Friday, June 7, 2013

Twentysomething Response 3: Adults Blame Children and Adolescents for Series of Horrific Events: A short story

I* rack my brains trying to find a new telescopic view of society. Perhaps, one that is lead by angry adolescents or another full of only teen pregnant mothers. Something fresh, something chaotic, something unthinkable. What about a conspiracy theory: adults force bad behavior to angelic children, only to blame the latter for ruining the planet. Should we really be playing the blame game when it comes to world destruction?

Y walks down the street. He minds his own business except when saying "hi" and smiling at those who pass by. As he approaches the You-You-You (Y Cube), a children's club exclusive to children, Y whispers on his phone, "I am offended by curse words". A hole miraculously appears on the wall, welcoming Y into the only place where he feels absolutely secure. 

Once upon a time, they were the most watched generation in history. Yet, following a series of horrific events, adults began pointing their uncut fingernails at children for the economic downfall, political instability, and the country's overall decline. Schools and playgrounds are still covered with a mixture of profanity and terms, such as "entitled", "special?", "lazy", "spoiled", "selfish", and "narcissistic" after being repeatedly vandalized. Children and adolescents, alike, are taunted for their refusal to curse or flip the finger. Many have fled to Y Cube playhouses all over the state. 

"We should be fighting back, instead of sitting on our asses," says one kid. 
"Do you even listen to yourself? You are quickly becoming our enemy, I should not say that. They are not our enemies," the leader responds in a way that does not match what the media publicize as Millennial behavior.  
"Why don't we work together, I'm sure that our collective power will prevent the adults from advancing," another optimistically suggests. 
"I know a way!" Y suddenly voices out, "We could call a meeting. Let's explain to them that by blaming us, they are betraying the trust that they ask of us". 
"Yeah, they are also stifling our spirits!"
"And that they are not focusing on the noble duty to show us how it's done, or choosing leaders with moral authority, and strengthening the integrity, realism and farsightedness of today's adult regime". 

Unlike the conspiracy designed by the previous generation, Millennials are the made up of the most diverse group of children and adolescents, varying in race, experiences and passions. As the most ambitious, they exhibit tendencies to overachieve and pressure themselves in reaching determined goals. In contrast to their predecessor, the X generation, Millennials accept authority and follow the rules. Of course, they are also full of short comings. Members of the new generation are more prone to stress, frustration and uncertainty. Due to heightened optimism they tend to be hit the hardest when endeavors fail. 

As the sun sets, Y makes his way out of the Y Club, when he sees a middle-aged man pacing around. 
"Hi, I'm Y, do you need help?" 
"Shit! Why that's a fucking rad name you got there," the man turns to Y. 
"Thanks my parents gave it to me," 
"Does it have any meaning? Did you ask a lot of crappy questions as a baby?"
"Well, I guess, it's just a way for them to remind themselves and me that I came from them, you know, I am a continuation of who they are, the "X"es." 

* Count the number of "I"s, "My"s, "Me"s, and "Mine"s in this paper and be baffled. Is she really a Millennial?

1. Some use of profanity 
2. This is an exaggerated, almost sarcastic take on how previous generations' common perceive Millennials
3. Information was taken from and based on Howe and Strauss's book entitled "Millennials rising: The next great generation" 
4. Howe and Strauss proposed that members of the previous generation have a skewed view of the Millennials and have placed ill fitting labels on this generation due to Americans' tendency to "assume that the future will be a straight-line extension of the recent past". However, "that never occurs, either with societies or with generation" (Howe & Strauss, 2000, 10). 
5. This notion of the new generation is tied with Jeff Arnett's emerging adulthood theory. According to Henig (2010), those who are currently in between adolescents and adulthood are more optimistic, despite decreased certainty about the future. 

Henig, R. M. (2010, August 22).  The post-adolescent, pre-adult, not-quite-decided life stage.  The New York Times Magazine, 28-45.

Howe, N. & Strauss, W. (2000).  Millennials rising: The next great generation (pp. 3-58). New York: Vintage.

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