The ME Generation
It's all about ME
I want-I need-I deserve-but i don't want to earn it for myself!
Generation Me is the 18 to 20 something group that is self consumed with everything that has something to do with them.
Generation ME - I want, I need, I deserve, but…I would rather not earn it, just give it to me.
With past generations working hard for their money, their children work hard to suck them dry? Why? How did this happen? Is it the internet, with sights that are all about the users-Facebook-Myspace-Twitter-and I hate to say it, but to a certain extent, Hub Pages? Reality Shows like John & Kate plus 8 (now minus the John), Wife Swap and America’s got Talent give the ME Generation the stepping stone for the Average Joe to become the center of controversy, which is what is wanted.
The ME Generation wants riches, they want fame, but have no real desire to work for it. Many of these individuals look down upon curriculums at universities. Giving excuses such as, I don’t need school-I already know what I need to know or College is just like high school, I graduated high school, why do I want to go back? On the same token, they also feel like they are too good to work ‘mediocre’ jobs, such as a Wal-mart cashier, or Retail at the mall. These spoiled selfish concepts, are why there are so many 20 something’s year olds on Welfare and receive government assistance, because now with the economy in recession, people with higher education are struggling to find employment, and they want to work and make their own money, and are willing to take so called ‘mediocre’ employment opportunities to be able to provide for their families. So what happens to the ME Generation , they turn to Mommy and Daddy, they blame the government- employment industries, school systems and say, “It isn’t me, it's everyone else holding me down.” Never once have I heard from a 20 something year old that they realize that you must earn what you want-and I need to do something so I can make my dreams of success come true.
Generation Me is about instant gratification. They think in the moment. What I want now, if they can’t get this instant gratification, then they don’t even bother. Compared to 10 years ago, technology has made its mark with providing everyone with the means to obtain instant gratification,causing an entire generation to lack patience. To do a book report, or research an assignment, I recall using the library. In school we were taught how to use the Dewy Decimal System, to find books filled with information we wanted to know. The wooden tower filled with hundreds of thousands of index cards with author’s names, book titles and reference categories printed on them-giving you the directions of where to go to locate the book you are looking for. Once you found the book-you had to options, learn how to navigate through its pages using the glossary and index, or skim through it by turning pages. The library was filled with students and scholars, reading, writing notes with #2 pencils in spiral notebooks. Now-lazy students can buy the paper off the internet if they so desire. If they choose to write the book themselves, they can find all the information that they need online.
What will happen to our country, to our planet when the ME Generation is in charge? I am frightened to find out. With the attitudes that they are all that matters and even if they did make an effort to improve themselves or the world-they are just one person and it would go without notice and not make a difference anyway, and with that-they drink hundreds of sodas and beer, but recycle none. They smoke a pack of cigarettes in an area filled with children; leave the cigarette butts scattered on the ground, and the fowl odor of tobacco smoke in the air for the children to inhale. They do this because they feel as if they have a right to do it. They do this because they have seen a million persons before do the same thing, so they feel that if they did take a stand for what is correct, it doesn’t really matter, because no one else does.
The ME Generation needs a ME Realization that the world does not revolve around them. That the world will not wipe their noses when they are sick, or clean their butts when they have an accident. If you are 20 to 25 years old… You don’t know everything (although you think that you do), if you are 20-25 years old, the world owes you nothing, if you want something, earn it, go out and do something to obtain it, don’t sit and wait for it to be served to you on a silver platter. Stop complaining about life. Stop saying that things are too hard, too boring or beneath you. Everyone in existence has been faced with hard situations, and doubted themselves and their abilities, but they take a deep breathe and whether they succeed or fail-they try, because that is what life is about, the PURSUIT to achieve greatness. Everyone in existence has been bored to tears at some point in time, get over it. Some of those boring times and boring lessons are to prepare you for excitement, but you have to experience the unappealing drum of someone else’s voice to get to that excitement. Everyone in existence has had to do something that they felt they were better than. You do things that you are better or bigger than to prove that you deserve more. Its life…every step is a stepping stone to where you will end up…Instant Success is far and few between. Although you may never be filthy rich or famous, that is okay, most people are not.
The biggest problem with the ME Generation isn’t that they are spoiled, or looking for the easy way out of everything. It is that they have based happiness on what they are seeking, which is fame and fortune. When reality shows its face-it leaves Generation Me , depressed. Why hasn’t it been stressed to these kids/now adults, that happiness and money do not necessarily go hand in hand. Sure; money pays your bills, buys you nice things, which can (not does) eliminate certain stresses. Money doesn’t make you better-the more money you have, just means that you have more money…PERIOD. I’ve known people that are desolate, and as happy as can be. These are the people that are surrounded by friends and family that support one another, with or without money. I’ve known people that have riches, and they have told me wealth isn’t the money-it’s who you surround yourself with and who you are within, you can’t take the money with you when you go. What people should ask themselves is who am I? What makes me important? Do you strive to accomplish anything in life that you want? If no, will you allow your children to sit on their butts to earn their allowance, or will you make them do chores and maintain passing grades? Generation Me, needs to be better, for when they have a chance to provide someone who deserves better, with better. If you take the steps towards success, rather than it being placed in your lap, you may be more prepared to handle it, and appreciate what you have accomplished if you should ever get there.
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