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October 8, 2013

Here's what I've learned about the next generation

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• They know little about history, certainly less than my generation does. If it didn’t happen to them and doesn’t affect them directly, what’s the use of knowing much, if anything, about it? 

• Grammar and spelling mean nothing to them. As long as whoever it is they’re texting can figure it out, why fret about what’s in the dictionary?

• They will go on job interviews in casual clothing accentuated with rings in their noses, figuring that if a prospective employer doesn’t like it, that’s just too bad for the prospective employer.

• They don’t seem to think that getting a semi-permanent job, buying a house, getting married and having kids looks like it would be much fun, so they don’t do those things.

• They find politics boring, and newspapers and TV news more boring than politics. They figure if something important is going on, they’ll find out about it ... eventually ... somehow.

Want to know what else I’ve discovered about the Millennials?

They are better than we are.

I mean it. They are better people, smarter, far more tolerant of those with different-colored skin and more accepting of inter-religion and inter-racial relationships than my generation.

If someone is gay or lesbian or transgender, they’re cool with that. They’re also cool with women being in leadership roles and don’t look upon Hispanics and blacks and Asians as being inferior.

They don’t know any jokes that begin with “a Jew and an Irishman walk into a bar ...”

They are less religious, but more “spiritual” than their mothers and fathers and seem to have far less guilt about how they live their lives.

How did they come to this “I’m OK, you’re OK” existence? Maybe it was watching “Sesame Street” or “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” when they were little, I don’t know. What I do know is that I find myself incredibly, refreshingly optimistic about this next generation.

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