Your generation made the world this bad and Millennials are here to show you how that life doesn’t have to be that hard!
How bad did we make it?
- When I was a kid, pollution was Beijing-like in major cities (the award of the 1980 Olympics to L.A. was controversial because the smog could damage your health) and half of the Great Lakes were dead of fish and life. Today, the US is incredibly clean in comparison.
- When I was a kid, overt racism was accepted and considered natural. The “n” word was in common use among white kids in derogatory racist jokes. Today, overt racism barely exists, laws have been passed during my lifetime to illegalize discriminatory behavior in housing, jobs, and education, and although issues still exist, the situation is lightyears better for minorities than it was.
- When I was a kid in high school, the “computer class” meant getting on a bus to go downtown to where the districts only computer was, with your deck of 80-column cards which was the program you spent hours at a keypunch machine “coding”, and you hoped like hell the computer didn’t spit it out, because if it did, it was back to the drawing board.
- I financed my house in 1980 at an interest rate of 15.5% on an adjustable rate mortgage, and I felt lucky to get it; today the mortgage rate is 4%. Whatever we earned was being eaten up by inflation, which was running at about 10% a year; today the rate is negligible.