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this was sent to me ,the writer has a better sense of reality than many that age...


https://fee.org/articles/college-student-my-generation-is-blind-to-the-prosperity-around-us/

 

This article was written by a 26 yr old college student by the name of Alyssa Ahlgren, who was in grad school for her MBA.  It's a short article but definitely worth a read. 

 

College Student: My Generation Is Blind to the Prosperity Around Us

Destroying the free market will undo what millions of people have died to achieve.

 

I'm sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis (Florida) trying to think of what to write about.  I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of presidential candidates calling for policies to "fix" the so-called injustices of capitalism.  I put my phone down and continue to look around. 

 

I see people talking freely, working on their MacBook's, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me.  We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we've become completely blind to it. 

 

Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose.  These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don't give them a second thought. 

 

We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average.  Thirty-One Times!!! 

 

Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful. 

 

Our unappreciation is evident as the popularity of socialist policies among my generation continues to grow.  Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, "An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity??? 

 

Never saw American prosperity!  Let that sink in. 

 

When I first read that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate thing I've ever heard in my 26 years on this earth.  Many young people agree with her, which is entirely misguided. 

 

My generation is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen prosperity.  I know this first hand, I went to college, let's just say I didn't have the popular opinion, but I digress. 

 

Why then, with all of the overwhelming evidence around us, evidence that I can even see sitting at a coffee shop, do we not view this as prosperity?  We have people who are dying to get into our country. 

 

People around the world destitute and truly impoverished.  Yet, we have a young generation convinced they've never seen prosperity, and as a result, we elect some politicians who are dead set on taking steps towards abolishing capitalism. 

 

Why?  The answer is this, my generation has only seen prosperity.  We have no contrast.  We didn't live in the great depression, or live through two world wars, the Korean War, The Vietnam War or we didn't see the rise and fall of socialism and communism. 

 

We don't know what it's like to live without the internet, without cars, without smartphones.  We don't have a lack of prosperity problem.  We have an entitlement problem, an ungratefulness problem, and it's spreading like a plague.

  

 

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We have it better in this country than in others, I agree. But it is harder to start out as a young person now that it was when I graduated high school...the factories & union jobs don't exist, skilled tradesman now have to compete with Mexicans & the low wages they are willing to work for, and those who decide to go to college face thousands of dollars in school loans when they graduate with no guarantee of a job when they graduate.

I cannot get behind the Millennial Hate I keep reading & hearing about.

Growing up in the 60s & 70s, all I can remember is how the older generation hated on us for being pot-smoking, do-nothing hippies. The country was doomed back then, since the older generation deemed us worthless. Funny thing now is that us worthless hippies and slackers are now paying to support these same people, changing their diapers, selecting their nursing homes. This is all just history repeating itself. 

The generation of millennials I interact with each day (including my own kids) are respectful, hard working, intelligent, & insightful. Those I work with actually work smarter than my generation did, since they understand technology & use it to their advantage. Yes, they want to start out of college making a decent buck (in the white collar world), but considering the proportionate cost of college & school loans now as compared to what is was in the 80s when I graduated college, I see it as understandable. 

Are there sluggish millennials who have no ambition, play video games all day, and feel the world owes them a living? Sure there are. But there were plenty of people like this when I was a young person also, both my age & older than me, I managed some of them. 

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1 hour ago, Stan Putz said:

We have it better in this country than in others, I agree. But it is harder to start out as a young person now that it was when I graduated high school...the factories & union jobs don't exist, skilled tradesman now have to compete with Mexicans & the low wages they are willing to work for, and those who decide to go to college face thousands of dollars in school loans when they graduate with no guarantee of a job when they graduate.

I cannot get behind the Millennial Hate I keep reading & hearing about.

Growing up in the 60s & 70s, all I can remember is how the older generation hated on us for being pot-smoking, do-nothing hippies. The country was doomed back then, since the older generation deemed us worthless. Funny thing now is that us worthless hippies and slackers are now paying to support these same people, changing their diapers, selecting their nursing homes. This is all just history repeating itself. 

The generation of millennials I interact with each day (including my own kids) are respectful, hard working, intelligent, & insightful. Those I work with actually work smarter than my generation did, since they understand technology & use it to their advantage. Yes, they want to start out of college making a decent buck (in the white collar world), but considering the proportionate cost of college & school loans now as compared to what is was in the 80s when I graduated college, I see it as understandable. 

Are there sluggish millennials who have no ambition, play video games all day, and feel the world owes them a living? Sure there are. But there were plenty of people like this when I was a young person also, both my age & older than me, I managed some of them. 

In my opinion there are good paying jobs available to every one the question is do they want to work to earn it..  being in retail for 15 years I've seen thousands of employees  come and go..  now every one wants every thing given to them the exact hours they want and top pay..  what happened to showing your worth..  I also dont agree with paying minimum wage to start there needs to be an incentive..

  As for trades my opinion is alot of young adults dont want to do the manual labor jobs any more,  auto mechanics pipe line workers etc,  as for college only somthing like 4 percent of jobs require a degree want to do well learn a trade start making money with little debt..  the jobs that require degrees have the highest competiton.

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1 hour ago, Stan Putz said:

The generation of millennials I interact with each day (including my own kids) are respectful, hard working, intelligent, & insightful.

Agreed except for the hard working and respectful part,they feel its ok to show up late for work and some of the excuses they use for a day off are hilarious. I wont even go there with their sensitivity issues:rofl: Most still live at home until their 30 and if they fail at job its no big deal they go home and live off their parents until they get another job or their parents get tired of supporting them and force them back to work. When we were young most of us were out of the house and paying rent at 18 and had to work hard to earn a living, we respected our bosses because we needed a job to pay our bills,there were no hand outs. I could go on but the world has changed and there's not much we can do about it...like they say change is good!

1 hour ago, Stan Putz said:

Are there sluggish millennials who have no ambition, play video games all day, and feel the world owes them a living? Sure there are. But there were plenty of people like this when I was a young person also, both my age & older than me, I managed some of them. 

I see them playing video games at work in other departments, try it mine I will turn you into cash:happywave:

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We have and still have people 

25 minutes ago, bucky said:

Agreed except for the hard working and respectful part,they feel its ok to show up late for work and some of the excuses they use for a day off are hilarious. I wont even go there with their sensitivity issues:rofl: Most still live at home until their 30 and if they fail at job its no big deal they go home and live off their parents until they get another job or their parents get tired of supporting them and force them back to work. When we were young most of us were out of the house and paying rent at 18 and had to work hard to earn a living, we respected our bosses because we needed a job to pay our bills,there were no hand outs. I could go on but the world has changed and there's not much we can do about it...like they say change is good!

There were people just like this when I was in management, back in my 20's, 35 years ago, many older than me. If anything, WE are the ones to blame for raising entitled children, if that is what you see around you (I don't).

Things are no different now, the people running this country just want us hating each other, if we stay divided they keep the status quo. Seems pretty obvious to me.

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9 minutes ago, Stan Putz said:

We have and still have people 

There were people just like this when I was in management, back in my 20's, 35 years ago, many older than me. If anything, WE are the ones to blame for raising entitled children, if that is what you see around you (I don't).

Things are no different now, the people running this country just want us hating each other, if we stay divided they keep the status quo. Seems pretty obvious to me.

Sorry I haven't bought into this and never will, just ask my children and guess what, they still love me the same. We have had at least 10 millennial's from college come in as job site coordinators over the years and within 6 months they want to run multi-million dollar jobs, they want to skip the learning process which takes years and in some cases a lifetime. They are all gone now because they couldn't be the big boss within 12 months, sorry boys but you have to learn before you earn:up:

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26 minutes ago, bucky said:

Sorry I haven't bought into this and never will, just ask my children and guess what, they still love me the same. We have had at least 10 millennial's from college come in as job site coordinators over the years and within 6 months they want to run multi-million dollar jobs, they want to skip the learning process which takes years and in some cases a lifetime. They are all gone now because they couldn't be the big boss within 12 months, sorry boys but you have to learn before you earn:up:

Let me see if I understand...a company hires someone ambitious with qualifications , probably promises them they will advance, and after 6 months they realize they are in a dead-end situation & quit. And you have hard feelings? What is wrong with a person leaving if the opportunity isn't there? I'm sure that is how most of us have handled a situation like that, I know it's been going on for as long as I have been in the workforce.

Sounds to me like there is more of a problem with the company & the hiring process, not so much with the applicants.:hmmmer:

 

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4 minutes ago, Stan Putz said:

Let me see if I understand...a company hires someone ambitious with qualifications , probably promises them they will advance, and after 6 months they realize they are in a dead-end situation & quit. And you have hard feelings? What is wrong with a person leaving if the opportunity isn't there? I'm sure that is how most of us have handled a situation like that, I know it's been going on for as long as I have been in the workforce.

I know exactly what he means..  heres an example.. I hire employees based on my business needs..  I also let what they can do for me dictate what they are paid to start..  for example candidate a is available for any hours and weekends..  canidateb is only available mon thru friday 7to 3..  I'm going to pay canidate a more based on that alone assuming experience is the same.  Now after hired canidate a changes availability to only 7to 3 3 days a week but b opens his b will get an increase but unfortunately a is still at the same because I csnt pay him less..  this is just a small example of what happens every day in retail..

  With advancement alot as he is saying want the instant promotion wich in most cases is not feasible and can be down right dangerous..  remember just because you have a paper saying you can do does not mean you can actually do

.case and point someone i know did not get a promotion in mechanics because the other guy had more experience as they say..  he had one more piece of paper cert than the other and has only been a mechanic for 5 years..  the other 40 so tell me who had the more experince

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Let me see if I understand...a company hires someone ambitious with qualifications , probably promises them they will advance, and after 6 months they realize they are in a dead-end situation & quit. And you have hard feelings? What is wrong with a person leaving if the opportunity isn't there? I'm sure that is how most of us have handled a situation like that, I know it's been going on for as long as I have been in the workforce.

So are you saying if they do not have the talent that's on their resumes and they are not ready to run a big project in 6 months, you should reward them with a promotion and raises because you made the promise at an interview? NO I worked with some of them on few projects and no they were not ready by any means, maybe with more time and job site experience...YES

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Just now, vdep217 said:

With advancement alot as he is saying want the instant promotion wich in most cases is not feasible and can be down right dangerous..  remember just because you have a paper saying you can do does not mean you can actually do

I agree with this 100%:up:You beat me to the punch, we were typing this at the same time, most resumes give me a good chuckle:rofl: 

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1 minute ago, bucky said:

So are you saying if they do not have the talent that's on their resumes and they are not ready to run a big project in 6 months, you should reward them with a promotion and raises because you made the promise at an interview? NO I worked with some of them on few projects and no they were not ready by any means, maybe with more time and job site experience...YES

No, I am saying it looks like your company should probably evaluate their whole hiring process if this is an ongoing problem. Definition of insanity...

Anyway, this is nothing new to me. Hating the younger generation because they don't think or act like you is nothing new, and if you want to get played, that's your decision to make. But these are our children and our future, whether you care to like it or not.

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I made adjustments to myself to tolerate the BS going on in business today, retirement is around the corner and I will not have a care in the world:up: It sounds like you have been drinking the Kool-Aid, I do know a lot of business owners that are plagued by the same issues, can't find people are willing to earn they way up the ladder. No instead we have the entitled, "its owed to me because I paid a school  that gave me a piece of paper that tells me so":shock: The future looks grim for business owners...I'm over and out on this one!

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