A Case for Younger Generations

Written by: Alex Cain

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Younger generations are always getting a bad rap. From our obsession with social media to our weird and often dark sense of humor, we’re misunderstood from the outside looking in. Words thrown around include lazy, entitled, and self-absorbed. But, most recently, it hasn’t been our interests that have been attacked: it’s our politics. In the wake of school shootings and lack of response from elected officials, many students across the nation took a stand and raised their voices. Naturally, the older generations told them to quiet down.

 

There’s this misconception that younger generations are misinformed and lack the knowledge or experience to form their own opinions. However, as biased as I may be as a young adult, I find this to be extremely wrong. Growing up in the age of technology, social media, and constant exposure to information, many students have learned how to decipher what they read and figure out what is truthful and what is not. I’ve been taught in classes how to do this, a skill I feel older generations missed out on due to the lack of technology in their times. In the age of “fake news” and deeming something dishonest merely because it goes against your opinion, it’s important to note the self biases we all have. Just because you don’t agree with something doesn’t make it any less truthful.

 

Taking that one step further, many older generations think young adults shouldn’t be so politically-charged and shouldn’t have a voice in these matters. But, my question for them would be: what are you so afraid of? These “kids,” as older generations often call them, are finally getting involved and participating in politics, a challenge our nation has faced in the past. Getting young people to the polls once they are able to vote has always been difficult. But now, when an event so tragic and horrific occurs, they are told to be quiet and let the adults handle things, even when they were the ones who experienced it and have to live with its trauma and everlasting scar. To me, this simply doesn’t seem right.

 

There have always been divides between generations, stemming from the differences in times, values, and perceptions. Despite your views, you can’t deny the fact that politics pervades every aspect of American life at this point. Most things are inherently political, and to say kids can’t be involved is just ridiculous. If older generations see kids as threats, maybe they should re-examine some of their views. We should all be striving toward a more perfect America, right? But when it comes to issues that are so intertwined with our own humanity, it’s hard to see how campaign money can outweigh a human life.    

 

I think this has been an awakening for people of all ages. No matter how old you are, everyone has the right to speak on issues they deem important. As the nation sees more young people getting involved, elected officials need to be more responsive to their constituents, as well as future constituents. When the time comes, age will be just a number and those kids will be adults, voting adults. The kids are the future, right?