Baby boomers are retiring, Generation X is resigning, and Millennials are reigning. In light of the recent demonstrations of various parties through marching, violence, and protesting, many are asking: what has happened to humanity.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines humanity as, “compassionate, sympathetic, or generous behavior or disposition:the quality or state of being humane.”
But millennials are claiming they are trying so save humanity. And so, with stark contrast between words and actions, some are evaluating millennial’s humanity.
Across the nation disagreement has turned into demeaning, damaging words and actions. At the University of California in Berkeley, a protest against a speaker turned for effective to violent. One of the many violent incidents at a protest involved a student wearing a suit being called a Nazi and beaten with a rod. The students at the protest claimed violence was the only way to get their message across.
Another incident occurred at New York University where protesters entered a seminar lighting things on fire and calling the people attending the seminar offensive names. Fights broke out and police arrested 11 people.
The students had the right to rally and protest but in their method of doing so, they violated the rights of others.
Many would attempt to condone and explain their actions by accepting the explanation “millennials will be millennials.”
Millennials are described as self centered, entitled, and unduly confident.
Are millennials too self-absorbed to empathize with those who disagree with them?
Are millennials too entitled and feel they own the world and therefore can get away with anything?
Seeing the millennial generation, Pope John Paul II said,
“From now on it is only through a conscious choice and through a deliberate policy that humanity can survive.”
A conscious choice and a deliberate policy.
The older generation thinks at some point, millennials are going to have to trade in self centered attention for compassion, entitlement for generosity, and undo confidence for sympathy.