7 Harsh Realities Of Life Millennials Need To Understand

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by The Libertarian Republic, via The Burning Platform blog,

Millennials.

They may not yet be the present, but they’re certainly the future. These young, uninitiated minds will someday soon become our politicians, doctors, scientists, chefs, television producers, fashion designers, manufacturers, and, one would hope, the new proponents of liberty. But are they ready for it?

Time after time, particularly on college campuses, millennials have proven to be little more than entitled, spoiled, anti-intellectual brats who place far too much emphasis on feelings and nowhere near enough emphasis on critical thinking. To the millennial, words are cause for the creation of safe spaces, alternative ideas must be stifled, and anything they perceive to be a microaggression is enough to send them spiraling into a state of mental distress.

It’s time millennials understood these 7 harsh realities of life so we don’t end up with a generation of gutless adult babies running the show.

1. Your Feelings Are Largely Irrelevant

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Seriously, nobody who has already graduated college cares about your feelings. That means that when you complain to your boss because your co-worker mis-gendered you, he’s probably not going to bend over backwards to bandage your wounds. Given feelings are entirely subjective in nature, it’s completely unreasonable to demand everyone tip-toe around you to prevent yours from being hurt. The reality is that people will offend you and hurt your feelings, and they won’t stop to mop up your tears because they shouldn’t have to. Learning to accept criticism, alternative viewpoints, and even outright insults will make you happier in the long run than routinely playing the victim card.

 

2. You Cannot Be Whatever You Want To Be

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This is a comforting lie parents have started telling their children to boost their morale in school. Unfortunately, millennials are now convinced it’s true, especially as society has now decided to push this narrative as well. The reality is if you’re 17 years old and still can’t figure out basic division, you’re not going to be a rocket scientist. If you’re overweight and unattractive, you’re not going to be the quarterback’s prom date. If you lack fine motor skills, you’re not going to be a heart surgeon. It’s okay to accept that you cannot be whatever you want to be. In fact, once you accept this, you’ll be able to focus on the things you can be — the things you really are talented at.

3. Gender Studies Is A Waste Of Money

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You heard me. While some millennials taking useless degrees will claim they’re beneficial for teaching or research positions, the reality is that they just put themselves several thousands dollars in debt to learn how to be a professional victim. While you’re struggling to make ends meet after graduation because nobody who pays more than minimum wage is interested in your qualifications and you’re drowning in student loan debt, be sure to check out the next harsh reality before you start complaining.

4. If You Live In America, You’re Already In The 1%

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That’s right. Even though you work at McDonald’s for minimum wage because you got a useless, outrageously expensive college degree, you’re still far better off than the vast majority of the planet. Don’t believe me? Fly to Uganda and check out the living conditions there. Fly to China, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Iran, Russia, and even European countries like Ukraine and Greece, and you’ll quickly discover just how well-off you really are. While it may be cool these days to dump on capitalism, it’s the only reason you aren’t already worse off.

5. You Don’t Have A Right To It Just Because You Exist

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That includes healthcare, guaranteed income, and somewhere to live. Just because you’re here and breathing doesn’t mean society owes you anything. Like the billions of people who lived before you, working hard is a better guarantor of wealth and the ability to comfortably take care of yourself than begging society or the government to do it for you. Demanding healthcare be a right, for example, is equivalent to demanding government force the taxpayer to pay for it. While that may seem like a good idea in theory, it only leads to rationing of care when costs become unsustainable, which negatively impacts not just your health, but everyone else’s, too.

6. You DO Have The Right To Live As You Please But Not To Demand People Accept It

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By contrast, you do have the right to live however you please, so long as it’s within the confines of the law. If you want to cross-dress, smoke marijuana, drink lots of alcohol, have lots of sex, and, yes, even go to school for gender studies, then by all means, go for it. Government should not be allowed to legislate people’s behavior as long as it doesn’t infringe upon someone else’s rights, but that doesn’t mean society isn’t allowed to have an opinion. You don’t have the right to demand people keep their opinions about your lifestyle to themselves, especially if you’re open and public about it. I have as much of a right to comment on the way you live your life as you do to actually live it. Your feelings are not a protected right, but my speech is.

7. The Only Safe Space Is Your Home

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No matter where you go in life, someone will be there to offend you. Maybe it’s a joke you overheard on vacation, a spat at the office, or a difference of opinion with someone in line at the grocery store. Inevitably, someone will offend you and your values. If you cannot handle that without losing control of your emotions and reverting back to your “safe space” away from the harmful words of others, then you’re best to just stay put at home. Remember, though: if people in the outside world scare you, people on the internet will downright terrify you. It’s probably best to just accept these harsh realities of life and go out into the world prepared to confront them wherever they may be waiting.

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Gold Dog's picture

If I don't get a safe space I'm starting a riot!!!

Ray Donovan's picture

All those protesting need to pack it up and move to Syria and see how they like it. I'm sure there are plenty of safe spaces......

steelrules's picture

These people are damaged, the part of their brain that allows them to bawl over an election has malfunctioned, no perspective, they cry over Hillary's loss while there are children in oncology wards, entire families are being wiped out in bombings, people on American street go hungry with no place to sleep. There is a collective insanity, whether it's cause is by fluoride in the water, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, contaminated food or just programming in the school system I don't know. But I do know this much, colleges are filled with these people who need safe spaces where they can huddle and spoon each other, reinforcing each others insanity. God help them if there's another financial crash like the 30's, or a true disaster of some kind where there may be no food or comfort of any kind.

RealityJunkie's picture

Remember: Trump and the Republicans set the standard on Respect for the Office of President of the United States. 

Payback's a b-tch, eh?

Still, Obama never did anything to restrict the Free Speech rights of his many critics.  He never sought retribution.  And, he received far more death threats than any other President in U.S. history.

We'll see if there's a double standard after Inauguration...

Joe Snow's picture

Get your facts straight, Snowflake. It was the Democrats who first started disrespecting the office of the President when George W got elected. 

Jdhank's picture

Obama used the IRS to go after & punish those with opposing political views.

He used the DoJ to suppress the FBI's investigation of illegal activities (HRC,etc) of his supporters. Yet he is responsible for sending Dinesh DeSouza(sp) to prison for exceeding the allowable donation to a candidate who was his college friend.

He prohibited the US Border Patrol from protecting our borders and encouraged massive illegal immigration as well as mass dumping of unvetted, foreign, unskilled Muslims into our country w/o concern for the safety of the citizenry.

He issued illegal executive orders, bypassing the US Congress, to force unwanted policies upon us.

He created scores of government "Czars" to bypass the normal congressional oversight process for hiring executives.

I'd say Obama was the most lawless POTUS we've ever had!  Good riddance.

 

mckee's picture

You may want to re-evaluate the first 7 letters of your username.

WarPony's picture

There's been a "dumb ray" striking the planet hard for about the last six months, I believe.  Now, I'm not sure if it's HAARP, or just liberals in general and Houston especially, but it is certainly happening as I find myself exclaiming "really" much more often everywhere I drive and/or watch the national news.  People have really lost their freaking minds.  (And I have driven everywhere in this Nation over decades.  It's scary!  So, an extra YAY for Trump (maybe they will leave?)).

Scrubbing Bubblez's picture

Jump, you special snowflake bastards!

James Bowery's picture

Any civil society that wants to remain stable does owe its young men something for the simple reason that in the absence of gang formation, a young male of any sexual species has an individual natural right to individual combat with other males for reproductive resources.  As soon as civil society forms, ie: a gang, that protects "property rights" with group force, it really is an unfair fight for an individual male.  You don't like it?  You don't like reality.

That the left has taken this individual vs group reality and conflated it with identity groupings demanding "rights" for everyone is the problem.

As for "safe spaces", the same principle applies:

As soon as gangs form to protect property rights, ie: governments, the fact that a young man has abrogated his natural right to single combat means that the collective territory of the jurisdiction has an obligation to defend that territory from encroachment of individual males outside that collective.  If you don't like collectives, cut out the bullshit and accept the right of a young man to demand "satisfaction" in single combat to the death on nature's terms.

http://sortocracy.org/the-state-of-nature/ 

Joe Cortez's picture

response to Tyler Durden on ZeroHedge

Things I disagree with:
1. Your Feelings Are Largely Irrelevant
What if my co-worker calls me a wetback and tells me to "Go back to Mexico?" I'm supposed to just take it and let it "build my character?"

2. You Cannot Be Whatever You Want To Be
I can actually agree with this. Not all of us can be the president. For that, you need to be a foul-mouthed, womanizing outrageous racist. No, but seriously. Not all of us can be lawyers and doctors. There need to be people working blue-collar jobs.

3. Gender Studies Is A Waste Of Money
I think I can agree with this. Unless you're going to be a college professor on the subject (It seems colleges that offer this are few and far between nowadays...), this is useless. Don't get this degree and then complain the best you can do is a worker at Wal-mart.

4. If You Live In America, You’re Already In The 1%
Not sure I believe in this ignorant, grass-is-greener Pollyanna rhetoric. People shouldn't stop striving for something better because "Hey, other people have it worse."

5. You Don’t Have A Right To It Just Because You Exist
Actually, if you pay taxes, then you do have the right to say how it should be spent, and have a right to complain when it's being spent to benefit rich, wealthy corporations who subscribe more than they pay themselves. If you pay your taxes, you have the right to tell the government we shouldn't be waging needless wars and spending billions on the military, bailing out bad businesses with bad business practices to the tune of 800 billion. No one is "begging society or demanding the government to do it for us." Taxpayers are entitled to tell our government what we want. It's as simple as that. If we don't have that right, abolish taxes then. It's perfectly doable and sustainable, and this is successful on the count of it's working fine in other countries.

6. You DO Have The Right To Live As You Please — But Not To Demand People Accept It

This one seems tricky...

"By contrast, you do have the right to live however you please, so long as it’s within the confines of the law. If you want to cross-dress, smoke marijuana, drink lots of alcohol, have lots of sex, and, yes, even go to school for gender studies, then, by all means, go for it. The government should not be allowed to legislate people’s behavior as long as it doesn’t infringe upon someone else’s rights..."

And it should stop right there. But it goes on:

"...but that doesn’t mean society isn’t allowed to have an opinion. You don’t have the right to demand people keep their opinions about your lifestyle to themselves, especially if you’re open and public about it. I have as much of a right to comment on the way you live your life as you do to actually live it. Your feelings are not a protected right, but my speech is."

This seems self-contradictory. If you are telling others how they are supposed to live their lives, according to *your* "opinions," then this is by definition, infringing on other people's rights. If you can tell others how to live their lives, because it is your "opinion," then by the same token, you are opening yourself to that same criticism.

On the one hand, #1 seems to say "Your feelings don't matter," but #6 seems to say "But mine do, so shut up and take it."

Sounds like a double-standard...

7. The Only Safe Space Is Your Home
Again, more self-serving double-standard.

The author seems to be saying "Your feelings don't count, so there's no point in saying them, but you should be ready for people like me to tell you what *we* feel." "Freedom of speech" seems to work in only one way, and that is the direction of the writer. Only he has the authority to tell you to go home. You, on the other hand, need to have the good sense to do as the writer says.

"I get to voice my opinion and discontent, but if you do, then you're a crybaby and you should stay home."

Um, yeah. Sorry, I sort of agree with some of the points in this article. Otherwise, the guy seems self-serving and self-contradictory. If we have the right to "freedom of speech," then people who feel offended do have the right to make their voice heard. Things like racism, sexism, and deliberate hate should not be tolerated anywhere, and people need to have the good sense to call it out when it presents itself.