“Back in MY day we had to walk to school uphill both ways in a snowstorm in 145 degree heat wearing plastic bags on our feet and we LIKED it!”
I’m sorry you had a struggle in your early years, and I am happy for you that you managed to work yourself into a better situation. But this is an attitude that is not limited to Gen Xers or Boomers or any group criticizing the younger generation. It seems to go something like “I had a shitty time, so why should they have it any easier?”
What everyone misses about the Millenials is that they actually expect what their guidance counselors and professors and families tell them: “Work hard, get a degree, you’ll get a good job and get ahead.” Which is complete and utter bullshit. Once you graduate, you find out that you’ve been sold a bill of goods, and your “good job” is creating spreadsheets for a faceless multinational corporation that has screwing its employees as a core competency. We have all faced this, we’ve all lied to our children about their prospects, we’ve all been totally shocked when they call us on our bullshit. We’re so emotionally invested in the lies that we deny the reality that is staring us in the face: Millenials face enormous student loan debt, an economy that is still largely shit because of what the Boomers did to it, impossibly expensive housing, and “jobs” that they can lose in a heartbeat if they wear the wrong color shirt. The difference is that the Millenials have the balls to call all that what it is: a stack of lies that everyone they respected sold them. It’s been so long since any generation did that that it looks like “whining” and “entitlement”. These people have mortgaged their future based on a cycle of lies that each generation perpetuates. The truth is that the rich are getting richer, the poor keep getting poorer, and a student that graduates at the top of their college class is more likely to end up in the latter than the former situation.