselves. Despite the subconscious, chronic mantle of sadnes our smartphones were projecting onto us, we spotted these same devices useful as a tool for filtering out the racket from what was going on in the world around us. Unhappily, many of us millennials, myself included, have become self-absorbed and far extremely adroit at filtering reality via the distraction of our phones; we forget there’s this whole new generation coming up after us- Generation Z. And they need our support.
Generation Z, generally agreed upon by researchers as anyone born after 1996, has never known “peoples lives” apart from the continual, looming threat of terrorism. Generation Z cannot recollect a age when mass shootings in academies weren’t “just a part of growing up, kiddo.” In point, a 2013 Gen Z-focused issue of The Cassandra Report revealed that 43% of 7- to 13 -year-olds expected academy brutality/ shootings would have a stronger impact on their generation than even the fabrication of social media and the election of the first Black President. Generation Z are digital aborigines who understand the potential of social media to create strong, interconnected movements of parties engaging to affect tangible change in the world. Generation Z detected the viral detonation of the long overdue #MeToo movement, spurred on a global scale by women of all ages, and they took notes. This past week, our person and our authority have witnessed the unwavering commitment of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high schoolers and the thousands of other students who have joined them in organizing marches, institution walk-outs, and public discussions, in an effort to see common-sense handgun laws voted into action by Congress.
Millennials, I know our generation has checked some rough times, I know many of us are tired of trying to change the space the situation is, I know often it’s more comfortable to immerse ourselves in our handiwork and our telephones than face what’s really going on in the world around us. But now, more than ever, is the time for our generation to stand with our young cohorts and is demonstrating they have our approval, as they proactively seek to affect change in our government and our laws. There are so many tangible modes we can take an active role in supporting the efforts of these fearless teens. One direction we can help is by donating to their GoFundMe expedition to support the March for Our Lives occurrence planned for March 24 in Washington, DC and metropolis across the commonwealth. The GoFundMe has raised $1,851, 447 in exactly 3 periods. Another style we can assist in raising awareness for the legislation these kids are fighting for is by simply posting on our social media. There’s an Instagram account called @everytown that posts character, informed material about the need to end artillery savagery in America. I’ve understood some of my well-respected peers on Instagram reposting from that account.
With our constant access to the Internet, social media, and countless apps, all via our smartphones, there are so many effortless practices we can help propel the activism of these young person forwards so that true change can come about. In the words of Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk at the 2016 Recode Conference, “You have more strength than the President of the United States had twenty years ago…you can answer all the issues, you can videoconference with anyone anywhere, you can send a message to millions of people instantaneously, you are able to do incredible things.” Millennials, let’s put aside our regret, exasperation, and disbelief, and let’s start doing incredible circumstances again. Let’s join forces with Generation Z in shouting from the tops of our lungs “NEVER AGAIN! ”