To say that today’s generation is generous is a laugh. Not to be cynical, but I haven’t come across anyone below the age of 24 that has shown me any generosity or compassion whatsoever. Lately I’ve come across a lot of people who are more than self absorbed. In a day and age where all this generation knows is music, television, iPhones, Facebook, Twitter and video games, there’s no need for people to interact with one another to relate to the human condition anymore. Why participate in the real world when your TV is full of supposed reality television? For the past year I’ve come across the most self centered people I’ve probably met in my whole entire life. Unfortunately these are people I have to work with each and every day. I’ve had many say to me that “Oh, well they’re still so young. They haven’t reached that level of maturity yet.” My belief is that respecting others has nothing to do with age. If you’re older than 10 years old you know how to do these things. This is something that should be taught to someone from a very young age. At what point do you stop excusing this behavior and saying that it’s because the person is young to admitting they’re just rude individuals?
In all honesty these are only things I’ve realized mostly with my current job. With my last two jobs I worked with a diverse group of people; young, old, black, white, hispanic, gay and straight. There were lots of people from different backgrounds and we all had something to bring to the table and to top it all off we all pretty much suffered the same things to a certain extent. With those last jobs they were retail/ customer service which meant crappy pay and crappy hours. We were all in the same struggle so with that being said no one was better than the other and we all respected each other. With my current job it’s mainly black women and the pay is a bit more. It’s hard to say that with this lack of respect and generosity if it comes from the stereotype that all black women do is gossip and cut each others throats or from the simple fact that the pay is so much more than your normal customer service job which makes some feel like they’re better than others. I’m starting to believe that it may be a mixture of both. That assumption then brings me to the conclusion that it’s not all generational, but mostly culture and class, but that’s only partly, seeing as most of the co-workers that I interact with are still under the age of 30. It’s also hard to tell who belongs to what category whether it be cultural, generational or class because there’s always that group of people who are much older, but still want to keep up with people 15-25 years younger than them. With this job I’ve run into a lot of 40 somethings who show plenty of disrespect, but want people to respect them because they’re older. You can’t have it both ways. Respect isn’t something that is offered to you because of your age, it’s something that is earned. It amazes me how some have not figured that out yet. It is easy to say that technology and social networking has crippled us in a way to relate to another human being, but here’s to hoping that it’s only a small percentage of society. There are still a lot of great people out there with a lot of kindness in their hearts and no matter the generation those are people I accept in my life with open arms.