Why Destroy Things?

We’re doomed; the future has been left to the Millennials.

That statement is both true, and ridiculous. Make no mistake, society will change, and Millennials are drawing up the blueprints as I write this. Many people are uncomfortable with this fact. What is it that today’s young adults have done (or are doing) that frightens the populace? Even I worry about repercussions of these ideas thrown around by me and my peers.

Millennials have been accused of killing culture en mass. Breastraunts, fine dining, and luxury homes have taken a hit. Churches are loosing their youth, and face-to-face interaction just isn’t what it used to be. One of the accused has made what she calls a “memorial” to the parts of society thoughtlessly killed by Millennials. What if this slaughter of society turns out not to be an accident, but a planned destruction?

No, I do not think that today’s youth purposefully set out to take down what the last generation built up. (Although this certainly happens.) But they get a choice. Today’s young adults have no obligation to follow in their parent’s footsteps. And with changing employment options, different wars, and new ways to make it in the world, why would they? Do not misunderstand me; I value the past, but it is unlikely to be the future.

Industries rise and fall, and fads grow and fade. America may be in culture shock, but that is one of the few consistencies in this country’s short history. America went from a rebellious British colony to a super power, and we are constantly being challenged as a world leader. The refining, sacrificing, planting, and uprooting of culture to create and sustain this nation can be volatile. Roughly 130 years ago, boys wore dresses, sometimes pink, as a norm. That would incite quite the debate today.

The blatant truth is that Millennials are the largest generation in America’s history. They have changing power in this country. Financial strains force some decisions, such as cooking at home, and grabbing a Redbox. But that same choice can stem from a desire to learn culinary skills, take some time away from people, and get to know a friend without a movie theater hindering conversation.

So yes, we Millennials are leveling some culture, but maybe these changes are not mere destruction, but clearing ground to build something else.