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A few words from a Gen Xer to Gen Y

Here’s my tip for 2013’s crop of high school graduates, most of whom marched to “Pomp and Circumstance” last weekend: Don’t believe the hype.

Case in point: Joel Stein’s incisive, at times amusing portrayal of the so-called millennial generation in Time magazine recently. The young whippersnappers born between 1980 and 2000, which are now referred to as millennials and include this year’s grads, were originally called Generation Y. Today’s 13-year-olds are the last of the millennials, to be succeeded by the who-knows-what generation. Gen Z, maybe?

According to Stein, millennials are so self-absorbed that they make Greek mythology’s Narcissus look like a shrinking violet. “Here’s the cold, hard data,” Stein wrote in “Millennials: The Me, Me, Me Generation” in the May 20 issue. “The incidence of narcissistic personality disorder is nearly three times as high for people in their 20s as for the generation that’s now 65 or older. Fifty-eight percent more college students scored higher on a narcissism scale in 2009 than in 1982.”

Stein, who was born in 1971 and is thus a member of my generation, Generation X, began his column-like piece by bemoaning millennials. “I am about to do what old people have done throughout history: call those younger than me lazy, entitled, selfish and shallow,” he wrote. “But I have studies! I have statistics! I have quotes from respected academics!

“Not only do millennials lack the kind of empathy that allows them to feel concern for others,” Stein opined, “but they also have trouble even intellectually understanding others’ points of view. What they understand is how to turn themselves into brands.”


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Actually Barack Obama has never held a real job in his life. His wife Michelle was the big shot as she was head of Legal Dept for a large hospital.

Part of problem is even poor people are far richer and have it easier than somewhat well off people of days gone by.

My "rich uncle" back in the 1960s had a cheesy split in the burbs, mowed his own lawn and had a 19 inch color TV with a whopping few channels and in the window airconditioner and he drove a 1969 Chevy Impala and his wife a 1967 Dodge.

Rest of us folk had a few kids, lived in apartments with no AC in Queens or Bronx etc, had one black and white tv with rabbit ears and no car.

Today my "rich" uncle would be laughed at. Kids dont know how to jump a car, change a tire, do minor home repairs, properly interact with adults, even know how to answer a phone and go to car washed, have their nails done, maids, lawnservice etc. And this is blue collar kids. New cars leased and Disney vacations. Even "jobs" they have are cushy.

I had a series of jobs in college, janitor, house painter, drove a bull dozer and worse one disposing hazmat stuff by redbagging them. Tons of dead cancer ridden cats, rats, rabbits, mice etc. Demeaning, hard dangerous jobs that made me appreciate school.

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