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January 25, 2014

On the Go: In defense of millennials, the janitorial generation

Born at some point within the last two decades of the 20th century, millennials are growing up. 

Depending on whom you ask, we are narcissistic, lazy and unrefined. On the flip side, we are over coming incredible odds, pursuing higher education at a higher percentage than any generation before us, and showing more empathy for living creatures. 

Being a millennial myself, I’m probably a little biased as to which side I lean. But if we are all disappointments, we are the most resilient disappointments ever.

First off, I’d like to address the condition of the economy and environment we are inheriting. They’re both crappy. 

Polar bears are drowning and trees are being downed. Gases are being released and resources are being devoured. The dollar is inflating and credit is declining. Loans are growing and jobs are scarce. 

 We aren’t lazy. We are inheriting the mess our elders so kindly left us.

We are trying to pay off our five-figure education without a job because none are available. We are saying no to meat and recycling our bottles because we won’t betray the earth’s trust. 

 In essence we are a janitorial generation. It is our job to sweep up the ruble and construct a new reality. One where in technology and compassion dominate.

As fiery as we are, I believe we are also a generation of compromisers. 

Clearly the older generations have reached a stalemate in the way of political progress. 

Not all millennials condone abortion, but most would protect a woman’s right to choose. And most acknowledge the possible monetary gains of fracking, but aren’t willing to ruin the earth for it. Regulations are necessary but our sprawling bureaucratic oligarchy could stand to go on a diet. 

We don’t all agree, but we’ve grown up surrounded by the sense of exasperation that accompanies close-mindedness. In our case, monkey see, monkey won’t do.

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