What’s Wrong with Us?
So I promised myself that this post was going to be a short one. I would not inundate you with my long prose. I would keep it light and funny. Sorry…Not today!
I find myself sandwiched between the emotion of frustration and deep offense. My generation is badmouth daily by media and elders as being rude, self-centered, and apathetic.
They ridicule us. They scoff at us. They doubt our abilities. They lambaste our naiveté then condemn us to hell. They debate our flighty financial sense and aversion to assets of security. They irk about our consistent moral decay.
Are we really that bad?
How did we get here? Who carried us? Who taught us? Who mentored us?
You traded us in for the almighty dollar – outsourcing our quality family moments for x-rated entertainment.
You have allowed CNN, FOX, ABC, and NBC to pimp us out for Emmys and ratings but stand in mock horror when we show our butt on the Grammy’s.
How many times have we seen Victor Newman marry Nikki Newman while he cheats with Ashley Abbott or is it Olivia – Ashley’s black best friend???? – *could this be Shonda’s muse for Scandal?*….hmmm
How long has this cycle been perpetuated: 5///10 ///20//500 years? And you question our ‘in’ – ability to commit. Obviously we learned how to be Young & Restless from someone and from somewhere.
“It’s our stories!” – you say—your midday mindless fantasies and getaway
Those sordid lies are what seems to steep our present reality.
I do not blame you or the generation before you or the generation before them.
You were once us.
Different Decade – Same Story
I am not casting blame. I am humbly suggesting that you listen…
“What’s Wrong with Us?”
“What’s Right with Us?”
- We are bold
- We value grassroots movements over bureaucratic agencies
- We are asking hard questions and seeking hard answers
- Our heart is for the human behind the
- The ironing board at home
- The iron curtain across the globe
- The iron bars in the prison
- We speak out even when they threaten to kill us and win the Nobel Peace Prize in the process.
- We choose innovation and creativity for social good
- Success is no longer translated by the dollars on our paycheck but the woman who can safely escape her pimp and find restoration in a safe and grace-filled environment.
- Yes, we will leave the perks of our Ivy League degree behind to count unhatched chickens and care for orphans in Northern Uganda
- We will create opportunities for global study and neither hoard nor gloat about our own travels
- We will turn our professional rejection into a social movement that loves on those who have been rejected for most of their lives.
- We are unashamed and will boldly proclaim God’s truth while rocking the mic in a hoodie, skinny jeans, and a pair of Jordans.
- We value community over institutions
- We engage the masses with song while building awareness of social ills
- We know the power of the ‘If’ when we let God take control
- We care for orphans and widows
So, leave the gossip to TMZ. We do not need your commentary. We need your support.
We need you to repent..Yes, I went there… I said Repent….Choose to do differently and go another way
We need you to pray for us
We need you to listen to us
We need you to invest in us
We need you to support us
We need you to be friends, parents, teachers, leaders, and mentors
THERE IS SO MUCH FOR US TO LEARN:
We want authenticity but we need to be vulnerable
We want diversity but we need to be socialized among people who do not look and think like us
We want to be generous but we need to be taught discipline and stewardship
We want justice but we need to be taught mercy
Stop slandering our names and lead us. Take time and get to know us.
This generation is not your problem but your promise for great innovation and ingenuity.
We hold a work ethic that is not motivated by the money but simply a call to do good.
I implore you to think differently about us.
Focus on the good!
There are many goodies in this post
*Be sure to click on some of the links in the post to see some of the great work being accomplished by our generation.
*Go here for a great article by The Atlantic on the myth of the Narcissistic Millennial