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Hi, I am a millennial and apparently, I am killing every industry there is

Millennials are killing…

Shut up.

First of all, stop labeling all of us as millennials. We are not some sort of a secret organization that has all the people born in the 80s and 90s waiting to carry out some operation against the establishment. STOP WITH THE WORLD MILLENNIAL ALREADY.

Now that we got that out of the picture, let’s talk about what am I doing.

So apparently, I am killing entire industries.

Can anybody compile a list of every industry I am killing? Someone, please?

Well, thank you Business Insider

So here’s the list:

  1. Oil
  2. Football
  3. Home improvement stores
  4. Gyms
  5. Designer Handbags
  6. Department Stores
  7. Banks
  8. Fabric Softeners (seriously?)
  9. Diamond
  10. Bar Soap
  11. Yogurt
  12. Homeownership
  13. Motorcycles
  14. Golf
  15. Cereal
  16. Breastaurant Chains
  17. Napkin
  18. Beer
  19. Casual Dining Places

 

That’s a long list.

That article is so hilarious that it’s painful to read.

“The decline in light yogurt can be traced to a growing demand for natural, protein-rich foods that fill up health-conscious consumers,…”

“Part of the reason is that when millennials do spend money, they’re spending more on experiences like restaurants and traveling. Millennials are less drawn to aspirational, designer brands”

“….Further, they primarily see the (oil) industry’s careers as unstable, blue-collar, difficult, dangerous and harmful to society.”

“….a loss of interest in breasts is bad for business.” (Not even kidding)

I seriously think that that article is some form of high-level sarcasm that I am not getting. I mean a loss of interest in breasts? Seriously?

Most of these cannot be even considered ‘killing’. I mean Harley sold less than 2000 motorbikes less that one time and suddenly I am being blamed for killing the motorcycle industry. 

And some of them are plain stupid.

“Millennial consumers are more attracted than their elders to cooking at home, ordering delivery from restaurants, and eating quickly, in fast-casual or quick-serve restaurants”

So suddenly I am the bad guy for cooking my own meal at home or ordering from a place to avoid traffic and save time. Great.

“…millennials have a massive distrust of existing financial services.”

 

Gee, I wonder why. Maybe because the worst recession of the 21st century was caused by these ‘financial services’. Maybe because these financial services led to a loss of 2.6 million jobs.

Maybe because over 10,000 people took their lives because of the recession.

Because there was a loss of $19.2 trillion in household wealth in America alone.

And all these ‘financial institutions’ went on their merry way and almost no one went to jail.

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Image Source: The New York Time

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Image Source: The Atlantic

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Image Source: The Economist

So yeah, excuse me if I don’t trust these financial institutions.

Also, if you haven’t noticed, I am poor

Even if I want to buy your crappy bags and over expensive diamond rings, I can’t.

Things are more expensive than ever. And this is not just me being a snowflake or playing the victim, they actually are more expensive.

Buying home today is more expensive than ever.

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Image Source: Debt.com

 

Education is more expensive than ever.

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Image Souce: Business Insider

 

Healthcare is more expensive than ever.

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Also, I have a massive student loan debt. I work two jobs to survive, and I am still living paycheck to paycheck.

So sorry, if I am not buying a home or fabric softeners or eating out as much as you’d want me to.

I am working long hours and constantly hoping that I don’t get sick or injured because that would….that would screw up everything.

I am not killing industries.

I am the one who is dying.

Suicides-Rates-in-the-US

Image Source: Reuters

 

libtard

Hi, I am a label

I am not a person anymore.

Wherever I go, whoever I talk to, whatever I say has to be in some sort of a category.

Some people call me a liberal, others call me a right-winger. Some call me a communist, some call me a conservative.

Yes, I am a label.

If I don’t agree with you or your opinion, I must follow some other ideology that you consider as beneath you.

I don’t know exactly how or when it started. Things were perfectly fine until a few years earlier. People talked to me as a person even when I had different opinions. No, things weren’t peachy before too. There were heated debates, personal attacks, and mild abuses before too, but today it feels like it’s almost impossible to have a discussion unless you belong to a particular ‘category’.

personalities

 

Funny story actually. Until a few years ago, I didn’t know what any of those words meant. The first time someone called me a liberal, I had to actually look it up to know what it meant. Up until then, I didn’t even know I was a liberal.

So I started identifying as a liberal (yeah, I was a naive chap).

Until I presented a differing opinion in a liberal forum. Suddenly, my identity changed. I was called a right-wing c*nt and a conservative that is holding the country back.

First of all, I didn’t know that I was so big of a deal that I was single-handedly holding the country back. Second: Why is it people like to blame those with different opinions for all that is wrong with the world?

But I still continued on a journey to find the perfect ideology that I could identify with.

I looked everywhere.

Tried Facebook. Any page I followed or any group I joined, I was abused for presenting a different opinion. Over a period of a week, my inbox was filled with thousands of abuses (some were quite creative I might add).

Went to Quora which I initially liked as it was more welcoming and open-minded but after a while, I was labeled as a ‘libtard’ and a communist for going against the dominant narrative.

Tried Reddit but was disappointed to see it’s because more of an echo chamber. The upvote/downvote system makes it easy to suppress the voices that do not agree with the majority. Only comments that confirmed the narrative were upvoted.

Didn’t go to Twitter because I like my sanity.

Even tried to have discussions with my parents and family, but proposing a differing view or even questioning theirs was insolence.

To all of them I am a label: Libtard, commie, right-winger, conservative c*nt, arrogant, offended, triggered feminist, misogynist, butthurt leftist, lazy millennial.

STOP

 

Some may say ‘Why bother? Delete social media and stop discussing controversial topics altogether.’

I ask them – Why?

Why should I be the one that has to censor?

Why should I be the one who has to silence himself?

Why can’t people have a civil discussion?

And it’s not about social media either. Yes, this trend is more dominant there but that doesn’t mean that my real life conversations are any better. Have you ever tried offering a different perspective on your family Whatsapp group?

Today, it’s blasphemous to even have more than one type of ideology. It has to be this side or that one. Everyone wants to paint it as black or white. Nobody wants to hear or even acknowledge the grey. To them, a human is such a simple being that he is incapable of holding more than one point of view.

emotions

 

Why do they do it?

Because it’s convenient.

It gives people great comfort to be in a group that confirms their beliefs. Sometimes, this goes to a point where they alter their own identity just to be a part of this group. Not because of new facts, but because of fear of being excommunicated. They change themselves because going with the dominant narrative is more important to them, even if it comes at the cost of their own identity.

Identity

 

I am all for having an open-minded discussion. In any given scenario, I’ll be more than happy to change my opinion if the other side presented convincing facts. I mean, that is how you grow isn’t it? But if your only argument is that I say so or personal abuses, then sorry, we can’t and shouldn’t have a discussion.

This is one of the main reason I started this website so that people can actually talk and move beyond labels.

With Ishturd, I hope to build a community that is open-minded and welcoming. One that doesn’t propagate hate or resort to ad hominem when someone doesn’t agree with them. One that challenges views frequently and understands that it is alright to change ideologies, beliefs, opinions in light of new evidence or facts. One that isn’t afraid to grow.

I don’t mean to preach but the current state of discussions (online and offline) isn’t really acceptable. There is no denying it. I hope that together we can build a platform where people can converse without hate.

Until then, I am a label, and will stay one.

Image Sources: Pxhere, Twitter

worthless

The fault in our resumés: Job search vs. your self-esteem

This may sound like a rant, and it is, but this whole job searching has made me cranky. So bear with me if I get a little overboard. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you, the greatest bout of all time: Job search vs. your self-esteem.

boxing

 

Looking for a job after college? Yeah, it doesn’t work like that. It doesn’t matter if you nearly killed yourself trying to get good grades, doing co-curricular, working part-time to make ends meet and acquire the specific skills for the job you actually want to do, recruiters will still reject you.

Why? Who the hell knows. They expect you to have 3 years of experience in an entry-level job. I mean, who came up with that? How do they expect us to do two unpaid internships and survive? In what world does that make sense?

Interview

 

‘Tell us about yourself’

They expect us to summarise the hell we go through at uni and those internships and working part-time and present it in a way it is professional, sorry it’s exactly what they want to hear. They have these prejudices set that and it doesn’t matter if you have an excellent GPA or have all the necessary certifications or recommendations, they’d still hire the robot who can work for minimum wage, 12 hours a day, doesn’t question, just smiles moronically. That is the ideal candidate.

Even if by any chance you had your interview which you feel good about and are now really expecting an offer, you won’t get it, at least not for a few weeks which is not such a bad thing if there is some sort of assurance that they are gonna respond to you, in either case. But that’s not how it works. If you aren’t selected, these people don’t even have the balls to tell you that. How hard can it be? To tell someone they are not hired? Even if the person is constantly mailing you. They play with people’s desperation and they know it. What kind of an asshole do you have to be to not call back or mail a person who’s constantly asking you for an update? A person who doesn’t even know if his application is still in consideration or his resume is in the trash.

Rejected

 

It doesn’t matter if you do everything right, nobody gives a crap. Not companies, not people, no one. You’re left with 2 choices in the end. Be willing to sacrifice your self-respect and work like a dog, for half a day, without questioning, without objecting for an amount that’s barely enough to survive on till the next paycheck comes OR quit everything and do your own thing, which could mean your college degree is now of no use, with massive debt and no assurance that you will make it. That’s life for you.

So?

“Well, ishturd guy, it happens with everyone ok? So quit complaining and man up!” Yeah, ‘it’ happening to everyone doesn’t make it right or acceptable. And not talking about it won’t make the problem ‘disappear’. This whole bloody system is flawed. And I am not even cribbing about not be able to do what I really want (because let’s face it, that’s not gonna happen) , I am complaining about not getting a job, for which I worked my ass off at uni, did everything right and still end up here, with my debt sitting there, smiling slyly. The world’s playing a cruel joke, and you sir, are the punchline.

And the winner of Job search vs. Your self-esteem is….

 

 

Do you really wanna know?

Image Sources: Pexels, Pixabay, Pxhere

9 differences between our parents’ generation and ours

A few days back, I wrote this article in which I touched about why our parents’ generation doesn’t like art that much. It got me wondering though; it’s not just about art. As a generation, there are so many ways in which we are different from our parents. 

Most of us would like to say that we’re better, while some other aadarsh balaks with the Baghban virus may say that our parents’ generation is simply incapable of having flaws. I think it would be better to point out the differences first and then make a call. Heads up though, this may read like a massive generalization, and it is. But that doesn’t mean it is not true. Actually, read for yourself and then decide.

Let’s do this.

  1. Authority

authority

 

Our parents love authority. Love it. When it comes to authority or rather, authority figures, our parents are much less likely to question it. They give respect to the authority, fear it even. They’ll do things without questioning if it comes from a person that they regard as an authority figure. And when they themselves reach that place, they expect the same too. That’s why you can see so many parents (especially Asian parents) complaining that their children don’t respect them enough. That they ‘question’ too much.

It’s true. As a generation, we are more likely to question everyone, especially if someone is an authority. Because we need to know that apart from being older, what else credibility does the authority have. Most parents don’t like us questioning them, because they’ve never questioned their parents. What they don’t realize is that for us, questioning does not mean disrespecting the person.

 

  1. Hard Work

Hard Work

 

I am not saying that we are lazy, but our parents’ generation is simply ahead when it comes to working hard. To do a task, our generation tends to find a way that takes the least effort, which can be a good thing as it opens the door to explore new ways. But let’s face it, more often than not, it causes delays. But our parents don’t shy away from hard work. It may not be the most time-efficient way every time, but they get it done. That’s one thing we can definitely learn from them.

 

  1. Change

Change

 

This one is pretty relevant today. All the debates are about this, all major political discussions are about this. Our parents’ generation doesn’t like change, period. They don’t like trying new things, they don’t like breaking old norms, they don’t like reforming old rules and values; so that they can be made more suitable to the current times. They don’t like to change their beliefs. Well, no one does. But we as a generation, are more open to change. We don’t cling to our beliefs that hard. Whereas if you try to change our parents’ beliefs, they can turn hostile.

 

  1. Society

Society

 

Our parents are very much part of this society. They also have this sense of ‘pride’ in a societal context. We don’t have that. We can’t care less about the society or what it thinks of us. But our parents can sometimes care more about other people than their own children. They judge others and that’s why people judge them. They also have this notion that other people have to play it by their rules. Which is why you see a lot of people in their mid-fifties judging people younger than them for their choice of clothes, sexual preference, political views, and even humor.

 

  1. Patience

 

Patience is something we do NOT have. We live in a world without wait. We can’t wait for anything. We always need it now, not later. Our parents, on the other hand, have patience in an abundance. They can wait for things, without getting anxious – something that we as a generation is slowly forgetting. Even our technology is shaping us to become more impatient. We can’t watch >1-minute long video or a 500-word article (please read this one though). Our parents can do that with ease. That’s a really nice quality to have, in my opinion. It gives a sense of calm before taking a decision. Patience is really the key.

 

  1. Respect

Respect

 

This may sound like I am piggybacking point number 1, but I believe it’s an entire criterion in itself. Of all the big talk that our parents do about respect, they have very little of it. Our parents’ generation mostly respect authority figures only. They don’t usually respect people who are younger and/or financially and socially weaker than them. The whole concept of ‘status’ is quite deep-rooted in their minds. They also don’t have any respect for other people’s opinions, if it’s something that they don’t agree with.

 

  1. Courage

Courage

 

You have to give this to the parents. They have seen things that most of us can’t even imagine, and they still managed to hold the position that they do. This doesn’t mean that we are scared little snowflakes, it’s just that they have been through struggle –  financial, emotional and societal struggle, from the very start. Their families were broken, they had little money (relatively), and many of them ran away from home when they were young. They also didn’t have this much convenience, they had lesser security, and yet they didn’t give up. They took it head on, and still managed to build empires.  

 

  1. Relationships

Relationships

 

Our parents really like the relationships in their lives, even when they don’t. ‘Family first’ is what they’ve always taught us. They consider relationships important, sometimes too much for their own good. Many of them are absolutely miserable with their relationships because they are afraid to let go. They have a hard time breaking relationships and letting people go, even if they are toxic. We, as a generation, are more open to that, if it means taking care of ourselves. But this can be bad too. While it’s good to think about ourselves, this very mentality is the reason behind weak relationships. We are more likely to leave a relationship than work on it. Our parents take care of relationships better than us.

 

  1. Greed

Greed

 

This is perhaps the most important criterion of all. While others were more on an individual level, this one is more on a global level. Our parents’ greed has ruined us. It has ruined the system. Hell, it’s ruining the planet. Their greed for more money, more power, more control has made the world a ticking time bomb. I am not saying we are the most honest or selfless generation of people to ever walk the planet, but still, our greed pales in comparison to theirs. Their greed has butchered children, massacred people, destroyed countries, and killed the world. They can do anything to stay in power, even if it means killing their own humanity.

I know that I am oversimplifying things. People are more complex than mere 9 points. It’s also possible that I may be entirely wrong. After all, there are no facts here, just observations. If you disagree, let’s have a healthy discussion. Because some intelligent guy has just said that we are more open to ideas.

Image Sources: Pxhere, Pixabay, Flickr

The Urban Poor

Times have changed. People no longer work for money, they work for a social status. People with a
lifestyle that is quantified by the kind of clothes you wear, the places you go
to eat, the kind of pictures you upload on social media – I present you the
urban poor.

The Urban Poor

 

They aren’t poor at all. They just have the bad luck of living in a time where keeping up
appearances is given more importance than actually ‘living’. They are hungry
and broke…a lot. But in their defense, it’s not entirely their fault.
Succumbing to peer pressure is their only choice more often than not. Because
the alternative is being labeled as cheap. ‘I don’t care about what people
think of me’ is a nice Facebook status, in the real world though, sometimes
you have to keep up appearances.

Facebook Like

 

Why? Because this is what the world has come to, sadly. You can’t have a meeting
with a client in a Sai Sagar now, can you? You’ll go to Starbucks for that.
You won’t post a picture of Rs 70 thali on Instagram. You’ll need a Rs 400 pint
of beer for that. These are the things that these urban poor go through, and
while it may not sound that big of an issue, it is to them, and to the people
around them.

Fake Friends

 

I have seen people skipping lunch just to have a beer at a high-end place in the evening.
People walking for 5 KMS just to save money. People refusing to eat and still
end up paying when the bill is split so as to not look cheap. These are small
things sure, but these things happen. This is a lifestyle which was forced upon
us. Advertising shows us to how to live, what to eat, what to wear. Whether we
can afford it or not is irrelevant – it’s what all the cool kids do, so to
speak. And that’s exactly what an Urban Poor is.

What we should remember is that while it is important to keep up appearances to a
certain extent because let’s face it, we can’t completely avoid it. But succumbing
to pressure to the point where it starts making your life miserable is not
how you should live. You deserve to be happy, you work hard for it.