Generations of Adaptability
George Orwell once said, “Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wise than the one that comes after it”.
Silent Generation. Baby Boomer. Generation X. Millennial. Generation Z. Each age group comes from their respective generation. The incumbent group that has come of age are millennials, which group, according to sources, includes individuals born in the early 1980’s – mid 1990’s. According to a 2020 report from the Pew Research Center, “as millennials reach a new stage of life- the oldest among them will turn 39 this year- a clearer picture of how members of this generation are establishing their own families is coming into view.” Millennials are entering the second act of adulthood: getting married, owning a home, having a child, and securing career vs. a job. Havin grown up in the first two decades of the 2000’s, their outlook on life has been shaped by the following: terrorism, economic recession, global warfare, and student debt.
It is fair to say Millennials are the new “middle child” when it comes to matters of the generational family. Previous research and articles argued that Generation X was largely seen as the forgotten generation, or middle child being at the epicenter of two book-end generations: Baby Boomers and Millennials.
As the COVID-19 Coronavirus and the incumbent stage of the Black Lives Matter movement have made itself at home at the dawn of a new decade, Generation Z is the new hitter up to bat and men and women born in the 2000’s are now coming of age. Millennials are not the only generation group to have existed through human crises.
What will future scholars see when they study what is going on right now? What will be the new philosophy of life? How will it be defined? Will it be the same or will it be different? These are the questions the former and latter generation will begin to answer. For so long, the meaning of life has been so long defined by getting a money-making career, getting married, having children, and having a big house.
But the current state of the world right now has presented a new viewpoint.
The stock market, the housing market, and more, are going through an interesting state right now. What was previously seen as both the cost of living and the way of living will no longer be the status quo. The responsibility of defining these ideas rests on the shoulders of Millennials and Generation Z.
Considering the fact that adapting to an unprecedented way of life has been the very world they were born into, one can’t deny they wouldn’t be up for the challenge.