Saturday, March 15, 2014

Millennial Paradoxes

Suzanne Fields ponders this generation described as "confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change," and rightly finds that "as soon as the words capture the imagination, contradictions and paradoxes emerge" — Millennials Playing the Confidence Game.

Their "sense of responsibility and generosity toward an aging parent who may want to come live with them," their desire "to marry and have children" and "rank[ing] such aspirations far above achievement in a career" are wonderful developments, and contradict the fact that "[a]lmost half of the millennial women have children out of wedlock." Their desire for "an active big government" is contradicted by the fact that "they don't much like Obamacare."

While the fact that "millennials are on track to become the most educated (or most 'schooled') generation in American history" says little, that "they're the only group that takes no pride in the 'work ethic'" is, in this blogger's opinion, a good thing.

"A majority says the older generations are superior to them in both moral values and work discipline," but this Gen Xer finds this young crop, at least the ones I have the pleasure of working with, delightfully sweet. They give me hope.

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