If anyone wants to know what happened to Millennials and how they became a lost generation, George Carlin spoke of this in the late '90s and right before he died in 2008 and as someone who was born in the mid '80s, grew up in the '90s and early 2000's and has been an adult for the last 15 years, I can say that he was 100% right, exaggerations aside.
The G. Michael Hopf quote Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times perfectly sums it up. The greatest generation grew up during the Great Depression and World War II. After the war, their hard work and sacrifices over the years led to economic prosperity. There were hard times that created strong men and those strong men created good times. The Baby Boomers were born during the good times. They never knew of the world their parents had to grow up in and never appreciated the sacrifices that were made. Since parents typically had more children back then, a lot of people from both Generation X and the Millennials had the same parents. The values from the Boomers passed on to those generations and we gradually became softer and weaker as a society over time. We also ended up electing softer and weaker politicians as well. So the good times created weak men and now the weak men are starting to create the hard times, though I would argue that we're not there yet. Even the Great Recession could not hold a candle to the Great Depression. During the Great Recession, people were buying shiny new cell phones every year whereas during the Great Depression, people were looking for food to eat. Let that sink in...
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