I've reached my first full year as an "adult." I've graduated college, moved myself to a city, and attempted to find answers to life's most pressing challenges. As I look back on my first year in "the real world", a few noticeable themes come to mind.
History will be written, and instead of arguing amongst each other about what side of history we stand on, it is better to stand for making sure future generations only have to expand progress instead of inheriting current issues as they are.
There's been much discussion recently of helicopter parents and concerns that they're stifling the ability of young people to weather disappointment. We fear this generation lacks resilience, the ability to rebound from even the smallest crisis.
If only young people in this country knew and cared half as much about politics as they do fantasy football, we'd be twice the democracy that we are today. In a true democracy, we'd demand more qualified candidates. We'd demand more substantive debates. We'd demand a political process that works for all of the people
It doesn't mean that I am a Republican. It doesn't mean that I am pro-life, anti-LGBTQ rights, or pro-guns. It also doesn't mean that I am a Democrat. It doesn't necessarily mean that I am pro-immigration reform or pro-socialized medicine. Evangelical has absolutely nothing to do with political affiliation or social agendas.
Take a step back and this intergenerational warfare, fought across the trenches of technology-swayed narcissism and entitlement, arguably resembles a more fundamental and timeless sort of conflict -- the pitting of emergent youth against traditionalist elders.
What is a generation? What does it show about the people in it? Are there different generations for each country? These questions arise when the phrase "Baby Boomer," "Generation X," "Generation Y," or others are mentioned.
Recently, while shopping for Instagram props with some of the smart, cool twenty-somethings I work with, I suddenly had a moment where I felt "out of touch" with them.
Failure or even not being wildly successful at an endeavor, well it is a feeling I am as comfortable in as an Angora sweater in the middle of summer. I failed recently and let's be honest: I am very, VERY itchy.
For older individuals, work is associated with better health, increased financial security and a stronger sense of purpose. For employers and society, research confirms that older workers bring wisdom, experience and emotional balance to improve work environments and performance.
For me, as a rabbi and millennial, the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate's promulgation evokes an odd mixture of upset and profound gratitude.
Turns out the most indebted generation to date is the least equipped to manage their debt. Like we didn't know that already.
Millennials have a bad reputation. The media tells us they are entitled, spoiled and in constant need of approval. But I agree with James Wolcott who wrote; "We may need millennials to remind us what we should have remembered from the '60s, that social change comes only once you stop playing charades."
Snapchat is strange but in an interesting way. It doesn't work like anything else I've seen out there. Sometimes, given my experience building my startup, I am at a loss as to how something like this could take off so quickly and be worth $19 billion. It's fascinating to me.
There are lessons to be learned when you feel like your life has become one giant road trip with a dead GPS, no cell service and only a bottle of flat Diet Coke in your cupholder to give you strength.
When it comes to actually including Gen Y in any meaningful political discourse, both parties fail with flying colors.