We, the anxious Millennials, are derided for being delusional, self-centered, and medicated. We, however, see this as an adequate avenue of tolerating the world being left to us.
I’ve heard a lot of people, mostly Boomers, asking the question, “Why is everyone in your generation on some kind of medication?” seemingly aghast in disbelief that so many of us are on anti-anxiety or antidepressants.
Never mind the fact that we have an increasingly open society within which we can discuss our mental health leading to the people who need help being able to access it. Never mind the fact that we are more technically able to detect the warning signs of severely-impacting depression or anxiety early as our knowledge and vocabulary about it increases. Never mind even the fact that, yes, maybe, there are certain demographics that might be over-medicated for certain things.
I want these people to consider the world that we have grown up in and are inheriting. Yes, we are highly educated and have access to an incredible wealth of information the likes the world has never seen. That also opens up avenues for misinformation as well as new avenues for bullying and harassment.
Back in the old days, when someone wanted to bully you, they beat you up, maybe called around your house, maybe spread rumors about you in school. That’s bad enough. Now, people spread photos or videos of you – photoshopped or in a compromising position – to your entire community or social network in minutes. On top of that, maybe strangers get a hold of it. Or you get “doxxed,” where people post your personal information – address, social security, phone number, email, etc. – online for any and all to see and use. Not to mention the horrible revenge porn racket. This is a world where every step we take is documented by ourselves and others and that maybe has had adverse effects.
Also on The Big Smoke
- R U OK: That beautiful day that muffles the monster within
- Facebook’s ineffectual response to humiliation and revenge
- TBS Next Gen: We cannot lose this race – Why climate change matters
- TBS Boomers: Dude, where’s my country?
We have grown up in a world where the old ways of doing things are being constantly questioned and discarded and changed. Fossil fuels are running out. People with the ability to change the course of our world towards either destruction or salvation are making greedy choices and there’s little we can do but vote. The sheer amount of pollution caused by any given industry is so shocking that it numbs you. Eat meat? Killing the planet. Use plastic? Killing the planet. Have a car? Killing the planet. Take a shower that’s too long? Killing the planet.
Education and housing costs have skyrocketed while wages have either stagnated or decreased. People are starting life with so much debt that they may die without ever being able to pay it off. And these are people who might have Masters Degrees or PhDs.
There is a constant news cycle of international war and destruction while the local news is filled with corruption, civil rights abuses, or screaming bigots.
You want to know why we’ve all grown up anxious? Look at this bastard world you’ve left for us to deal with. It’s not that we’re a bunch of snowflakes who can’t handle the real world – it’s that you’ve created a world where every night and day we’re told, “The world is doomed and you’re the generation that will either fix it or be humanity’s last” while at the same time you tell us how useless and how lazy we are and how we don’t want to work. We want to work, but no one will give us a job! We aren’t precious or delicate, we just refused bullying as a workplace environment.
Education and housing costs have skyrocketed while wages have either stagnated or decreased. People are starting life with so much debt they may die without ever being able to pay it off. And these are people who might have Masters Degrees or PhDs.
We still live in a world where gay people can’t get married, where trans people are mocked, ridiculed, harassed, and murdered because they dare to ask to be called by their preferred name and pronoun. This does not for a relaxed generation make.
But you can make things easier by pulling your heads out of your asses and admitting that climate change is a problem and will kill us all in the next few decades. The planet is going to die – we are. You can let every human being have their civil liberties. Marriage existed before whatever religion you follow, so let people get married. If they’re both (or all, because polygamy and polyamory exist) consenting adults, then what do you care?
You can stop making decisions that are solely based on money, even though I know you won’t. You can plant a seed knowing you won’t sit in the shade of that tree. Let the damn refugees in. You’d rather keep out 10,000 innocent people because one of them might be a terrorist? What is wrong with you? You should reverse that thinking. Besides, we already have terrorists here. They scream at Muslims and Jews and LGBTQ people on the street. They are men and women who commit domestic violence, either mental, physical, or emotional, every day. They are the men who kill women at such an alarming rate in this country that it would be considered an emergency epidemic if it were a disease.
You want to make us less anxious? Start there.