You associate this generation with people that get pissed at their coffee getting too cold, or their binge-watching session being interrupted. But millennials have more on their minds than trivial things that are often stereotyped. The world is falling to bits and pieces around them and they can only gape and try to knock some sense into anyone who is listening. So why are millennials just so furious at everything? We decided to probe and ask.
Millennials demand to know why the privileged are screaming at delivery guys all the time
Aneesh Menon finds himself fortunate enough that he works in a field that wasn't adversely affected during the pandemic. With the privilege of living with his parents in the metro city, he empathises with the millions who had their livelihoods and lives affected by the pandemic. “It does make one angry and disappointed that maybe the people we elected to look out for our interests could have done better.”
What angers this millennial the most, even though he isn’t a victim of it, is the vast socio-economic divide that has taken root in the country as a result of casteism and classism. “The systematic oppression, subjugation and disenfranchisement of the lower castes/classes is a blight on the so-called 'esteemed culture' of our country and it needs to stop or we will never truly progress as a nation. We witnessed thousands of migrant labourers left stranded in large cities at the advent of the lockdown with nowhere to go.”
“During the pandemic, the poor had no space to bury their dead. The entitled were, on the other hand, given all the attention, facilities, doctors and oxygen.” - Aneesh Menon
He points out that while these issues seemed exaggerated during the pandemic, this is the ground reality that persists. In everyday life, he says, the divide between the 'haves' and the 'have-nots' has never been as vast as it is now. Cutting the cookie-cutter, he says it is time now for that to stop and emphasises that the new generation needs to step up and look at those less fortunate and privileged than us with empathy and do what we can to make India a truly 'equal' country.
Why do aunties think millennials are entitled when it is in fact their generation that ruined things?
“I genuinely believe that the Boomer and Gen X generations ruined a lot of things for millennials. Their rampant consumerism and capitalist ways speeded up global warming and are the leading causes of unending inflation in several parts of the world,” says Jackie J. Thakkar. Neglectful attitudes of the previous generations are the reasons for his angst. He says the current generation is the one that has to pay for the sins of the past ones with two recessions and a pandemic.
“What really irks me is that back in the 60s or 80s, our parents could dream of moving to a city like Mumbai, owning a home and having a brand new car in their garage. In contrast, I doubt most in our generation will be homeowners in this lifetime and I don't have a single friend in their 20s or even early 30s who can consider anything but a second-hand car.” - Jackie J Thakkar
The rampant overcrowding of cities like Mumbai is bad enough, he points out, but what is worse is that the corrupt higher-ups have also ensured that the youth don't have any open spaces, play areas or even other recreation activities like museums, zoos etc. “Think about it; when was the last time your friends and you made a plan that didn't involve going out drinking or eating at an overpriced restaurant? It's no wonder most millennial and Gen Z youth turn to alcohol and drugs early.”
As if all this isn’t enough, there is a cherry on the cake, the attitude that blatant elders have towards the plight of millennials: ‘tum log toh entitled ho.’ Jackie has the retort. “Nahi, aunty. AAPKI generation entitled thi. And we are suffering because of it!”
Why are women expected to be superwomen?
Aastha Gupta calls out the elephant in the room. She thinks inequality needs to be spoken about on larger platforms and more often than is done. “Why are men expected to fulfil the role of just a bread earner while a woman, on the other hand, is expected to fulfil multiple roles like being a housemaker, a tutor, a caretaker, a symbol of strength and courage for the society, along with being a bread earner too. Why can't men be equally responsible for all of this?”
“Since centuries, women are being burdened with these unsaid expectations and are conditioned in such a way that they believe it's their duty to fulfill them.” - Aastha Gupta
She feels that in the process of trying to satisfy every role, women forget about their own health, wellness and happiness. Although women nowadays are increasingly trying to place themselves above their families and social responsibilities, she hates the fact that this is often viewed as selfish and evil. “We, as women, need to rise above such old-age notions and practices. It’s high time we stop undervaluing and start respecting ourselves before we expect it from the people around us.”
Is the system failing us?
Odell Dias has his points sorted out. He is angry and he needs answers. Odell, like every one of us, has gone through school being taught that marks are prime, only to realise later that our education system does not prepare us for the real world.
“Our education system did not train us for life,” is his complaint. There is undoubtedly an obsession with theoretical learning and no training on how to save money, invest, cook, or be prepared with life skills. “I remember feeling helpless when I finished college, stumbling from call centre to call centre until I finally figured out what my passion is and how to invest and save money. By that time, it was already quite late.” He wishes, like so many others, that he was taught about skills in the classroom instead of how to get the first rank.
“I’m not entitled, and neither do I feel I deserve something. I’m just pissed because the previous generation created this mess and now expects us to clean it for them. We can’t, we were not prepared, but we are trying our best and hopefully, that will be enough.” - Odell Dias
Climate change while evidently leading to our doom is something we still haven’t taken quite seriously yet. “It quite literally feels like the end of the world due to the global warming issue. Again this wasn’t our fault. We were just handed this mess. There is very little that we can do right now to combat climate change, and the future will be filled with more pandemics and climate issues.”
Are you pissed at the world and the state of things around you? Do you feel it is time to step up, cut the nonsense and make a change? You and every millennial out there.
Yes, the world isn’t wrong when they say millennials are all about getting their coffees right. But what they miss out on is that we are a generation of people who will not calmly accept what has been passed down.