There was a really bad article in the LA Times written by a baby boomer that is honest to god titled Millennials, you literally cannot call yourself adults until you take this pledge. It is terrible, the bland comedy is terrible, and it is another drop in the bucket of Baby Boomers shouting down Millennials for trying to navigate in a fucked up economy with rapidly changing technology. Of course, the older generation shouting down the younger for not doing things exactly as the older generation did, but then there are articles like this that seem to touch a nerve in a bad way.
So in response to that, here is my own Millennial Pledge written by an actual, honest-to-god Millenial:
- I won’t be shamed for living with family. Living with family is a form of financial responsibility, especially when that BA that your parents and grandparents promised would land you a “good job” right out the gate turns up a job barely (if that, and if you can find one) above minimum wage and you have student loans to pay.
- I am an adult, with adult fears and adult responsibilities that I am handling the best that I am able.
- I am entitled to basic human rights such as a livable wage, healthcare, and education.
- I will not laugh at comedians who are not funny, doubly so if they think “political correctness” is why people don’t think they’re funny.
- I can laugh and cry at the same time.
- I will not shame people for preferring text or social media over talking on the phone.
- I will not assume that an inability to find a job means an inability to find a job that pays $100k.
- I will not shut up on issues that need addressing, even if certain privileged classes try to sweep it under the rug.
- I am worth something.
Hopefully this helps against the ocean of bullshit we’re all wading through. If all these “millennials are awful” think pieces get you down, just think of Skinner: