Saturday, January 7, 2017

Who Are the Snowflakes?

I have very little patience with my fellow Baby Boomers ranting about "Snowflake Millenials."

It is true that we reached adulthood without the benefit of seat belts and bicycle helmets. We played with toy guns and ate candy cigarettes. We told jokes loaded with ethic slurs and ate breakfast cereals loaded with sugar. We learned math without calculators.

So what? It didn't make us tough. We were the original snowflakes.

It was the generation before us that lived through the Great Depression and fought World War II. We simply enjoyed unprecedented prosperity. We were able to get decent jobs without going to college, and we could go to college without mortgaging our futures.

The generations that preceded the Baby Boomers were justified in thinking that all subsequent generations were soft and spoiled. We aren't. As a generation, we had things so much easier than the ones that came before that we have little basis to think ourselves any tougher than the ones that have come after.

1 comment:

  1. I think we're indeed justified. We don't have to have suffered as badly as those before us to recognize that millenials are pushing the envelope to outrageous proportions with regard to what constitutes and actual victim. I don't know too many of my generation who compare with the current one in terms of sensitivity to the most innocuous comment or expression. It's not so much a matter of thinking ourselves to be any "tougher", but only that millenials are just incredibly petulant whiners.