Jack Saturday

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Anti-Job, Pro-Freedom Quotes Of The Week 152-155


Quotation from 2000:

I think it’s harder and harder to understand why you wouldn’t do anything for money. And the biggest audience means the best thing—even though the people really know that it isn’t good, I think the values of mass entertainmment and celebrity culture have tremendously eroded our serious culture and our politics.

There’s a tremendous upsurge of a kind of approved vanity, or egotism now in the culture, where it’s considered perfectly normal that you’re really only interested in yourself—what you can do for yourself, what you can get for yourself, and the way you see things, and I think you’re just cut off from 99 percent of what’s out there. ...self-absorbed, maybe the character type that’s appropriate for consumer capitalism, the era of shopping—the promotionig egotism and egocentricity…
Susan Sontag
on CBC1, 2000

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Quotation from 2004:

…younger workers (Gen-Y and Gen-X) are more likely to be “family-centric” or "dual-centric" (with equal priorities on both career and family) and less “work-centric” (putting higher priority on their jobs than family) compared to members of the Boomer generation.

“What we found was striking—specifically because it uncovers a marked shift in the attitudes of both women and men who are redefining their priorities in life and in work.”

The study revealed that children of Gen-X parents receive more attention than children did in 1977, with Gen-X fathers spending over an hour more per day with their children than Boomer fathers. The study also finds that both women and men have become more conscious of the personal tradeoffs they have to make to advance in their careers and that an increasing number are instead choosing to stay at the same levels, rather than continue moving up the career ladder.


Quotation from 2006:

"Generation M is not innately rebellious or deviant or even countercultural. They have new tools they understand better than we do. They don't have some of the shackles and frames and anchors and tunnel vision we have. And they are asking 'why?' in a number of ways and in a number of places. And they need to be encouraged."
JP Rangaswami, quoted in
Positive Deviancy

Posted By Rob Millard

Quotation from 2007:

"Many people reaching their twenties find that their jobs do not provide the fulfillment and excitement they had anticipated," Twenge continues. "And their salary isn't enough to afford even a small house."

Millennial dissatisfaction in the workplace has not gone unnoticed by employers. Anastasia Goodstein recounts a recent Wall Street Journal article about a company that hired a praise consultant to help assuage the egos of young employees. "This is a generation used to veneration and attention and getting a pat on the back," Goodstein explains. But still, Goodstein wonders what kind of praise the consultant might offer. "Maybe 'Great job, you showed up today!' "

On EmployeeEvolution.com, 20-something bloggers Ryan Paugh and Ryan Healy hope to "create an anonymous dialogue between our generation and the corporations struggling to understand our attitudes about work." In a recent post entitled "Where Should a Millennial Draw the Line?," Paugh writes, "Part of being an entry-level worker is just waiting for something big to come your way. In the meantime, you bite your lip and act busy. Preceding generations say it's normal. I say it sucks.

In fact, they're dedicating their time to efforts they care about more than ever before. In 2003, 83 percent of college freshman were volunteering -- up from about 66 percent in 1990…
And for those dismayed by the general public's apparent distrust of smart politicians, here's a great sign: Eight in ten teens now say it's "cool to be smart."
What the World Might Look Like When the Millennials Run It
Tom Tresser,
Conscious Choice. Posted August 2, 2007.


Jack Saturday comments:

When The Breast-Fed Come Of Age

What happened between 2000 and, say, 2004 when I first heard about this wonderful generation called the Millennials? Where did this flipped generation of “good kids” who question corporate culture come from? What happened, I asked, over that four years? Did 9/11 wake them up from MTV to real compassion? Perhaps, partly.

I attribute this phenomenon to how the Millennials were treated as babies from birth to 8—I think if you look at the Millennials’ critical years, you might find breast-fed babies from the Boomers, I was there, those hippie girls were very wisely importing pagan and tribal wisdom back into relating to babies and children, unquestionably and irrefutably the most important job on earth. They were, thank God(dess) critiquing allopathic interferences in childbirth, and the evils of Nestlé. Their truly subversive, and quietly revolutionary acts of nursing/breastfeeding brought very close to the mainstream over the years starts to blossom when those little cared-for kids come of age. Now comes a wave of these kids who got something they needed when they needed it. Check it out, talk to their mothers*, and then ask who might have already contributed the most to saving this planet’s biosphere from the unloved/neglected kids, who always sought power, often in gangs. *Fathers of course have been slow in many cases, but they have been coming onside with regard to babies and toddlers, we see them out there with the baby carriages.


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