The Me Generation

The “Me” Generation

      The concept that history repeats itself is well weathered, to say the least. Over the past few centuries there have been phenomenal scientific discoveries, horrific wars, artistic and civil rights movements, pervasive plagues, and thousands of other events in history not worth mentioning. It was in these recent centuries that possibly some of the darkest sides of humanity have shown themselves, manifested in genocides, allowing corrupt individuals power, and an unquenchable consumerist thirst.
      One theme that has shown itself throughout former times is that after a time of negativity and woe, a grassroots movement begins and pushes back against the previous misdoings. Perhaps that’s where the real beauty in humanity lies, in the ability for the people to create new, positive cultural changes to counteract previous detrimental ones. Each time as a whole we sway too far towards becoming dark and destructive society, powerful orators find their voices and, sometimes by song, and guide us towards a kinder light.
      As our society has progressed through the digital era, technology has made our lives easier and more convenient. We are able to find information in a matter of seconds, the world-wide-web sits in our pocket, and people halfway across the world now are only a few quick finger movements away. This has, for the most part, made our society a better place. However for the children who have grown up with it their whole lives, or better known as Generation Y, has it changed us for better or worse?
Generation Y, also known as the Millennial Generation, references those born after approximately 1980. Often referred to as the Me Generation, our notable traits and values are those of a competitive, reward-driven, and self-absorbed society, unfortunately enough. UCLA conducted surveys that showed a 30% increase in students since 1966 that said being wealthy was extremely important to them, at 75%. Another survey showed a drop in...