Most of the conceptualisation, classification and categorisation systems we so readily make reference to spawned out of someone’s desire to make money in some or other way. In this day and age, we find ourselves defending systems we not only didn’t have a hand in formulating but aren’t too familiar with by way of their intended purpose.
That’s why pretty much everything comes right back to a discussion of money. Think about it. At any given point in your life, whatever it is you’re occupying yourself with, in some or other way the driving factor behind it goes back to money, be it a belief that you need more of it or in fact if it’s just a matter of trying to maintain your income channel.
It’s interesting how this ties in with the categorisation of the generations we’re made to identify with, with our grandparents known as Baby Boomers, our parents known as being part of Generation X and our generation known as the Millennial generation. Now, money comes into play as a very important factor in the consideration of just exactly what is behind the divide because it plays a significant role, if not the most significant role of them all.
If one takes a look at how things were financially for our grandparents, they were pretty much hunky-dory, which is why in the United States, in particular, they were referred to as baby boomers – mass shapers of their economic environment. Our parents’ generation had it both ways by way of their economic environment and their finances, with the former part of their existence largely playing out as a continuation of the good times enjoyed by the baby boomers.
I always think about the conspicuous consumption that came with big, fuel-hungry cars and the plastic money revolution set in motion by the widespread use of credit cards.
If you focus your thoughts on the present, however, things don’t seem to be looking too rosy for us millennials, with the typical millennial generally having to “make-do” with the effects of a social and economic system that’s suffering from an identity crisis. I mean in our parents’ time, a semi-skilled labourer who merely sought to look for a job hard enough would eventually find one and then be able to enjoy a good life on that middle-class salary. They were even able to afford the annual vacation and they could afford to pay off a mortgage on their house and generally just be able to pay for everything that makes up a functional environment for the raising of a family.
Since things are different for us millennials, perhaps the best way to bridge the divide between us, our parents and our grandparents is to see things for what they are and help each other out where each of us holds the means to do so.
Teach your grandma how to use social media for example so that she doesn’t miss you and her great grandkids as much as she currently does, perhaps as a reciprocation of their offer to pay for your education or fund your vacation with the pension money they don’t have much of a use for.
We all just have to find a way to work together in keeping the family structure solid.