Top 4 Undeniable Reasons You Need A Millennial In Your Life

Top 4 Undeniable Reasons You Need A Millennial In Your Life

They aren't so bad after all!

It's 2017, and there's a lot of terrible stuff going on in our country right now. It's mostly been caused by all the old people who are stuck in the 70's and are terrified of gays and iPhones, so they decide to blame it all on the newest generation reaching adulthood. Bad economy? Innovating technology? Loss of jobs? Trump? Political correctness? Equality? It's all the millennials' fault. Of course none of that is true, but everyone above the age of 40 seems to think so.

So why in tarnation do we need these kids if they are the culprit for all the terrible things in our country and society? Well, I'm here to tell you. Here's 4 reasons why you need a millennial in your life.

4. When your grandpa says something racist at Thanksgiving.

We've all got one. The holidays roll around and your old man says he saw one of those "San-Francisco funny guys" kiss his boyfriend at the bar, or says we need to kick all the Mexican's out, or calls all Islamic people terrorists or, worst of all, drops a N-bomb. This is all terrible, and no one's Grandpa (or Grandma) needs to be saying this stuff. When they were growing up, this was probably just common talk, but it's 2017 and we don't say that anymore Gramps.

So when you're watching football on Turkey Day with the family and the camera zooms in on a few players taking a knee during the National Anthem, before Grandpa opens your mouth, have your millennial ready. They'll probably say something like "well Grandpa, they're just exercising their rights. That's what the flag's all about!" Grandpa is going to vehemently disagree, because he can't imagine why a black man is angry about his people being gunned down in the streets, or why a man wants to marry another man even though their love is no different than his. His life is perfectly fine, so when blacks complain about lack of equality, he doesn't understand and tells them they should be thankful for what this country has done for them. He thinks gay marriage infringes on his straight marriage. None of this logic makes any sense what-so-ever, and most millennials understand that. But for the old aging white folks out there, they just don't get it, and they sadly never will .

3. When you think being "PC" as a bunch of malarkey.

Aunt Susie takes a break from being brainwashed by Fox News to catch the new steamy episode of the Bachelor. Problem is, it's Wednesday night, not Thursday when the Bachelor airs. When Aunt Susie realizes this she exclaims "well that's gay." Uncle Bob says "hey Susie, that's not what gay means and you're using it in a derogatory way." Aunt Susie replies, "Oh shut up Bob. Stop trying to be so politically correct, you snowflake."

Ding ding ding, looks like Uncle Bob needs a millennial. Also looks like Aunt Susie has been watching too many Tomi Lahren videos on Facebook. When people complain about political correctness it's because the know what they're saying is wrong, but they don't want to admit it because they are terrible people and don't care about anyone else but their self. If every time something dumb happened we identified the situation as an "Aunt Susie," Aunt Susie might start to get offended. But because Aunt Susie isn't gay or probably has no connection to someone who is gay, she lacks any empathy or understanding for them.

Is calling the lack of Bachelor Wednesday night "gay" really the hill you want to die on, Aunt Susie? Is calling transgender people by their preferred name, or saying Native Americans over Indians, or understanding why a confederate flag is offensive, really that bad? Why is it so hard to listen to other people and identify them by what they want to be called? Being anti-PC isn't being American, frankly it's just being an ignorant piece of crap. Susie knows calling something dumb "gay" is offensive, but she doesn't care and keeps doing it to purposely be antagonistic because "PC" people are snowflakes, they're weak and feeble in her mind. Millennials are politically correct because they simply don't want to be rude and have genuine respect for other people. They aren't weak, they're actually stronger for not being so petty and shaming people who have empathy for others. Does political correctness go too far sometimes? Yes. But lots of examples out there are just simple little things that it wouldn't kill Aunt Susie to recognize.

2. When you're afraid of the impending digital future.

The future is digital. Cars will be driving themselves, drones will be delivering food and packages, and phones are going to be slim pieces of glass that control every aspect of your life. Just looking at technology now compared to 10 years ago, the staggering advances in innovation and efficiency are astronomical. We have solar panel roofs, electric cars, reusable rockets, high speed transit boring tunnels, and everything in between. This should all be incredibly exciting. If you find this incredibly terrifying, you need a millennial.

Millennials are embracing the digital future and to their benefit. Older generations that are reluctant to accept that technology is innovating and advancing are going to be left behind, but they're still going to want to reap the benefits. Advancing tech means better medicine, better energy conservation, and a better world. But it also means the jobs and traditions of the yesteryear are going to perish. Coal mining, farming, grocery stores, manufacturing, they're not going to last much longer. Machines can do it better, faster, and cheaper. Older generations just can't quite grasp this. They'd much rather hold onto the past while our future suffers. Our society isn't forward thinking anymore, that is until these young educated millennials get into a position where we can turn this country back into a force of innovation. It's time to accept our digital future.

1. When you don't know how to have compassion and empathy for another human being.

If you ever find yourself caring more about your right to a gun over the life of a few hundred people, or making decisions for women on what they can and can't do with their bodies without even asking them what they want, or refusing to understand why the confederacy shouldn't be celebrated, or having no real compassion or empathy for another human being, than you need a millennial.

This is the basic systemic issue behind many of the problems in this country. *Most* millennials understand how to put themselves in someone else's shoes and see an issue from their eyes. They care more about numbers in a bank account and bucks in their wallet. They understand equality and aren't selfish. We've grown up in a world where we've seen the mistakes of those who are intolerant and only care about benefiting themselves, so we're actively trying to flip the script. We work to bring together, instead of tear apart. We help the person next to us no matter their financial status, religion, sexuality, race, etc., not to benefit us, but because it's the right thing. That's the biggest gap between the older and younger generations. Doing the right thing. It might not be the most beneficial thing to us, but it's the right thing. Having empathy and compassion for another human being. You would think they were traits every human being understood, but unfortunately in 2017, they aren't.

if any of these situations apply to you, you may not need an actual millennial in your life, you might just need to be a better person. If you think you can't do that, I'm sure there's a few youngsters out there that will try to help.

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I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.


I will get right to the point: being a conservative on a liberal college campus in 2019 downright terrifying.

At my university, I'm sure about 90% of the population, both students and faculty, are liberals. They are very outspoken, never afraid to express their views, opinions, and feelings in several ways. There are pride events for the LGBT community, a huge celebration for MLK day, and tons of events for feminists.

Then there's the minority: the conservatives. The realists. The "racists," "bigots," and "the heartless." I am everything the liberals absolutely despise.

I like Donald Trump because he puts America first and is actually getting things done. He wants to make our country a better place.

I want a wall to keep illegals out because I want my loved ones and me to be safe from any possible danger. As for those who are genuinely coming here for a better life, JUST FILL OUT THE PAPERWORK INSTEAD OF SNEAKING AROUND.

I'm pro-life; killing an infant at nine months is inhumane to me (and yet liberals say it's inhumane to keep illegals out…but let's not get into that right now).

I hate feminism. Why? Because modern feminism isn't even feminism. Slandering the male species and wanting to take down the patriarchy is just ridiculous.

I hate the media. I don't trust anyone in it. I think they are all biased, pathological liars. They purposely make our president look like the devil himself, leaving out anything good he does.

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

I mostly keep my opinions to myself out of fear. When I end up getting one of my "twisted" and "uneducated" thoughts slip out, I cringe, waiting for the slap in the face.

Don't get me wrong; not everyone at my university is hostile to those who think differently than they do.

I've shared my opinions with some liberal students and professors before, and there was no bloodshed. Sure, we may not see eye to eye, but that's okay. That just means we can understand each other a little better.

Even though the handful of students and faculty I've talked to were able to swallow my opinions, I'm still overwhelmed by the thousands of other people on campus who may not be as kind and attentive. But you can't please everybody. That's just life.

Your school is supposed to be a safe environment where you can be yourself. Just because I think differently than the vast majority of my peers doesn't mean I deserve to be a target for ridicule. No one conservative does. Scratch that, NO ONE DOES.

I don't think I'll ever feel safe.

Not just on campus, but anywhere. This world is a cruel place. All I can do is stand firm in my beliefs and try to tolerate and listen to the clashing opinions of others. What else can I do?

All I can say is... listen. Be nice. Be respectful of other's opinions, even if you strongly disagree. Besides, we all do have one thing in common: the desire for a better country.

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Dear Young Voices Of America, Stand Up, Speak Up, And Do Something

Our time is now.


Dear young voices of America, I think we can both agree that we are sick of being told we are America's future while simultaneously being told our opinions don't matter. Now I personally do not listen to the people that tell me I'm better seen than heard; however, I know there are people that are a little timider when it comes to raising their voices. I am here to encourage you to be loud and speak up on topics that matter to you. There is no better time than the present to make your voice heard. Whether you are advocating for change in your school or the government, your opinion matters and is relevant.

We are the future of our country. How are we supposed to evoke change and reform if we can't have our voices heard? I call bullshit and I think it's time to take action. Even if you're the first or only person to advocate for your cause, be that person. Don't be afraid of anyone that tries to stand in your way. The only person that can stop you from speaking up for yourself and your cause is you. No matter how many nos you have to hear to get a yes or how many doors you have to knock on to get someone to open up, never give up. Never give up on your cause, never give up on yourself or the people you're representing, just don't do it. There is someone out there that supports you. Maybe they're just too shy to raise their voice too. Be encouraging and be supportive and get people to take a stand with you.

It is never too early or too late to start thinking about your future or to take action. But don't hesitate to say something. The sooner you start speaking up, the sooner you have people joining you and helping you, and the sooner you start to see and experience change. So get up, make that sign, write that letter, make that phone call, take part in that march, give that speech. Do whatever you feel fit to get your point across. Shout it from the rooftops, write it on your profile, send it in a letter, ignore everyone that tries to tell you to give up. Maybe they don't understand now, maybe they don't want to listen, maybe they're afraid to listen, but the more you talk about it and help them understand what exactly you are trying to get across, they will join you.

Even when it feels like you have nobody on your side but yourself, I am on your side. I will cheer you on, I will march with you hand in hand, I will write letters and make phone calls and help you find your voice. My life changed when I found my voice and yours will too.

So dear young voices of America, the time is now. Your time is now. Don't be afraid of the obstacles that you may have to face. Someone is out there waiting for you, waiting to grab your hand and march on with you. As Tarana Burke once said "Get up. Stand up. Speak up. Do something."

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