Petition to ban old men from writing books just because they don’t know how to use an iPhone
Petition to have the youth in this country to actually educate themselves instead of spitting out some bullshit they read on some shitty post on facebook that’s untrue, and continues to spread like wildfire.
In 2012, young adults have set the record of completing both high school and college and are on course to become the most educated generation in America history. Maybe you should follow the example of ‘the youth in this country’ and do the same.
i had a customer come in to my store for training a couple of weeks ago. i facilitate workshops on technology that are free and open to the public, and my students usually consist of the older set (50 years+) who are more apprehensive about tech. this customer was in her late 40s and had been in the hospital for twenty five years — she broke her neck in a car accident and has had more surgeries than she could count. thanks to the hard work of her medical teams, she has recently been able to living her life again.
she’d been in the hospital and practically unable to move for so long that she had never seen any of our very popular products except for briefly in the hands of the hospital staff. she asked a nurse about it once and she was told that our stuff was the best, so she came in to learn about it. she got to my class about an hour early, and so i cleared up some time away from the sales floor to see if i could help her out with anything until the class started. she had a huge smile and just said, “teach me everything!”
well, it was hard to teach her everything in only an hour, but i did as much as i could without overloading her brain. she took notes, she asked questions, and she kept complimenting me and my teaching style. at the end of the hour, just a few minutes before my class was scheduled to begin, she took both of my hands in hers and told me that she truly appreciated and honored me. this is not something i hear often. she saw my quizzical look and said, “no, seriously. i cannot thank you enough for being so patient and kind with me. you do not make me feel ashamed or intimidated for what i do not know, and i think you and your generation are the most wonderful thing that could have ever happened.” i asked her what she meant by that, because that is not a sentiment that we often hear from an older generation.
she elaborated — “most of my nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists, and teachers have been younger than me. your generation is full of people who are so absolutely dedicated to making the world and the people in it better. you are all so accepting and progressive minded. i remember what it was like when i was young, and it was nothing like this.”
i felt really touched. this is the first time i had ever heard someone older say something about my generation that wasn’t negative. i told her that, and the fact that most older folks tend to generalize us as lazy, narcissistic slobs. she shook her head, and smiled because she still wasn’t used to the feeling.
"because a lot of younger people aren’t moving out immediately makes them lazy? no way. my generation couldn’t wait to leave. your generation is holding together the ties of family and keeping them together, and because getting the education that you need is bank-breaking expensive. you aren’t narcissistic because you realize how much of a wonderful influence you have on others and love yourself for it. you aren’t a slob because my generation ruined the economy and is blaming you for it."
so, long story short, i don’t think that we are america’s dumbest generation. we might make some questionable choices, but look at our generational predecessors. they’ve all made similar (if not worse) choices. as little as it seems we’ve come sometimes, we’ve got miles on those who would condemn us because they don’t have enough courage to ask questions rather than blindly accuse.
Seriously happy that someone from the older generations realizes and knows the truth of our generation.