That’s a lot of assumptions about what I was or wasn’t taught, haha. You may be surprised to discover that I am the poster child for the ideals you talk of. I am a homeschooled history buff who hails from a long line of hard workers (farmers and fishermen). We traveled a lot when I was growing up because my parents thought it was important for us to see the world. My dad eventually left the farm to be a pastor and I grew up in a family where church and family were most important. I started working when I was 13 as a dishwasher in a bakery because I wanted to work. While studying for my MBA, I lived with a 95 year old WWII plane mechanic named Wayne- we hung out most nights and I could repeat his many stories verbatim. I have a great love and respect for the men who fought for our country and the women who fought to keep families alive back here at home.
What I find interesting is that you connect this patriotism to capitalism. I believe you may have it confused — It is capitalism that teaches the individual is worth more than the nation. Socialism/communism remove individual value and thought, pitting an entire nation against a common enemy for the “good” of the nation. For my part, I was taught that integrity and respect for others where paramount to me being a good citizen — but that doing what’s right came before blind obedience to anyone or any nation.
But I digress. We were talking about millennials. I think you’ve met some very rude children and it makes me sad that you’ve stereotyped us all because of perceived ‘lack of values’. Statistically, millennials spend more time with their families than any other generation — if you’re going to have to give up time with the people you love, it better be worth it!
We also need to know the “why” of traditions and aren’t willing to blindly follow in the feet of our parents if the data is saying it’s a trap! (I personally am married and take that as a forever commitment, but I am not surprised how few millennials get married when they see the mess that divorce causes economically and the high percent of said divorce among their parents.) We all know the workaholic parents from the 90’s and we don’t want to be trapped in that same consumerism. There is a resurgence of minimalism among millenials as we learn to value people/experiences over things.
And as for values — as a business woman I am glad that I do not live in the 30’s were I would have been relegated to teach or be a secretary (because of gender) with no option to work flexible hours or from home. I am glad that my culture sees my intrinsic human value and that my generation has found/is finding a way to work hard but honor the things that matter most in life.
I’ve met my fair share of rude, lazy and manipulative baby boomers — but it would be a discredit to my respect for others if I was to stereotype all boomers by those ones. I would challenge you to rethink the bias you have against today’s 22–40 year olds and you might find some of us you actually like. :) :)
(Btw, the ‘greatest generation’ parented the ‘silent generation’ whose emotional incapacity had kids leaving home as soon as they possibly could and joining the free love/rock n roll movement which started the denigration of values as you see it today. Every generation has their stereotypical pros and cons, it’s just in vogue to bash on us millenials ;) )