Character-building is the foundation of any great career and we must sometimes endure tough challenges to earn the stripes that will lead us to advancement. At the risk of sounding a bit soap-boxy, I feel that it should not fall totally upon older generations to embrace and cater to the whims of younger generations.
Having cash on you, I was taught, was protection against the unknown. It was your 'just in case' armor. No one ever said what 'just in case' could possibly be, and like all good imaginations run amok, my 'just in case' mental reel was filled with blood and guts and my body being dumped in the woods on the outside of town.