NASHVILLE– Generational warfare is nothing new. Each generation paradoxically believes itself to be smarter than the one before and wiser than the one that follows.
That being said, I see many parents and grandparents constantly damning the directions taken and views espoused by America’s millennial generation. For all our faults, we millennials are not entirely to blame. Those who raised us are to blame.
The previous two generations are responsible for the highest divorce rates known to human civilization since marriage became institutionalized, and the highest debt our nation has ever been enslaved to. Yet, you have the audacity to look at the millennial generation and damn us for being dazed and confused? It’s a little concept called parenting. You were supposed to show us the way, but somewhere along the journey we were left in a hot car of a Wal-Mart parking lot for a few hours to bake.
We are the byproduct of your sometimes sinful and irresponsible lifestyles. You readily take to the opinion columns to scorn millennials for their financial ignorance and lack of moral fortitude. However, the very culture and economic environment millennials must wallow and suffocate in, which was created by politicians you elected and worshiped as false idols, is the antithesis of what you demand of us today. Your condemnation of millennials is hypocrisy and you should be ashamed. We are not your scapegoat.
It is up to millennials to pull themselves up from their bootstraps and repair what our parents and grandparents broke. It is up to millennials to pay back an $18 Trillion debt that you are responsible for. It is up to us to repair a culture devoid of values created by our parents and grandparents. Because we no longer are, due to your carelessness, it is up to millennials to make America great again. Because our lives depends on it, it is up to millennials to be the next “greatest generation”. And we will.
For all your faults, you loved us with all your heart, and we know your intentions were well placed. At the dawn of the digital age, the world evolved and a global market emerged. Raising a new generation of children during this extreme transition was bound to create some problems. That being said, I have faith in my generation. You should as well. While the innate egotistical narcissism dripping from the collective millennial generation simply will not allow us to fail, regardless, don’t give up on us. Although imperfect, we still need your love and guidance. After all, you created the next “greatest generation”. You just don’t know it yet.
Michael Lotfi is a Persian-American political analyst and adviser living in Nashville, Tennessee and is a graduate of Belmont University.