Millennials have had to gruesome wars? Really? Let's see, there was the cakewalk known as Gulf War I and then the Iraq/Afghanistan invasion. Neither were gruesome. Boomers endured the Korean War and the Vietnam War, both of which were horrific. In those two conflicts alone, 94,000 Americans were killed and an additional 240,000 were seriously injured. We also had to endure the very real possibility that some insane politician or even a rogue missile officer could start a nuclear holocaust. Don't talk to us about war and how gruesome it is. We know know all about it.
Everything seems to be a a insurmountable problems to Millennials. They boo-hoo about their student loans, when the reality is that their tuition and costs have no really increased that much in the last 20 years. Their loans are so high because they borrow far more money than they need to complete their education so that they don't have to work to get through school. We didn't have student loans. We worked (many of us full time) and went to school. This was the only choice open to us. And about the education we got. Today's college graduate has approximately the same level of educational attainment as a eight-grader from 1966. What did we do with this education? Well, for starters, we invented and developed the technology they take for granted -- technology we are told that they are so good at, but in reality they can only leverage for the purposes of entertainment and self-agrandizement. Present them will a real problem and technology and they are hopelessly lost.
Boomers have also endured recession after recession after recession. There have been six of them in my lifetime. The last one almost ended us and Millennials love to blame the big, bad Boomers for it. Well, we had little to nothing to do with it. It was caused by greedy, mostly Gen X morons, who decided that the rules of finance didn't apply to them and who were attempting to surpass their parent's lifestyles with money they had yet to earn.
So dry it up Millennials. No one whats to hear your whining. YOU are the cause of your own problems. If there is a valid criticism that should be leveled at my generation it is that we gave rise to you. We taught you that you were the most special people ever to have lived, when we should have taught you what we were taught: that you are not special and you deserve only that you work hard for. We rewarded you just for showing up and didn't demand that you find your own path through the world. We failed you further by not teaching you the value of constructive criticism and honest self-evaluation. We compound the problem by not demanding that you pull yourselves up by the bootstraps and try Plan B when Plan A fails. Rather, we continue to support you even into your 30s.