3 Things Millennials Can Learn From The Greatest Generation

3 Things Millennials Can Learn From The Greatest Generation

For anyone who was told that they are a special snowflake...

is goes out to anyone who received a participation trophy for existing in little league baseball. This article is for all of my fellow millennials who were told “it’s not about if you win or lose, it’s about the way you play the game.”

For those of us who were brainwashed into thinking that everyone is a winner, you need to know the truth, and some of you have already experienced this in the real world. The cold hard fact is that you are not any of those things that all of your well-to-do teachers, authority figures and instructors said. Reality will chew you up and spit you out with that mindset and it doesn’t give a damn what anyone said would happen. As long as you have that mindset, that is. Let me explain…

Our generation is the butt of many jokes; some justified, others not so much. We have done and will do some amazing things in our lives, but we have some fundamental flaws in our upbringing that will keep us from our full capabilities.

Let me be clear, this is not entirely our fault. In fact, our parents and their generation were the ones who taught and raised us. For the grievances they have with the generation of their children, they should look no further than themselves as the cause.

That being said, we still buy into the detrimental propaganda prescribed to American youth across the nation. We’re old enough now to determine right from wrong and what are values and ethos that create successful people. My friends, it’s time to drop the ‘special snowflake’ routine and adopt the attitudes of the “Greatest Generation" principles of rugged individualism and hard work. The idea that nobody really cares about you, the demographic and social groups you fit under, or your background outside of family and close friends. Here’s what we can learn from the generation of our grandparents.

1. Patriotism and Devotion to Country

World War II: The country called, and its people answered. The cause was noble and millions of men enlisted in the armed forces to fight in Europe and the Pacific theaters of war. The understood entirely the risks and sacrifices that would be made, but they made them freely because they understood that they are but a small piece of what builds a nation and a legacy. They recognized that their feelings and personal endeavors were secondary to the needs of the many. On the contrast, millennials would never consider serving in the armed forces during a time of need against ISIS or other terrorist organizations that threaten American security.

2. You are what you earn

You prove your worth through hard work and the results you get from it. You don’t get ahead in life for trying hard and not winning. Life doesn’t give our “you tried your best” ribbons. Some of our grandparents went to university, but didn’t feel any pressure to. They weren’t afraid of trade work and manual labor the way that many of us are. They had to get good at something, because if they didn’t, they’d be out in the streets, the way too many were during the Great Depression. They knew how to live uncomfortably and reap the benefits from it later.

3. You are not entitled to anything in this world

Nobody owes you a thing. You don’t deserve to be treated this way or that, you don’t deserve free stuff from the government, you are not entitled to anything but the general respect of your fellow man, and the love of your God and family. “Muh feelings…”

While the Greatest Generation was not perfect by any means, it seems like they were miles ahead of us in many aspects. It’s not too late for us. We can correct each other day to day. Don’t play the victim, don’t demand anything from anyone, be a decent man or woman to everyone you meet. Build the very best future you can for yourself and your future family. Don’t be a dick.

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.

I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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8 Types Of People Fetuses Grow Into That 'Pro-Lifers' Don't Give 2.5 Shits About

It is easy to fight for the life of someone who isn't born, and then forget that you wanted them to be alive when you decide to hate their existence.


For those in support of the #AbortionBans happening all over the United States, please remember that the unborn will not always be a fetus — he or she may grow up to be just another person whose existence you don't support.

The fetus may grow up to be transgender — they may wear clothes you deem "not for them" and identify in a way you don't agree with, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them a mentally unstable perv for trying to use the bathroom.

The fetus may grow up to be gay — they may find happiness and love in the arms of someone of the same gender, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them "vile" and shield your children's eyes when they kiss their partner.

The fetus may grow up and go to school — to get shot by someone carrying a gun they should have never been able to acquire, and their life will mean nothing to you when your right to bear arms is on the line.

The fetus may be black — they may wear baggy pants and "look like a thug", and their life will mean nothing to you when you defend the police officer who had no reason to shoot.

The fetus may grow up to be a criminal — he might live on death row for a heinous crime, and his life will mean nothing to you when you fight for the use of lethal injection to end it.

The fetus may end up poor — living off of a minimum wage job and food stamps to survive, and their life will mean nothing to you when they ask for assistance and you call them a "freeloader" and refuse.

The fetus may end up addicted to drugs — an experimentation gone wrong that has led to a lifetime of getting high and their life will mean nothing to you when you see a report that they OD'd and you make a fuss about the availability of Narcan.

The fetus may one day need an abortion — from trauma or simply not being ready, and her life will mean nothing to you as you wave "murderer" and "God hates you" signs as she walks into the office for the procedure.

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Do not tell me that you are pro-life when all of the above people could lose their lives in any way OUTSIDE of abortion and you wouldn't give 2.5 shits.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is gay or trans, you will berate them for who they are or not support them for who they love.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is poor or addicted, you will refuse the help they desperately need or consider their death a betterment of society.

You fight for the baby to be born, but when the used-to-be-classroom-of-fetuses is shot, you care more about your access to firearms than their lives.

It is easy to pretend you care about someone before they are even born, and easy to forget their birth was something you fought for when they are anything other than what you consider an ideal person.

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