I encountered an interesting video on Facebook today which already has nearly 50,000,000 views. It talks about millennials in the workplace and makes some interesting points about the impacts of parenting and technology on the most recent generation.
A phrase he repeats several times is that “It’s not their fault”, referring to the millennials poor social skills, addiction to cell phones and social media and sense of entitlement. He blames bad parenting, addictive technology and several other environmental factors. The context is a corporate workplace, and he ultimately argues that if corporate America wants to “fix” the millennial problem, they have to introduce the discipline and reality that these young people didn’t get prior to working there. He doesn’t specifically explain how this might happen, and one can imagine how uncomfortable it would be to enforce some of his suggestions, like “no cell phones in meetings”.
When I extend this to patriotism, I can’t help but wonder what the impact will be. He argues that this generation wants “purpose”. He uses the analogy of a mountain and they see the summit as “purpose” without any concept of traversing the path to the top. If we live in an America full of citizens who have lost their individual sense of purpose, who lack a fixed external sense of morals and standards, who desire to live with “purpose” yet cannot articulate what that means, I can’t help but wonder what is left to bind them to a constitution that required so much compromise and social skill to establish. How can a generation who lacks patience maintain a constitution that calls for balance of power, cooperation and a long view that extends over decades?
Picture a constitutional convention full of millennials busy texting, tweeting, taking selfies for Instagram and checking their Facebook feed during John Adams’ critical arguments. If we couldn’t establish the constitution today, how can we hope to maintain it?
With the latest presidential election in full swing, I decided to jump in again and make my voice heard. In this election I have some additional perspective since I share the same religious cultural background as Mitt Romney, the republican candidate.
Today is memorial day here in the United States of America. The purpose of the holiday is to remember those who have died, and perhaps most especially to remember the fallen soldier that gave his life to protect our way of life. Our soldiers come from every walk of life, but they all give the same sacrifice or pay the same price.
In our self indulgent society, so far from the damage and carnage of war, it can be easy to lose track of those distant sacrifices. Today has the potential to become just another holiday. Just another chance to go boating, or have a barbecue or go shopping at the mall. After all, the old folks that are still alive will go to the trouble to put flowers on my great grandpa’s grave.
Thinking that the older generation will carry the moral and mental burden of remembering the past is a dangerous first step by the current generation toward repeating the past. The self indulgent and godless attitudes of nobility in days gone brought war and death.
Is there any reason we should we expect that an attitude of indifference and scorn from our elected representatives toward those they represent will bring anything other than mistrust and eventual measures to reign in their self indulgent practices?
The current leadership deficit and the long lines in the shopping mall are producing an ominous din of discontent here in America. Debt is out primary tool and liberal ideals are the justification. The God of this land taught the important of owning land and established capitalism as a means to teach men to work for their daily bread.
Today, I remember the many lives that my freedom cost. I also know that the only way to protect and ensure that freedom is to remember the God of this land and what he has asked us to do. I remember that the purpose of freedom is to ensure that men can worship how where and what they want.
Today I shun the tools of debt and fear and ease that scheming people would use to enslave America to an ideal that shouldn’t be and really can’t be sustained. Wake up America! Wake up and shake off your debt. Shake off your selfishness. Return to family and responsibility.
If we do, it won’t be long before our God remembers us and blesses us again with happy fruitful families. God bless America.
I just read an article on the NY Post website that drives me nuts. Some girl took out $70,000.00 in student loans but when she graduated she couldn’t find a job. Instead of taking whatever she could find, she decided to sue the college for $70k complaining that they didn’t do enough to find her a job. Here’s the original article.
One thing that is encouraging is that the majority of the comments are ridiculing her for being opportunistic, generally lacking a good work ethic and pointing out that none of our founding documents talks about the “right to a job”. One comment pointed out the irony that she’s looking for a job in IT, but due to this frivolous lawsuit she’s getting a ton of exposure on the internet. Why would any company want to hire her now?
We need to get past all this entitlement if we want to recover from the current recession. Get out and work whatever you can find. If you really are worth the money you want to make, people will take notice and you’ll find the progression from one position to another happens quite naturally.