What has this world been coming to? That term has been used for ages upon ages by the elders of our generation, but even me, as a seventeen year-old, have seen the selfishness of my age and am highly disgraced by it.
You see uncouth behavior litter the corridors of our schools, sickening phrases infect the ears of everybody that lives in this society, and disrespect slap the faces of our elders. We, as the millennial generation, have shown that the end is near, we are the beginning of the end.
In the past five years I’ve noticed the insecurity and negativity of people spread in immense numbers towards other people, almost like an infectious, incurable disease. The vulnerable and the gullible fall into disrespectful behavior, and the sincerest of people are only the most stubborn and most observant of this plague. Even as a strong-willed, highly opinionated young woman, I fall victim to some of these faults to our generation. I admit, I can talk in a disrespectful way towards my peers at times, out of either carelessness or impatience, it’s a plague one can easily fall into.
In September of 2016, Hillary Clinton, respective Democratic nominee of the presidential election, said in an article in Teen Vogue we are a generation that’s “more diverse, open, and connected than ever”. Be that as it may, our diversity tends to make us think that we can discriminate anyone who is “different” from us.
As far as “connected” is concerned, the only thing us millennials seem to be connected to is our phones, messaging, social media, memes, cat videos, and, most importantly, ourselves. This desire to become socially pushed onto us through today’s media. Now, it seems that wearing tight clothes, looking like a Kardashian clone, consuming drugs, and trying to bed more girls than any of your friends is the way to earn your path to success in a social manner. We’ve reached a bad spot with who we are as a generation, where we are so obsessed and egocentric with our image that we have to be so infatuated with what people think about us. It may be that becoming successful is primarily led by a drive to act and look successful.
We should reflect as to how our parents, grandparents, and teachers behave and how they behaved in society when they were at our age. How we should take into perspective that their actions may seem unreasonable now, but are their attempt to make us better people in the future. If we don’t learn to internalize that our selfishness needs to be replaced with discipline and taking responsibility for our actions, this truly will be the beginning of an end.