The Lost Generation, the Greatest Generation, the Baby Boomers, and the Millennials.
How about us? What will the generation of today’s teens be called or characterized by?
Will we be the generation that grew up with gadgets all around us and therefore be always connected? Are we the generation that constantly glares at screens, have earbuds in our ears, and a smartphone in our hands?
That possibility sounds quaint in comparison to the more likely outcome.
We are the ones that will suffer the consequences of the previous generation’s greed and inability to cooperate or compromise to solve the world’s most pressing issues.
We will be the ones forced to deal the with the effects of climate change on the environment as a result of the previous generation’s inability to address the issue of reducing greenhouse gases. Our environment has also been changed for the worse as a result of our consumerist society wanting more and more items without caring about the repercussions it has on our natural resources. Corporations are so focused on making exuberant profits that they do not think or care how their present actions will effect the future generations.
We will be the generation forced to “pay today’s debt.” We are already living in a world of rampant unemployment and college debt. This generation is expected to be the first generation to earn less than our parents.
Definitely much bleaker than being the social generation that is consumed by our smartphones.
I am not content or satisfied with this future.
Nor should you be. We should not be the generation that suffers as a result of the previous generation’s faults. We should not go into life and the world with a burden over our heads. We should strive for something better! We should want more, if not for the very simple reason that we are Capitalists that want more and more. Why should it be limited to material goods? Why should we not want a better future?
Our generation should be the ones who defy all expectations of a bleak future. We should be the ones who use our socialness and tech savviness to change and control our future. We should social media to expose government corruption and corporations that take advantage of people in developing countries and harm the environment. We should us technology to make the world a better place and give a voice to those who don’t have one. We should use technology to solve our big problems and make the world a better place. At the same time, we should find a way to be more successful than our parents and create a much better world than they ever could.
We should be the defiant generation.