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Millennials -- The "Entitled" (or "GenMe") Generation

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It's interesting how a Millennial can shamelessly and brazenly walk into a job interview with a fully exposed Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or whatever other nonsense social medias sites carrying photo libraries of every stupid, embarrassing and knucklehead moment of their teen (and twenties) lives. Do they really think anyone cares about what flavored latte they just purchased at Starbucks, their underwear selection du jour decision making process, or tweeting what "rad" article they may in real time be reading on the can (i.e. "crapper" in GenMe-ese)"...paleeeassse, or...? See "knucklehead" "narcissist" above. And if anyone does, I have one recommendation to that person (and unfortunately probably "many persons") -- For God's sake, GET A LIFE! Go out and try to do something constructive with your time, like make an effort to fail at something, and learn.

And too they have no clue that maybe, just maybe, the "adults" interviewing them, may not find their picture posting "walls" so "cute and funny". Rather, providing just cause for the interviewer saying "next", or with bit more texture "We're done", and thinking the poor kid's parents have been MIA his/her whole life.

As they say what goes around comes around also comes home to roost here. As the Millennials now begin to move into the real world of no parent/teacher "smiley faces" from their employers, where failure and success march in lockstep together, and jobs and pay increases not just handed over (because they're "entitled" to them), maybe they will soon find that for the first time in their short lived history, they will be unlike any generation before in another twisting wake-up call kind of way. That is, they are not going to enmasse live better and have a higher standard of living than their parents, and ironically their kids will be brought up in an environment of tight money and resources and be more like their kids' Boomer grandparents childhoods.

Call this a bit of venting on what has emerged as "generational civil war" between Boomers and Millennials. But let's face annoying generation that could care less...about anything or anyone...but themselves...Glory glory hallelujah.

Try this. Ask a Millennial "Does the world owe you something?". You'll be amazed. They will look at you as if you have 3 (maybe 4) eyes for such a "dumbass" question and after a brief "hmm and a hah", say "well yeah". And when asked why, you get the most deep and intuitively insightful thought provoking "well because".

I think they're signature view of the world and those around them is:

" be as selfish as humanly possible"

For things to change, they unfortunately need that rude wakeup call. And that will come as they now move into the working world when Mommy, Daddy, Teacher and Little League Coach are neither patting them on the head for failing performance nor 24/7 telling them how unique, special, wonderful, blah blah blah, they are every waking minute . The magic moment being when it suddenly hits them like a bolt of lightning that while Mommy and Daddy think they're "special", the rest of the world DOESN' all. To many of these, this will be a shock and awe epiphany moment, a painful but very therapeutic one.

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Oh and before I forget, in answer to the Millennial cell phone interrupted job interview noted above, the "bolt of lightning" answer I give to the casually returning Millennial interviewee's..."oh, now where were we?" is "here's some AWESOME news...we're done...don't let the door hit you in the ass...later DUDE/TTE...much".

On their ridiculously "slanged and slunged" generational lingo too, can you imagine JFK's Presidential inauguration speech if he'd done it in Millennial-ese. Might go something like this:

"Ask not what your country can like for sure do for you...ask what you can awesomely actually do for your country dude".

...or perhaps if a Millennial gave the same speech:

"Ask not my country what I can like do for anyone"but like honestly, what are all you sick dudes (and dudettes"...or is it dudesses?) out there gonna' do for me?".

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Perhaps, that stunning "un-happy face" moment might jar them to that much needed epiphany moment of realizing that being a leech has its downside and perhaps collaborative symbiosis is a better way to survive and thrive in our society. But then again, many parasites these days have evolved to be immune to everything trying to counter them, and so remain the gift that keeps taking"and taking...and taking. I'm not too optimistic.

Oh and a final "heads-up" thought to Boomers. While your parents took care of theirs in their later years and Boomers feel an obligation to do the same for theirs, the Millennials not so much...they don't embrace the same. So you better be minding those nickels and dimes and saving real good and do your own serious due diligence in picking out a "safe" nursing home because no one will be looking out for you, but your soon to be before you know it, decrepit old self. Boomers will be the first generation in their 80's and 90's abandoned by their kids and flying solo.

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