The ‘screwed generation’


That’s what Newsweek called millennials in July. It’s makes me sick.

The premise is all wrong.  Millennials — the latest generation — are NOT going to achieve the home or lifestyle of their parents. For the first time since WW2, a shrinking middle classmeans kids won’t exceed

Hey! Wipe that smile off your face! Newsweek says you can’t be happy!

previous generations in material wealth.

So they’re screwed, Newsweek says. As if money were the key to happiness.

Why does no one question the premise??? Money is NOT the key to happiness. We can be happier than

That’s much better! Cry for less money!

our parents with less money. It’s okay. It’s not the end of the world.

The artist is happy, though nearly starving, because she does what she loves. The humble blogger is happy, though not a famous author, because he does what he loves. Happiness derives from family, from marriage, from a

Ok, seriously, go ahead and enjoy life.

satisfying usefulness in life, from a passion pursued. But the media hammers incessantly that bucks bring joy. There have been millions of miserable millionaires.

Do what you love and don’t buy the line that you should be unhappy just because you have less. It’s baloney!

The Master said: Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions — Luke 12:15 NIV.

31 responses to “The ‘screwed generation’

  1. I’m pretty screwed too, I guess ^^
    I’m nearing graduation, and recently it has become increasingly relevant to me that upon graduation, if I get a job, my salary as a junior designer would probably be half of that my brother’s/my peer’s. If I don’t get a job, it’d be considered good if my monthly income was a quarter of theirs.

    It’s a trend of the industry I’m in, and the situation of the industry in my country, and it was something I had known before applying for my 4 year degree. There is pressure, and problems will come, indeed, sooner or later – as much as I’d hate to admit it, passion cannot pay bills; but perhaps passion + faith can.

    I don’t know. I’m not worried though. I’m content with my present and my outlook for the future; I love what I’m doing, and if that means I’ll have to sacrifice certain luxuries, so be it.

  2. Thank you for coming by to my blog.

    This compliments so well with my last post. May I include a link to this post on my post?

  3. There's a frog on my Sprocket!

    Wow kinda harsh of Newsweek… It’s sad money is not the secret to happiness but it’s not really fair for me to comment on this. I don’t have monetary concerns.
    Still I know the things that make me happy money can’t buy!

    • Thanks! Are there any rewards for awesome comments? You should get an award for awesome comments.

      • There's a frog on my Sprocket!

        One receives bonus points for comments of the awesome variety. Bonus points may be applied to ones point total if so desired. Then when one accumulates a total of one billion points they may redeem said points for stickers. And stickers well they are cool…
        Okay, there aren’t really points but I think there should be.
        Thank you for your kindness, positive kind words a worth an endless stack of stickers. For they help to encourage me and build my self-esteem.
        Also, thank you for always posting such great posts and reminding me that God must come first, and loving others of course as He asked.

  4. Planting Potatoes

    so well said!

  5. As someone who’s been teaching college for the past 25 years or so, (along with a lot of other things) I was SO grateful when I saw your generation come along. The ones who say your generation is in trouble are people who don’t know you or work with you. In the past when I asked students what they wanted to do, they said, “make a lot of money.” For the past five years or so, I haven’t heard that. I’ve heard, help my family, or find a new way to do….., or go work with people who need help…. So all in all, I think you guys are GREAT! You are the ones who will change the world. Thank you. I’m just cheering you on. It’s a big job.

    PS: thanks for visiting the community newsletter and leaving your like. You are the generation that will begin to realize and talk the talk of God being Father AND Mother. God Father/Mother is how I put it. You can adopt any time you want! JS

  6. To see just how wrong Newsweek is go to to see what a young couple are doing to make the world a better place. If the baby boomers were the “me” generation, the millennials will be the “we” generation. I am hopeful for them. Great post.
    God bless

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  8. This how so many people see life–they are using the wrong form of measure. Wealth does not equal happiness, it is the attitude of the heart. Last time I checked, attitude (and I speak of positive) was free 😀 . I think too many spend way too much time trying to categorize people and place them in cubicles, boxes, or whatever. Have a good week!

  9. I pray that the saints of God do not embrace such “doom” as truth for their lives but instead look to the truth of the Word……glad that my post “It’s Time to Stop Running” was a blessing to you.

  10. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    Well said – as a mother to children in your generation I can agree with what you wrote. ” Happiness derives from family, from marriage, from a
    satisfying usefulness in life, from a passion pursued”. That was how I was raised and I also tried to instill that in my children, and am proud of their compassion and love for others. Money is not the means to happiness and I like what garden2day wrote how happiness is an attitude of the heart. The next generation does indeed have a good attitude of the heart, that inspires hope for the future. Patty

  11. It’s the generosity of heart that makes the biggest difference in a life. . .

  12. Wow that’s crazy that they would just write us off that easy. But maybe it’s a good thing. For the first generation since WW2 we might have more opportunity than any other group to reshape our priorities!

  13. It’s so funny the weight we place on material possessions. I have lived in Mexico in some of the poorest communities you can imagine; houses with sticks tied together with string, tin roofs that leaked, dirt floors and children sleeping five and six to a twin size bed…those were some of the happiest children I have ever seen. Playing with an empty coke bottle or a tire rim would elicit laughter from children all around. It would behove us to put more weight in the character of an individual than financial worth. Just my opinion.

  14. What a mad world. If people would learn to live the simple life and enjoy it, things would be so much better. There’s a battle between self and it’s reputation, prestige,power..This power battle/money war life style has the older generations failing, miserably.
    Life is here to enjoy not be miserable in your 9-5..where you make tons of cash then complain when it’s time to spend it. Money does not buy joy. Thank you God that you are the only one each generation has to please. Thank you God for teaching us to be humble…We have to tell Newsweek, the good news of Jesus Christ. 🙂

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