The generation gap has just proved itself, immensely
If there’s anything that hit me really hard in the US elections, it’s the age diversification of polls. Watching the USA map turning redder as the age of voters kept increasing, left me pretty amazed.
The US presidential elections were widely compared to the Brexit referendum. And there’s no wonder why. The map of the Great Britain was turning blue with voters’ age increasing. Circumstance? I don’t think so.
It always looks like an older generation is somehow trying to steal the bright possible future from the generation coming. I completely get it — it’s a syndrome much worse than a comfort zone. It’s more like a grumpy older man watching the news on his new 3D curved LED television while scrolling down his Facebook profile on his smartphone saying “This is all bullshit. There’s no need for change. Good old 70s”.
Let’s not get carried away by the fact that living at your 50s today, being born in 1960s… yea, the world hasn’t changed one bit!
But what hits me pretty hard is the fright I get when I think about myself 23 years from now when I am 50. What if I want the same thing and believe that the world actually hasn’t changed a bit and should stay the way it is in 2039?
What if at a certain point in your life you automatically become unaware of changes happening around because you’re simply not capable of “getting” them?
It’s obvious the majority of the American people of our generation didn’t vote for Trump to be the next president. It is obvious that most of the British people of our age didn’t vote for Brexit. Even in my country, the God forbidden land of the Czech republic, the most of the people of my age didn’t want our scumbag president to become a president. However, it all happened.
We’re raised in a belief that we have the power in our hands. We are the next generation, the future. We are responsible for the world because we’re in our twenties/thirties now and we won’t, most likely, ever be brighter, smarter, more active, and vital. And yet, we often get to be called inexperienced and “too young to know” when we actually want to make a decision. It may be a decision about our own lives or about the future of our country.
It feels like there always is someone who watches over us, praising us. But when it comes to exercising our own rights on deciding our future, the previous generation “knows better”. And they always make sure they get to be heard.
However, one thing is obvious. One day we all will end up in the same position. We will be responsible for the world our children and grandchildren will have to live major part of their lives in. The demographic may change. However, when it comes to Europe, the population is getting older and older. With that said, it’s clear it will be getting more and more conservative with every year to pass.
We are responsible for the actions that cause the world our grandchildren will raise their children. We’ll be in the position of our parents and grandparents who don’t want the world to change because they’re used to how it goes.
And right there, at that point, we should all remember all these jaw-dropping moments in our twenties and thirties when we could barely believe that this would ever happen in the 21st century.
When we felt like the people who raised us turned against us because it was more comfortable for them.
The generations before us managed to close the gender gap (more or less), the wage gap (less than more). The western world has already been very close to the point of closing the gaps between religions, colour, sexual orientation. If we manage to keep these gaps closed, and I believe there’s still a fierce fight ahead, maybe it’s time for our generation to start closing the generation gap.
It might be one of the most challenging but it’s just about another, higher level of understanding. And if there’s anything the world needs now, it’s understanding.