The general consensus is that we always feel the younger generation has it easier growing up than we had it. “Back in my day…” Is how we begin the discussion as they begin to tune us out. It was the same for us when we were their age. Where were the baby boomers and who led that generation? And didn’t we call someone Generation X? Did we contribute anything, or do we rest on the creation of the Internet as our founding achievement?
These days everything is different and the generation gap between us and our kids can be measured in light years. The world is much more different and yet somehow closer. But can we honestly say we have left a much better world for our children to inherit? Sadly, this could be the first generation to legitimately reply, “No Sir, You have no idea what it takes to survive in this world we live in.”
Being quite honest, the general opinion is that the generation that is currently graduating college will be the one to either save the world or inherit its demise. Frankly, many of the best and brightest aren’t bothering to graduate. Taking their cues from Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, they are hitting the ground running with a unified motto that if you haven’t founded your first start-up before graduation you are sorely behind.
The kids cannot even be called kids anymore, not really. They have a full understanding of technology and the world we were barely aware of at their age. In their wealth of knowledge are the names of places we only heard on the news or in the newspapers. Many of these so-called kids have friends in these regions of the world and converse regularly on Twitter and Facebook. Our aged political leaders tell them who to fear, yet these kids shake their heads and reply, “No, we will not fear.”
Being quite honest, I do not fully understand the world around me as well as my own kids. I cannot even say my grasp of the geopolitical spectrum rivals that of the present generation of bright young minds. I’m still somewhat of a believer in the nightly news. That was good enough for my day. The world is a scary place and there is much to fear. But when I see teens casually mulling over the state of the world and really caring about the future, I somehow still feel I’m in good hands.