Take This “Insert Job if You Have One” and Shove It
How many unemployed young people do you know? I can count at least three that I know that are under 35. They are educated with college degrees, they are intelligent and free-thinking, and they have potential, but they have no ambition to get a job. Why is that? Truly everyone has their own story and will tell you why they aren’t employed. And there are people that try to find a job and are met with rejection from every interview. But, there are also those who just have no motivation to even try to find a job. Period.
I don’t understand this mindset, but it’s occurring in the younger generation across the U.S. From Sedona to Harrisburg to Burlington, there are abled-bodied adult men and women who have purposefully passed on the whole career thing and have decided to take it easy during their most potentially productive and high earning years of their life.
What has happened to young people, who instead of striving for a rewarding career have punted their prospects and have found satisfaction from underachievement and a life of leisure, an early retirement if you will. I find it baffling and bothersome.
I wonder, where has this idea of not having to work hard or even just work, come from? Is the entitlement mentality so pervasive that young people think success is getting an iPhone and socializing with others in their unemployed peer group? Or is starting at an entry-level position or working retail beneath them? I don’t have the answer, I just see this happening with people from my generation and I find this disturbing phenomenon becoming accepted as the new normal. I’m calling them out for what they are….slackers.
So what becomes of these unemployed young people? How do they eat, where do they live? Being young and not having a job is either depressing for those who desperately want a job or liberating for those who have some sort of outside funding such as a parent’s generosity or friends who are affable to freeloaders. The thought of giving up and resorting to unemployment as a way of life is an insult to most Americans, including me.
So why is this happening? Is the Occupy Wall Street effect spreading and converting young people into shoving their job and career tracks to the trash heap because “the man” won’t let them get ahead? Did the notion that working for a corporation or a profitable organization comprised of people become a reprehensible route? The Occupier presence this summer of 2012 has had a miniscule showing at best. Perhaps this summer’s heat wave is melting their rage against the corporate machine.
Or is it because the Obama administration is making it easier to get food stamps and other forms of welfare. With a waiver from HHS, the bipartisan law that required people to try to find work before accepting benefits is gone. The Obama administration just nullified the work of Bill Clinton’s welfare reform of 1996. Now you don’t even have to try to improve your situation before you get benefits, the government will just cut you a check.
How can the under 35 generation be this disenfranchised and cynical towards work at such a young age? There’s a lot more living to do after thirty-five. What are the consequences of not having solid work experience at this age? Does it affect their marriageability? What about starting a family? Trust me, this is a huge part of what is on the minds of young people. The average age that men and women get married for the first time has been increasing for decades.
What about paying down debt or saving for retirement? If you don’t have any income, you’ve got to be incurring debt to pay for life’s necessities right? Or maybe you’re lucky enough that you’ve got your life subsidized by some high net worth individual or you’re taking advantage of government welfare.
Sure, there’s a lot you could be cynical about, but that’s no way to go through life. Cynicism, caustic sarcasm, and a mindset that the deck is stacked against you never brought joy or prosperity to anybody. I believe in being optimistic in life no matter what happens on your path. You never know what is around the next corner. Being prepared to take charge of your life and put in the necessary hard work to achieve your goals cannot be discounted. Seize the day young people!
If you have a story about an unemployed friend or acquaintance or you know someone who refuses to find work, please send me your comments.